Spiritual Formation

In the introduction to the article "Living the United Methodist Way,” it notes,  “Methodism began as a movement of spiritual renewal within a national church marked by much nominal commitment and spiritual lethargy. Early Methodists adopted a Way of living in covenant with Christ and one another that yielded rich spiritual fruit in their lives and in their engagement with the world.”  Today in the United Methodist Church, we continue in the spirit of the movement begun over 200 years ago.  In fact, John Wesley might argue we are continuing in the spirit of the movement Jesus began 2,000 years ago!

 

Spiritual formation is at the very heart of the Methodist movement.  Dr. Bob Mulholland describes spiritual formation as, “…the process of being conformed to the image of Christ by the gracious working of God’s Spirit, for the transformation of the world.”  The methods which made Methodism such an amazing vehicle of transformation were bound up in the covenant relationship we make with Jesus Christ and in the covenant relationships we make as the people of Christ’s body.

 

The North Georgia Annual Conference is providing links to materials to encourage individual and congregations in this process of formation.  At the same time, we are seeking to provide Christians access to opportunities where we each can experience the working of God’s grace so we might become more like Christ and be part of the Spirit’s transformation of the world!

 

For more information

Contact
Ken Hagler
ken.hagler@ngumc.net

Are you looking for help in your personal or family spiritual formation?

Are you looking for resources for small groups?

Looking for a weekend retreat opportunity to grow in faith?

Do you seek a spirituality deeply rooted in the Christian faith and tradition?

Would you like to learn more about living the United Methodist Way?

Are you seeking personal spiritual direction?

Hearts on Fire: The Fellowship of United Methodist Spiritual Directors and Retreat Leaders.  This is the professional organization of UM Spiritual Directors. 

 

 

For further questions contact Ken Hagler at ken.hagler@ngumc.netIn the introduction to the article Living the United Methodist Way,” it notes, 
 
“Methodism began as a movement of spiritual renewal within a national church marked 
 
by much nominal commitment and spiritual lethargy. Early Methodists adopted a Way of 
 
living in covenant with Christ and one another that yielded rich spiritual fruit in their lives 
 
and in their engagement with the world.” Today in the United Methodist Church, we 
 
continue in the spirit of the movement begun over 200 years ago. In fact, John Wesley 
 
might argue we are continuing in the spirit of the movement Jesus began 2,000 years 
 
Spiritual formation is at the very heart of the Methodist movement. Dr. Bob 
 
Mulholland describes spiritual formation as, “…the process of being conformed to the 
 
image of Christ by the gracious working of God’s Spirit, for the transformation of the 
 
world.” The methods which made Methodism such an amazing vehicle of 
 
transformation were bound up in the covenant relationship we make with Jesus Christ 
 
and in the covenant relationships we make as the people of Christ’s body.
 
The North Georgia Annual Conference is providing links to materials to 
 
encourage individual and congregations in this process of formation. At the same time, 
 
we are seeking to provide Christians access to opportunities where we each can 
 
experience the working of God’s grace so we might become more like Christ and be 
 
part of the Spirit’s transformation of the world!
 
• Are you looking for help in your personal or family spiritual formation?
 
Pockets – Devotional for Kids (http://pockets.upperroom.org/)
 
DevoZine – Devotional for Youth (http://devozine.upperroom.org/)
 
The Upper Room Daily Devotional (http://devotional.upperroom.org/)
 
El Aposento Alto (http://elaposentoalto.upperroom.org/es)
 
• Magazines for further exploration:
 
Alive Now ( http://alivenow.upperroom.org/ )
 
Weavings (http://weavings.upperroom.org/ )
 
• Are you looking for resources for small groups?
 
Companions in Christ (http://companions.upperroom.org/)
 
• Looking for a weekend retreat opportunity to grow in faith?
 
Walk to Emmaus (http://emmaus.upperroom.org/ )
 
Chrysalis (for youth) (http://chrysalis.upperroom.org/)
 
• Do you seek a spirituality deeply rooted in the Christian faith and tradition?
 
The 5 Day Academy of Spiritual Formation in North Georgia: (Download brochure: http:/
 
/s3.amazonaws.com/images.upperroom.org/academy/pdfs/original/31.pdf?1393268605 
 
• Would you like to learn more about living the United Methodist Way? 
 
 The General Board of Discipleships offers a number of online resources and 
 
explanations: (http://www.gbod.org/live-the-um-way/ )
 
• Are you seeking personal spiritual direction?
 
Hearts on Fire: The Fellowship of United Methodist Spiritual Directors and Retreat Leaders. 
 
This is the professional organization of UM Spiritual Directors. ( http://fumsdrl.org/ )
 
For further questions contact Ken Hagler at ken.hagler@ngumc.net