Terminology in the church (and throughout the world) continually changes as we humans try to verbalize and articulate what we mean. Sometimes our language clarifies, sometimes it makes things too broad so we aren’t sure what we are talking about, and sometimes it is helpful yet still needs clarification. Both the terms “Lifelong” and “Formation” fit into all three of these categories. So let’s break each of those things down and talk about what we mean by them.
Formation is everything we do whether intentional or not. We are always forming who we become as people of faith and we are continually forming people of every age and who they are becoming as people of faith. Formation speaks to the formal, informal, and non-formal learning we engage in throughout each day.
Prayer, conversation, books, gaining knowledge from a teacher, experiences, encounters with others, reading, watching, listening, etc. are all things that happen along the formation continuum. They all shape who we are and who we are becoming.
Mission Statement The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Summerville, SC seeks to be a Christ-centered church, inspired by the Holy Spirit, that reaches out in joyful community to welcome, value, and love all God’s children. +++ The Rev. M. Dow Sanderson, Priest-in-Charge The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. 119-B West Luke Avenue, Summerville, SC 29483 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org TELEPHONE: 843-225-7590 Office Hours: 10 AM - 4 PM, Monday through Thursday