Formed … and Transformed

We all need the opportunity to be formed and transformed as Christians. The Christian Formation Commision is putting together tools to help us.

Kim Snodgrass One-minute read.   Resources


252 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor. Luke 2:52

What? Jesus didn’t come out fully formed? Honestly, I find it a relief that Jesus, in a very ‘fully human’ way grew in more ways than one; a living example that we’re not meant to stay static but to continue being formed … and transformed.

As human beings I believe we have an inborn knowledge of God (Romans 1:21). In computer terms, we come ‘pre-loaded’ with software already installed. Do most people really have a clue of all the awesome feats a computer can perform? Typically, knowledge of its capabilities comes on a ‘need to know’ basis. I learn what I need to know when I need to know it. Experience transforms knowledge into a whole new understanding of the many functions a computer can perform.

And just like that we can make a connection back to the Christian formation experience! The life-giving components necessary to our communal life — Liturgy, Mission, Education, and Fellowship — transform awareness into a greater understanding of our experience of God. We have the best of reasons to make communal life a priority!

The Christian Formation Commission is developing a diocesan ‘system’ that is ‘user friendly’ in multiple ways. Updated resources, creative ways to share ‘best practices’, a simplified, overview of Christian Formation objectives and goals, and empowering people to teach, are just a few of our short term goals. Long term, we want to advocate for an emphasis on formation in our congregations, explore the needs of our diocese, and, if desired, plan/organize training or educational events for the betterment of our congregations.

We are building a new framework, so to speak, that functions well for our diocese so individuals, families and congregations can intentionally process everyday life experience … and relate it back to God.

Kim Snodgrass is Assistant to the Bishop for Christian Formation.


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