Spiritual Growth Opportunities
Christ has called us to be his disciples, and as a community we focus on discerning and responding to this call individually and corporately, for the sake of the world.
Through the leading of the Holy Spirit, our hearts can be transformed to become the persons God created us to be by loving God and our neighbors more deeply. Spiritual formation is key to this transformative journey.
We invite you to join us on this journey, to partake of spiritual formation opportunities we offer throughout the year—practices, experiences, and disciplines for people of faith to deepen our relationships with God, neighbor, and self.
The Spiritual Formation Council hopes that these opportunities will help strengthen your spiritual growth:
Adult Education Classes
This adult education program provides short-term and ongoing education for our members, friends of the church, and the wider community. All programming is currently offered virtually via Zoom. No matter your particular interests, we trust the Academy’s offerings will provide opportunities for growth and Christian community.
For information about upcoming Academy classes, click here.
Contemplative retreats are held at a nearby retreat center at various times during the church year, typically during Advent and Lent.
Path of Discipleship
Lent is a great time for each of us to conduct a spiritual “spring cleaning,” take a spiritual inventory, and reflect on how we might improve our relationship with God. As James 4:8 relates, “Draw near to God and God will draw near to you.”
Thus the Spiritual Formation Council annually hosts a six-week Path of Discipleship series during Lent. In 2023 that weekly series, which began on Tuesday, February 28, is exploring The Spiritual Resilience Handbook by Connie Fourre.
A veteran faith formation educator for adolescents and adults, the author explains, “Spiritual resilience is the ability to maintain a sturdy positive spirit and a clear sense of purpose and meaning even in the face of suffering.”
Registration for this series is now closed.
In the past, groups from Fourth Church have participated in pilgrimages to Iona, Scotland, and Ghost Ranch, New Mexico.
A tool for prayer and meditation for those seeking God, the labyrinth in Buchanan Chapel is available for walking several days of most weeks.
Those interested in meditation will find a variety of opportunities available at Fourth Church. Members of the Center for Life and Learning (a Fourth Church program for adults sixty and over) gather weekly for “Mindfulness Meditation,” and the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being hosts weekly meditation workshops on Tuesday evenings.
Subscribing to Daily Devotions