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From independence to interdependence

Posted by on Mar 11, 2010 in books, discipleship | Comments Off

Spiritual formation is concerned with facilitating spiritual change in people. People change most readily when they are in environments that foster change as they learn to live out their unique communal calling. Such environments supply both support and challenge, and participants accept community responsibility as a way of life. We think of being responsible for others and allowing others to care for us. There is a shift from independence to healthy interdependence. (James C. Wilhoit, Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered: Growing in Christ through Community (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008), 184.)