Scot McKnight has a new poll up that’s quite an interesting muse… he says,
George Barna, in his new book Revolution, claims the primary source for the new generationâ€™s spiritual formation is shifting away from the local congregation model to a more fragmented model. That is, we get what we need from the sources we know about, but not all of them (or even the primary one) is our local church. So, Iâ€™m keen on asking this: What about you, where do you see your primary source for spiritual formation?
At the moment, less than 25% indicate “Local Church” while more than 30% indicate interpersonal relationships of one type or another. Solo study leads the pack.
Very true. I think that most people who voted for parachurch, Christian college, Christian camp, family and even the internet are really just being specific in answering “Groups of Friends”.
Yeah, I would say the same thing… my group of friends. Although I would also say that my work is a primary place of spiritual formation also. As I choose to engage my job task, working alongside other people, God just seems to show up, teaching me things, showing himself to me, and touching other people around me. I think if we could communicate more seriously about the truth and fact, that God is in our circumstances no matter where we are, we could then partner with Holy Spirit, applying our faith in the Lord showing up, no matter where we are, ergo a marketplace christianity very much like the Acts of the Apostles. However, creating a motivational climate and culture where this truth is applied in community, is another story!