Spiritual Formation

Working in a cross-cultural, interdenominational context has its own challenges – everyone has different ideas, expectations and comfort zones regarding how to manage their spiritual lives. This is a gift, because in reality, authentic spirituality and honest relating to God cannot be mandated or forced upon people. There is no one way to do things. There is however an invitation. It is an invitation that comes to us all, whoever we are and wherever we come from: ‘Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’

These words of Jesus are an invitation to be with Him. They include an acknowledgment that our realities are sometime, perhaps often, wearisome and hard. The answer to that, says Jesus, is to come to Him and receive His rest.

This section of the website presents ideas and explanations from a wide group of people about the concept of spiritual formation. No “right or one size fits all” are presented, the pages allow you to explore what spiritual formation might mean to you.

For hundreds of years Christians have practiced spiritual disciplines and practices. This section of the website provides some easy to access resources and represents the experiences of people in mission as they have used these spiritual disciplines and practices. All of the spiritual exercises have been used by others in mission.

There are hundreds, possibly thousands, of books about spiritual well being, but which are helpful? All these book reviews are by people in mission who have benefitted from the books.

This section provides ideas and links where you might find assistance on individual or community spiritual well being.

Many organizations and SIL Units hold a spiritual retreat each year. This is a collection of ideas and suggestions to help you plan your retreat or part of your group event.