Spiritual Formation

Spiritual formation is a “process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others” a definition set forth by M. Robert Mulholland, Jr in Invitation to a Journey.

The life of discipleship is a journey in deeper spiritual formation.  We seek to resource this journey which begins and is centered in the local church.  Our vision is that the Annual Conference can support and enhance this journey, which will ultimately strengthen the local church.

Keep checking here for resources and opportunities for spiritual formation.  Make suggestions from your own spiritual formation journey by emailing ashanholtzer@wvumc.org.

Spiritual Formation

“being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others”

“being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others”

Academy for Spiritual Formation

The Upper Room has many resources for spiritual formation. One of which is the Academy for Spiritual Formation.  Academy participants go on a 2-year journey in deeper spiritual formation.

For more information visit the Upper Room website, here.  Limited grants are available to assist in the cost. Please contact Amy Shanholtzer for more information.

Spirit Streams: 3 Day Academy for Spiritual Formation

For the third year, the West Virginia Annual Conference and Upper Room will be partnering for a spiritual formation academy. April 22-25, 2018, the academy will focus on the Spirituality of Healing. This is a wonderful time to spend in learning and contemplation. Find out more by following this link.  We suggest you register soon, as space is limited.

For more information, please contact Janet Harman at jmh5024@aol.com

Spiritual Gifts Assessment

Everyone has spiritual gifts. Spiritual gifts assessments are tools to help us understand these gifts more fully. Here is one free online assessment option – http://bit.ly/2pahhey

This assessment is good place to start.  Our gifts are also discerned in community.  A bible study class or accountability group is another place to find out more about your spiritual gifts as seen through the eyes of others with whom you’ve shared your walk with Christ.

Another free spiritual gifts assessment is offered online at Ministry Matters – go to ministrymatters.com to register for a free account. Once you have the account, search for spiritual gifts. This will take you to a page with an assessment based on the book – Serving From the Heart: Finding Your Gifts and Talents for Service by Cartmill and Gentile.

Think about asking someone whose faith journey inspires you to help you form a group for spiritual accountability and growth.  Talk with a clergy person for some direction and guidance.


Spiritual Direction

The West Virginia Institute for Spirituality  – is a rich resource for certified and trained spiritual directors. You can develop a plan for spiritual growth that is guided by a trained, certified director. There are also a variety of retreats and opportunities throughout the year. Check the Institutes website or find them on Facebook.

You can also find a spiritual director at Spiritual Directors International.  Log onto the site and search your state for folks who are trained and certified in your area.

Learn more about certification in spiritual formation in the United Methodist Church: http://bit.ly/2qf2HDd