Principles for Spiritual Formation Based Churches

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In the same Renovare newsletter, Foster goes on to articulate three principles related to “spiritual formation based churches.” In summary, he says:

1. God alone is the One who creates and grows spiritual formation based congregations ...we don’t create it or make it happen. In Life Together Dietrich Bonhoeffer wisely notes that Christian community “is not an ideal which we must realize; it is rather a reality created by God in Christ in which we may participate.”

2. Spiritual problems demand spiritual answers …we can never solve a spiritual problem with a programatic answer.

3. We must never use spiritual formation efforts to shore up a dying institutional structure …our focus can never be institutional survival …structures come and go.

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