Adult Christian Formation
We sometimes talk about Christian formation in terms of developing spiritual maturity. With that maturity comes the ability to be more and more Christlike in the way we live. The apostle Paul wrote of taking on the mind of Christ. Philippians 2:5 reads, “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus…” When Jesus began his ministry, He read from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah, saying, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” We might think of Christian formation as growing in our ability and desire to offer good news to the poor, to release those held captive to the powers that be, to restore sight, and to liberate the oppressed.
How does Christian formation happen? When Jesus and His disciples had time apart from the crowds, He would use those quiet times as opportunities to teach. The disciples also learned by doing. As they crossed the sea, the sudden onset of a storm became an opportunity for instruction. An encounter with a beggar on the side of the road could be a moment for learning. Therefore, at The Congregational Church of New Canaan, we believe Christian formation can take place by various means, including: classroom learning, Bible study, participation in service opportunities, social activities, and community building.
Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, we have a variety of opportunities for you to grow in your faith, to take on “the mind of Christ” and to become more Christlike. We encourage you to take advantage of one or more of our offerings:
Lifelong Learning – We refer to our adult classes as “lifelong learning” opportunities because we believe that Christian formation is an ongoing process. No one is too old or too young to be involved. Throughout the course of the year, we have a number of groups meeting for Bible study. We also have book groups and studies on relevant topics. Some are short term, others are ongoing.
Mission/Service – Jesus said, “For the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve…” There are opportunities throughout the year for youth and adults to serve, both within the Congregation and in the broader community. In addition, there are mission trips planned for both youth and adults.