We need to consider a topic that is often highly charged, and may be challenging for some of you. And there is a good chance that most of us have been affected in some way by it. We're talking about Spiritual Formation, and it is something that has taken the modern church by storm in just about every denomination - from those considered to be seeker-driven and even those considered to be conservative.
I recently had a chance to interview Pastor Gary Gilley, known for his research books like This Little Church Went To Market: The Church in the Age of Modern Entertainment, and his brand new book is titled, Out of Formation: Spiritual Disciplines of God and Men.
Dr. Gilley is a pastor at Southern View Chapel in Springfield, Illinois since 1975. He is also the author and editor of the bimonthly contemporary theological issues publication Think on These Things . In addition to speaking at various conferences throughout the USA and overseas, he serves on the advisory board of New Tribes Mission and on the executive boards of Brazil Gospel Fellowship Mission and Personal Freedom Outreach. He is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute and Cambridge Graduate School, both in the U.S.
Like all things Renovaré, the program is a beautiful blend of intellect and experience, of individual and community, of theory and practice, of charasmatic and contemplative. It is deeply and unapologetically centered on Christ and rooted in the gospel of the Kingdom.- John Ortberg, Renovaré faculty and former pastor of Willow Creek Church