Posts in Spiritual Formation

Church Report: Spiritual Formation Assignment, Part 4

By Charlie Trimm Feb. 24, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Spiritual Formation

Although most Biola students have grown up in the church, a surprising number of undergraduates (especially freshmen and sophomores) do not attend church. Students cite a variety of reasons for this, including busyness, lack of transportation, difficulty of settling into a church, receiving Bible instruction through Bible classes and required chapel attendance, and lack of depth in relationships when they attend church. Recognizing that these students do face legitimate difficulties, I created an assignment requiring them to attend the same church four times over the course of the semester and answer a series of questions about the church for the purpose of helping them think through how they should pick a new church. I’ve included the questions below. I’d love to hear any feedback on them!

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How Can Pastors Respond to Church Shopping Mentality and Consumer Approaches to Faith?

Feb. 23, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Talbot faculty member, James Petitfils, and a panel of Talbot graduates who are now pastors in Southern California talk about the ways that pastors can respond to "church shopping" and a consumeristic mentality about faith.

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How Can You Motivate Church Attendees to Get More Involved and Engaged in the Life of the Church?

Feb. 16, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Talbot faculty member, James Petitfils, and a panel of Talbot graduates who are now pastors in Southern California talk about ways to encourage participation in church life with those attending church.

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What is the Point of Prayer?

By William Lane Craig Feb. 13, 2015 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Philosophy, Spiritual Formation, Theology

Dear Dr Craig,

I have recently moved on from Christianity to agnosticism, but I regularly check out your Q and A section as much of the content there is more sensible and thought provoking than the kind of thing I hear from a lot of Evangelicals ... Currently it seems to me that the idea of prayer is most sensibly explained as an addictive placebo that gives people a greater sense of control over their circumstances than they actually have. But just maybe there's something crucial I've missed, and if so I would be grateful if you could point out what that might be ...

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Psychology of Ministry

By John McKinley Feb. 11, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Theology

Michael Wilkins recommended these axioms to me. It has taken me several years to figure out and understand what they mean. They have worked like seeds for me. I’m sure he would elaborate on them differently (and better) than I’m doing here. But this is what I see in them ...

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How Do You Measure the Health of a Church?

Feb. 9, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, Spiritual Formation

Talbot faculty member, James Petitfils, and a panel of Talbot graduates who are now pastors in Southern California discuss the different ways to assess the health of a church.

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Ask God for What? Paul Weighs in on the Content of Petitionary Prayers

By Kenneth Berding Feb. 5, 2015 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, New Testament, Spiritual Formation, Theology

I am regularly vexed by how shallow my prayers can become. When I pray for something—and I know that all prayer is not for things—what should I pray for? Only for my family? For someone I know who is ill? For God to help me in the day ahead? For God to resolve whatever problem is currently worrying me? I often sense that there is some content that I’m missing when I’m praying. Do you sense the same thing? ...

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