The challenge of promoting ongoing spiritual and character formation is particularly acute for congregations as they move beyond an emphasis on conversion to consider growth throughout the life journey. This paper considers the nature of formation and some of the ways that the four sources of revelation in experience, reason, tradition, and the bible can contribute to Christian formation for all life stages. The value of a deeper understanding of each source and the combination of four sources is shown to encourage the deeper shaping of the whole person and their mind, emotions, spirit and relationships with the divine, others and the true self. This combination of sources is shown to help overcome the limitations of a narrow focus on a single source, such as is found in biblicism, traditionalism, rationalism or experientialism. This paper also considers ways this combination of sources helps to promote ecumenical engagement between people from different denominational backgrounds. 


E319 Forgan Smith