By Rev. Patty Fox
The purpose of Spiritual Formation Groups is the pursuit of spiritual growth in 3 major areas:
- Growing in one’s personal relationship with God
- Developing and deepening friendships with each other
- Reaching out to others beyond the group
It is critical to balance the four goals of community, spiritual growth, worship and service within every group.
Author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. wrote that “…the most daring thing [we can do] is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” A small group helps people connect and deepen friendships with one another.
Spirituality is a life process. Our spirituality takes shape in the quality of our relationships, with ourselves, with others, with all of creation, and with God.
We need to work at cultivating time for worship in our small groups; focusing on God’s presence and expressing our love through song, prayer, and praise. Worship is a vitally important purpose of every small group experience.
A Spiritual Formation group can help you to discover your spiritual gifts and can assist you in getting involved in various types of ministries.
Outline of a Typical Meeting:
15 mins Coffee/Beverages
15 mins Icebreaker/Check-in
30 mins Book/Bible Study
15 mins Worship & Prayer
5 mins Service Opportunities Update