Spiritual Formation in Local Faith Communities: A Whole-Person, Prompt-Card Approach

Neil Pembroke, Ewan Kelly, T.T.J. Pleizier, William S. Schmidt, Jan-Albert Van den Berg

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Spiritual formation in our local churches is too often poorly done or it is virtually nonexistent. We developed this innovative approach to spiritual formation in the congregation because it is desperately needed. The prompt cards are used to spark deep reflection and shape potentially life-transforming conversations with a pastor around spiritual practices, spiritual character, personal and social ethics, and emotional well-being. The model was trialed in five countries. We heard time and time again how the six-week process fired a passion to go deeper with Christ. Some reported praying regularly for the first time in decades. Others found the Scriptures coming alive after years of "going through the motions." In this book, the authors present a simple but powerful method and offer in-depth theological reflection on related issues. Some of the important areas covered are early church approaches to spiritual formation, contemporary spiritual practices, spiritual character, the indissoluble link between spirituality and moral virtue, the spirituality of the pastor, and the positive psychology approach.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEugene, OR
PublisherWipf and Stock Publishers
Number of pages240
ISBN (Print)9781666713756
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022


  • pastoral care
  • spiritual formation
  • faith communities
  • church

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