Spiritual Formation as If the Church Mattered : Growing in Christ Through Community

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  • Copyright: 2008-02-01
  • Publisher: BAKER BOOKS

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The yearning and restlessness of our souls drive us toward God. This hunger and homesickness is the beginning of spiritual formation, according to James C. Wilhoit. In Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered, Wilhoit takes a unique approach to the topic. Whereas most books focus on the individual's spiritual transformation, this one intentionally concentrates on how the local church itself is the seedbed of spiritual growth and how the process is a community effort. This book's short chapters, sidebar material, and concluding prayers fit well with readers' busy lives without sacrificing quality and depth of content.

Author Biography

James C. Wilhoit (PhD, Northwestern University) is the Scripture Press Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry at Wheaton College, where he has taught for more than twenty years. His previous publications include The Christian Educator's Handbook on Spiritual Formation.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. 8
Forewordp. 9
Prefacep. 13
Formation through the Ordinaryp. 15
Curriculum for Christlikenessp. 38
Foundations of Receiving: Formation by Grace for the Broken and Thirstyp. 57
To Foster Receiving in Communityp. 81
Foundations of Remembering: Letting the Cross Grow Largerp. 104
To Foster Remembering in Communityp. 114
Foundations of Responding: Love and Service to God and Othersp. 147
To Foster Responding in Communityp. 161
Foundations of Relating: Spiritually Enriching Relationships of Love and Servicep. 177
To Foster Relating in Communityp. 186
Assessment Questionsp. 205
Notesp. 211
Scripture Indexp. 221
Subject Indexp. 227
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