Spiritual Formation Ministries

Community of Christ Spiritual Formation Ministries

“The restoring of persons to healthy or righteous relationships with God, others, themselves, and the earth is at the heart of the purpose of your journey as a people of faith.” Doctrine & Covenants Section 163:2b

“When your willingness to live in sacred community as Christ’s new creation exceeds your natural fear of spiritual and relational transformation, you will become who you are called to be.” Doctrine & Covenants Section 164:9b

“Being spiritually formed is foundational to obtaining a clear and compelling vision of mission. A compelling sense of mission springs from the overflow of deep communion with the Spirit. And such communion occurs when we engage in personal spiritual practices as well as spiritual growth through healthy congregational life.” -Stephen M. Veazey, The Mission Matters Most

Community of Christ headquarters in Independence, MO
Community of Christ headquarters in Independence, MO

Community of Christ, from its origins, has been rooted in the movement of God’s Spirit as the foundational avenue for discerning and living mission. To live the whole mission of Christ, we must understand the whole person of Christ as one who modeled the ancient pattern of the inward/outward journey. Our connection with God is the source from which our sense of call, ministry, creativity, and potential flow. Spiritual Formation Ministries serves to support the mission of the church by focusing on Jesus’ words, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,” from Luke 4:18.

Spiritual Formation ministries seeks to awaken disciples to the Divine Presence in the midst of everyday life. Through attention to God’s Spirit, we discern invitations to share our witness and love in the world around us.  Spiritual Practices, retreats, and other formational opportunities deepen our capacity to follow Christ on the inward/outward mission of embodying God’s shalom.

For more information about how you, your congregation, or your mission center can engage in Spiritual Formation ministries, please contact: khmclaughlin@cofchrist.org

 The Holy Spirit breathes life into the church community to motivate and empower it to fulfill Christ’s mission. We cannot effectively participate in Christ’s mission without regular spiritual-formation activities that open our lives to the Spirit’s ministry and guidance. Jesus’ inner spiritual life with God was the source of his evident capacity to discern and demonstrate God’s nature and purposes in the world. Only through continuous spiritual awakening, discernment, and transformation can we effectively engage in Christ’s mission. That is why the words of counsel say, “As a spiritual venture, boldly follow the initiatives into the heart of God’s vision for the church and for creation.”

-Stephen M. Veazey, April 2014 Address to the Church

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