The process of spiritual formation is similar to flying a kite. As a child, you learn to discern. You pay attention to the wind. Just like the wind cannot be controlled, neither can your walk with Jesus be boxed in. Part of spiritual formation is to discern what God is saying and wanting you to do.
Spiritual Formation starts with two questions:
1. What does it mean when people accept Jesus as their Lord and teacher?
2. Is it possible for apprentices to experience what Jesus’ disciples experienced over 2,000 years ago?
The central question for leaders is to look at how are we helping people transform their lives. Confession, self-examination, prayer, and solitude are all required in the process of spiritual formation. It will also require studying, praying, and worshipping.
Despite the emergence of digital transformation, most church leaders are not designing their ministry to drive attenders toward spiritual formation. Likes and followers on social media will not suffice to generate engagement for spiritual formation.
The popular success model was measured with ABC (Attendance, Buildings, and Cash). It’s DEF now (Discipleship, Engagement, and Faith-building community). Rather than counting Christians, we should weigh them. We need to weigh them in terms of spiritual formation. Church members and leaders should apprentice others as we learn together to be more like Jesus.
There are also those in the church who are simply interested in attending your events (consumers). Jesus, too, faced the challenge of finding followers among the crowds who wanted food, miracles, and an experience. Pastors can tell a second group exists, those who are committed to learning from Jesus. If church leaders are not teachers who are interested in Learning Management System (LMS) and pursuing spiritual formation, it will be difficult to see it flourish among those who attend the church.
LMS as an online tool is a wonderful way to engage with younger audience who prefer to be on their smart phones. People can also self-select the areas in which they desire using the LMS. LMS allows people to connect at their convenience and learn at their own pace.
LMS is an effective tool that can help you access where people are in their spiritual journey and where they should focus next. You can keep track of engagement to identify folks who are ready to go deeper. It is beneficial to have your content assessable 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Your goal as a church leader is to equip an array of leaders who can assist believers in specific areas of growth. In-person and one-on-one online apprenticeship sessions, along with online forums, can help LMS participants to connect with like-minded church members and make significant strides in their spiritual growth.
The intention of your LMS needs to be to help your church attenders to reach the destination of being more like Jesus. The consistent online teaching and pathway that you offers should help them to take another road and learn how to redirect their life.