A small group in the Denver area felt called to facilitate the development of a simple and straight forward two-page statement which addresses the importance -- the absolute necessity -- of an intentional process of spiritual formation for each and every Christian. Their objective was to develop a document that would clearly and simply describe spiritual formation and call the Christian community to embrace the lifelong spiritual growth personally and in our churches. The work of this "Drafter Group” was reviewed by a "Crafter Group” of over 150 writers and leaders in the area of spiritual formation. Our shared desire is that the Call to Spiritual Formation might represent a consensus of the spiritual formation thought leaders across the nation. Ultimately, two hundred of these individuals participated in the development of the document.
Approximately fifty representatives of this group met at the Renovaré International Conference in June of 2009, at San Antonio, to complete final edits and affirm the document. It was then presented at the conference for additional signatures. It is our prayer that this document might serve as a defining call and a rallying point for the spiritual formation movement in the decades to come. The document is written so that it can easily be read and understood by all Christians, not just "leaders,” and so can be used for individual reflection, group discussion, teaching, and more.
It is our hope that a significant number of signatures will draw attention to this call and that God will use it to invite believers everywhere into an even deeper relationship of love with the Trinity.
Click on the links to the right to view the A Call to Spiritual Formation document.