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Spiritual Formation for Adults

"Among the mature... we impart a secret and hidden wisdom." (I Corinthians 2:6-7)

"Be transformed by the renewing of your mind [Greek "nous"]." (Romans 12:2)

"Put off your old nature... and be renewed in the spirit of your minds [Greek "nous"] and put on the new nature." (Ephesians 4:22-23)

At DaySpring, many of us have come to see that the spiritual journey is deeper and richer than we once thought. Many of us grew up in churches that seemed to teach "get saved and go evangelize" without teaching people how to go deeply into the spiritual life. We want to know God in a deep way that heals and transforms us; we want to have transformed, prepared hearts.

It has been a surprise to many of us to learn that there is an ancient Christian spiritual tradition that teaches a person how to cleanse the heart and open it to God in a way that leads to change. At DaySpring, we value this spiritual tradition and seek to understand it and practice it. This is not pop psychology or New Age stuff or the latest trend -- it is the ancient Christian path that has been largely unknown among western Christians, particularly Protestants.

Though being made right with God does not depend on one's efforts, one's subsequent spiritual progress does, at least in part. The spiritual journey is not an escalator (you just step on and it carries you upward). Jesus said that it is a "hard road," i.e. it requires effort, but it "leads to life." As a person practices spiritual disciplines, i.e. makes an effort, with an open heart, God acts -- the spiritual Fathers described this as synergy.

We want to be a community of spiritual, loving people who are walking the spiritual path and becoming more like Christ.

At DaySpring, we attempt to be formed spiritually in Christ in a variety of ways. We encourage one another to immerse ourselves daily in Scripture through a slow, meditative style of reading. We worship in a style designed to draw us deeper into God. We cultivate stillness and quiet in our lives. We learn how to gain control of our bodily desires, thoughts, and emotions. We learn how to pray.

If you are interested in specific formation opportunities at DaySpring, they are listed below. Also, please visit the Resources/Library section of this web site where you will find documents written by our leadership to assist people on their journey and some recommended books available for purchase in the Commons at DaySpring.

Formation Opportunities

Summer 2014 Spiritual Formation Classes: Sacred Space and Thin Places

During summers at DaySpring, the Bible Study class, Christian Studies class, and all small formation groups come together for Sunday morning formation. It's a wonderful time to mix, mingle, and share reflection. This summer we will focus on the theme of sacred space and thin places, understood as those times when we experience the abiding presence and action of God's Spirit.

Each Sunday a DaySpringer will teach on one of the following topics: spiritual companioning, creation, architecture, landscape, and silence. We will consider together how these metaphorical and literal spaces invite us to remember, experience, and anticipate God's presence in our lives. We will begin in the chapel at 9:45 and all are welcome. Email Amy Everett if you have questions.


Other Formation Opportunities:

Spiritual Direction/Guidance is offered in small groups and one-on-one.
Spiritual Formation - 9:45am
Worship - 11am
Evening Prayer - 5:30pm
Youth Gathering - 6pm
Choir Practice - 7pm
Lectionary Breakfast - 8am
The weekly newsletter has more detail about this week's schedule.
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