"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds,
so that you may discern what is the will of God--what is good and acceptable and perfect."
Though being reconciled with God does not depend on one's efforts, one's spiritual formation into the image and likeness of Christ does, at least in part. Jesus said that the spiritual road is a "hard road," i.e. it requires effort, but it leads to life. As we participate in formative practices with an open heart, God acts and we are transformed.
At DaySpring, we are intentional about formation in Christ through classes, small groups, and retreats.
Sunday Morning Formation Classes
DaySpring offers two formation classes on Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. during the fall and spring. The Bible Study meets in the Sanctuary and typically studies a book from the Old Testament in the fall and from the New Testament in the spring. The Christian Studies class meets in the chapel and studies various topics and books that relate to Christian history and theology. Both classes are intergenerational and all are welcome at any time. Current Classes
During Advent and the summer, all adults come together and form one class. This rhythm gives our fall and spring teachers time to rest and renew and allows us an opportunity to know new people and hear different voices within the community.
Groups of 8-12 people meet to grow in relationship, pray together, study scripture and the faith, and practice spiritual disciplines. Groups vary in gender, ages, and meeting times. New members join groups in the fall, but there may be opportunity to join in the spring.
Other Weekly Formation Opportunities
6:30 p.m. Wednesday Adult Formation Group--This group meets in Pastor's Eric's study to reflect on scripture or another spiritual reading and how the reading intersects our lives. All are welcome.
8:00 a.m. Friday Lectionary Breakfast--This group meets at Egg and I on Franklin to discuss the upcoming lectionary texts for Sunday. The conversation usually focuses on the text Eric will use for his sermon. All are welcome.
*Spiritual Direction/Guidance is offered in small groups and one-on-one.
Retreats are intentional times of spiritual reflection and renewal. Each year DaySpringers plan and host three separate retreats: two-night women's and men's retreats and a half-day silent retreat. Each retreat has its own intention, time, and structure.