Spiritual Formation

Pastor and author Dallas Willard said, “Spiritual formation in the tradition of Jesus Christ is the process of transformation of the inmost dimension of the human being, the heart, which is the same as the spirit or will.”

At WMUMC, we desire to become more like Christ each day. This includes intentional participation in the transformation of our hearts through spiritual disciplines.

Meet Christian Swails, Spiritual Director

Christian Swails, M.A. is deeply invested in spiritual growth and the inward journey. As a Spiritual Director, he enjoys helping others take part in the spiritual disciplines, offers a non-judgmental listening ear, and encourages us to slow down and become more aware of the beauty and mystery of life.

Christian Swails WMUMC

Take Part in Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Practices Gatherings

Sunday Evenings at Wesley Gardens Retreat
4-5:30 p.m.

Join us each Sunday afternoon for our weekly spiritual practices gathering at Wesley Gardens Retreat. This is for anyone interested in engaging their hearts in deeper transformation and those looking for tools to walk out their faith. We focus on and learn more about a particular spiritual practice each week. All are welcome, and feel free to bring a friend!

 

Spiritual Direction

By Appointment

Spiritual Direction is an ancient practice of the church whereby a trained director meets with an individual to listen, pray, and watch for ways the Spirit may be at work in one’s life. Wesley Gardens Retreat Center’s on-staff Spiritual Director, Christian Swails, is available for appointments.

Click here to book an appointment online …

 

What People Are Saying About Spiritual Direction

“For me, Spiritual Direction has given validation to years of sensing a desire for something more, and deeper, in my spiritual life. I’m starting to see a connection between various thoughts, images, and feelings that I’ve experienced throughout my life. And looking back on quotations and passages from readings that I’ve saved, I see not only a pattern, but a path forward. I am more at peace and lighter in spirit (and excited!) as I continue this journey.”

“Spiritual Direction for me has been a wonderful experience.  It allows me the space to get mentally unstuck. I wasn’t sure what it was all about at first but was intrigued when I read about it in the church bulletin. At the same time, I had been praying about some personal things in my life and just didn’t seem to be making much progress on my own. With that said, I felt the Lord pulling me toward making an appointment for spiritual guidance.  I’m so glad I did! It is therapeutic but with sensitivity and awareness of the Holy Spirit.”

“I believe that to know God, one needs to inquire, reflect, and question. I wrestle with the suffering and injustice in the world. I have not attended seminary and am woefully lacking in my study of theology. I appreciate my time with my Spiritual Director, who is a knowledgeable coach and guide. The answers are mine to discover. My Spiritual Director helps to point me in the right direction.”

FAQs about Spiritual Formation

What is spiritual formation?

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What are spiritual practices or spiritual disciplines?

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How is spiritual direction different from counseling? Is Christian a licensed therapist?

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Is spiritual formation biblical?

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