Foster, Richard J. “Spiritual formation agenda: Richard Foster shares his three priorities for the next 30 years.” Christianity Today 53, no. 1 (January 1, 2009): 28-33. ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials, EBSCOhost (accessed March 20, 2014)
A member of the Research team asked me to read this article. We are five years into it, now, but I think Foster has named some important things.
Foster takes the traditional inside-out approach. Spiritual formation begins with the transformation of the Heart. Then it transforms the spiritual community–the Church. Then it overflows to a compassionate partnership with the world.
I especially liked his three points regarding the fellowship in the church:
- We have in our churches a “hurry sickness.” (getting truer every year)
- We now have a Christian entertainment industry that is masquerading as worship.
- We are dealing with an overall consumer mentality that simply dominates the American religious scene.
What do we do? He says:
- Experience deeply the fellowship gathering power of spiritual formation.
- Let us do all we can to develop the ecclesiola in ecclesia–“the little church within the church.” No splitting off! Stay within the church!!