“Making disciples, building congregations for the life of the world” is the vision and hope of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri.
It also is the daily journey of every person of faith and congregation. Like any journey, it takes us to known destinations, as well as places we could not even begin to imagine.
Some of the experiences are intensely personal, while others are engaged and celebrated by the entire community. Some result from instruction and active learning and others from patient waiting and listening. And, some of these experiences are intentional, while others percolate quite surprisingly.
Together, however, they mark our distinctive journey of faith, shape the people of God Christ would have us become and mold us into the community of his disciples, the Church – a process best described as Christian formation.
Christian formation is an active and ongoing journey for all who seek to walk faithfully with Jesus Christ. It is personal and communal. It is structured and spontaneous. And, it is reflective and impassioned. Most important, it is a journey guided and empowered by the Spirit of God as we are drawn into a closer and deeper relationship with the God whose love, mercy and grace know no bounds.
Thanks to the Rev. Dr. Marc Smith for authoring the section on Christian formation.