Spiritual Formation is an important part of our community at CCTO.
But what is Spiritual Formation?
The best definition we’ve found is from M. Robert Mulholland Jr. in his book Invitation to a Journey. Mulholland defines it as “the process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others.” God desires to take us on a journey with him, working and growing in our hearts in a way that affects our lives, and then the lives of others through us. Ephesians 4:23-34 gives a picture of this transformational work of God, and John 15:1-17 gives a model of this process, centered on abiding/remaining in Jesus.
Explore the information here, and please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about spiritual formation and what we offer through Soul Care at CCTO.
DEVOTION SERIES - "A Year With Jesus"
“A Year with Jesus” is a weekly devotional series that will consist of 52 devotions from the life of Jesus in the Gospels. A new devotion will be emailed out (and found here) each week throughout 2021. These are designed for you to pause and meet with Jesus through one of the stories found in the Gospels and enter into a time of silence, solitude, and prayer. Although the majority of the time is spent one-on-one with God, we believe that doing this together as a church community will produce a greater impact for all of us here at CCTO. Opportunities for small groups to participate together and for mutual encouragement will take place throughout the year.
Soul CAre BOOK CLUBS and Discussion
Soul Care book club is an opportunity to stretch your knowledge and faith by reading the works of challenging and exciting authors both modern and classic in the Christian experience. The book club takes place 2-3 times a year and involves reading the book on your own in a one month timeframe and then gathering for a one-time discussion with all who’ve read. The unique aspect of the book club is that along with reading both critically and for enjoyment, you will be challenged to read “formationally.” This style encourages each person to listen for what God may be revealing, teaching, challenging, and encouraging in them through the chosen work. Past books include Abba’s Child by Brennan Manning, and The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri J.M. Nouwen.