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Spiritual Formation & Soul Care

Spiritual Formation & Soul Care


"...until Christ is formed in you." Galatians 4:19.

 

 

What is Spiritual Formation?

The church has done a good job telling people what to "do for God," but we have not done a good job teaching people how to "be with God." Spiritual formation draws upon the Scriptures, spiritual disciplines, and lessons of the early and contemporary church to help people on that inward journey to be with Christ, hear from the Holy Spirit, and receive God's love.

Christian spiritual formation is the ongoing process in which we are shaped and formed into the person God created and intended us to be (Galatians 4:19). It is part of the journey of a disciple who follows Jesus.  It demands a different approach which is not concerned with programs that are instruction-based and focused on information about God, but rather are invitations for the formation of our spiritual heart.

As such...in the context of the church, spiritual formation will not be loud, 'splashy,' or concerned about how many people fill the chairs of a classroom...it will ideally be quieter, gentler, embracing God's presence and creation, and concerned more with what fills people's hearts.

Our department offers a variety of ways for one to learn and practice the art of spiritual formation through events and conferences (see below).

God is the true guide and director, while the human spiritual director is like a coach or a midwife, assisting you in noticing and responding to the inner voice of God and movement in your life. Please visit our spiritual direction page for more information on connecting with a spiritual director and/or learning how to become one yourself. 

Blessings on your journey,
Care Crawford
Pastor of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care.

 

Questions about Spiritual Formation & Soul Care? Contact :: soulcare@belairpres.org


Soul Care Events

Men and women are welcome to all Soul Care events!

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Lenten Lectio

From Latin, Lectio Divina means 'divine reading.' An ancient art, lectio divina is a slow and contemplative way of praying the Scriptures that enables God's Word to come alive in new ways, inviting you into a deeper experience of knowing the Scriptures. Check back here for future events.


Silent Retreats

In this noisy and over-scheduled world, it's important to set aside times of silence and solitude to better hear God's voice. Unplug from technology and do what Jesus did: come away and learn the unforced rhythms of grace. We will put our full focus on Christ for a weekend of guided teachings, reflections, and time spent in God's beautiful creation. Silent retreats are typically held three times each year- Spring, Fall, and Advent at Saint Andrew's Abbey in Valyermo, CA. 



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Stations of the Cross

Experience a self-guided, online journey through the Stations of the Cross as you reflect upon the lengths that Jesus went to in order to give his life so that we might have abundant life. Rev. Dr. Care Crawford has curated this moving experience and can be done at any point during the week. Download your packet Here.


Questions about future Soul Care events? Contact :: soulcare@belairpres.org

All Shall Be Well Conference - Save The Date!

An All-Day Conference to Refresh Your Soul

Saturday, February 6, 2021 > 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. > Bel Air Campus

Keynote Speaker: Rev. DR. Tod Bolsinger

What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual Direction is the art of Christian conversation and listening carried out in the context of a trusting relationship.Spiritual Direction is a conversation of the heart and uses all our human faculties (intuition, emotion, imagination, senses, and intellect) to discern God’s presence and will for you, as you understand it. A Spiritual Director seeks to listen with you for the voice of God and to help you notice God’s movement in your life. 


To learn more about these visit the Spiritual Direction page by clicking on a topic below:

Congregatio

 Congregatio- a gathering of Spiritual Directors.

Spiritual Directors get a chance to know each other, connect in support, community and sharing of best practices. We have such a unique and focused quiet ministry and obviously, in the one on one work we do, we don't often have places to be with other directors. 

 CONGREGATIO is postponed March 19th to June 1.

We are seeking to be wise and minimize gatherings as people are responding to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Please stay tuned for more details in the anticipated June gathering.

Blessings

Questions about Spiritual Direction? Contact :: soulcare@belairpres.org