Spiritual Formation

Our current slate of classes fits into our year-long focus on Spiritual Formation.

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Fall Classes

This quote is from John Calvin, and he is not the only one to express this line of thinking. Augustine, for example, asked in his Confessions, “How can you draw close to God if you are far from your own self?” What they were speaking to is that our understanding of self and the level to which we are attentive to our inner lives will have tremendous impact on our relationship with God. This is what we mean to explore in our Fall Classes under the heading Knowledge of Self.

The first track, four classes long, will focus on Being Human. That is, we will look to understand ourselves in a broad sense. We will discuss what it means to be a human being in relation to our creator, apart of his story.

The second track, three classes long, we will focus on Being You (Specifically). That is, we will look to understand ourselves with some level of specificity. To do this we will use the Enneagram as a tool. We’ll look to uncover how God has uniquely designed each of us and what that means for how we can be healthy (or remain unhealthy).

All class will take place on Wednesday nights from 6:30p – 7:30p. Childcare will be provided, along with light snacks. FOR THESE REASONS WE NEED YOU TO LET US KNOW YOU’RE COMING. PLEASE RSVP THROUGH THE LINK BELOW.

 


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“Our wisdom consists almost entirely of two parts: knowledge of God and of ourselves. But as these are connected together by many ties, it is not easy to determine which of the two precedes and gives birth to the other.”

Track One - Being Human

Sept 20th – Locating Ourselves in the Plot

We all live according to the story we think best makes sense of the world, the story that answers our most fundamental questions. Why are we here? Is there purpose to my life? Is there hope? Amidst all the competing narratives, it is the Scriptures that articulate the true story of the whole world. Coming to see our place in that story gives us the foundation to finally understand ourselves.

Sept 27th – Embracing the Way Forward

The gospel is not a self-help plan, it is a declaration that God is making all things new. The way to this restoration was opened by Jesus, who invites us to follow him and experience it, starting now. But following him means dying to our old self and trusting that we will be resurrected like him. His invitation asks everything of us, in exchange for everything and more. Once we understand that the way up is down, we will gain a trajectory for our lives.

Oct 4th – Living as Whole Persons

We often approach growth as if it were a matter of simply acquiring the right information. But the Scriptures recognize that we are more than just “thinking things”. We are spiritual, emotional, embodied beings. Renewing our minds is part of following Jesus, but it is only part. And even that has as much to do with our imaginations as it does with rational thought. It is when we learn to be attentive to our inner lives and intentional in ordering our bodily practices that we can finally pursue the holistic renewal that we long for.

Oct 11th – Restoring Communion

No person is an island. We were made to be in relationship – to need one another, to care for one another, to find fulfillment in connection to one another. Indeed, much of our sorrow comes from a malformed understanding of how we relate to others that manifests in isolation and conflict. Re-forming our posture toward others, our ability to trust others, and our willingness to deeply connect to others will be critical for helping us navigate life and experience the fullness of what God offers.

Track Two - Being You

Oct 25th – Intro to the Enneagram

The Enneagram is an ancient tool meant to help us understand ourselves for the purpose of transformation. Beyond simply recognizing our tendencies or “personality type”, The Enneagram speaks to our motivations and what it looks like for our tendencies to manifest in healthy and unhealthy ways. This gives us a deeper, soul-level understanding of ourselves and allows us to see, with specificity, where we need to grow and how we might flourish.

Nov 1st – Enneagram Types 1-4

The Perfectionist, The Helper, The Performer, and The Romantic

Nov 8th – Enneagram Types 5-9

The Investigator, The Loyalist, The Enthusiast, The Challenger, and The Peacemaker

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