Formation Articles

Formation articles are short, practical essays on various topics related to Christian spirituality. We've composed these articles to equip Christians in their work within the church and the broader culture.

The Value of Spiritual Direction in the Formation Journey

In 2004 when I entered my Master’s program in spiritual formation, I knew nothing about the ministry of spiritual direction. I was keenly interested in how God changes His children—grows them up in Christlikeness--but unfamiliar with spiritual direction and unsure how direction fits into the change process. Now fifteen years later and having practiced as a spiritual director for over a decade, I have a deep appreciation for spiritual direction and the role it plays in spiritual transformation.

The Importance of Children’s Spiritual Formation

2018 will always be the year of the child in my mind.

It began in early February when I was challenged to imagine a curriculum that would bring the concepts of our Life with God journey to children. Since that time, children’s formation and spirituality have not been far from my thoughts.

Spiritual Formation: A Definition

We observe that the term “spiritual formation” has become a mysterious and even controversial subject in the evangelical church today. We provide a definition, a brief history, and a justification for the term.

Code of Ethics for Christian Leaders

The following Code of Ethics is a guide and a standard for Christian leaders. It outlines the personal and interpersonal qualities that characterize the kind of leadership that Grafted Life believes is important for Christian ministry.