MEETING MINUTES: Spiritual Formation

by | Oct 18, 2022 | Spiritual Formation Team Meeting Minutes

Date: Tuesday, October 11th, 2022, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Location: Virtual

Devotional: (5 min) (Mike)

  • Reflections on “Spiritual Formation” through the lens of 2 Corinthians 3:17-18


  • Name, how long you have served on this committee, what is your day job, and do you have a favorite spiritual discipline you would like to share?
  • Members present were Jerry Haas, Karen Conde, Alberta Farnsworth, Jane Ann Murray, Melissa Rynders, and Michael Wilkerson

What has been done in the past? (10 min) (Everyone)

Annual Conference Activities

  • Meditation room
  • Prayer yoga
  • Labyrinth
  • Art packets made available

Provide Resources for Church Use

  • Longest Night/Blue Christmas liturgy

Host Daily Prayers for Special Events

  • Jurisdictional Conference
  • General Conference

Financial Sponsor of 5-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation

Organized Retreat at Dove in the Desert United Methodist Church

  • Worked through “Cycle of Grace” material
  • Put forth effort to create more prayer groups throughout the Annual Conference

What do we want to do going forward? (20 min) (Everyone)

  • Make better use of Zoom infrastructure for devotions at special events
  • Find ways to pick up on what’s going on and encourage conference involvement
  • Organize a 24-hour “Spiritual Hour” writing retreat
  • Improve communication throughout the Annual Conference for “Spiritual Formation” activities
  • Make better use of the website and social media
  • Provide resources for understanding and uplift our spiritual life
  • Sponsor/Facilitate presentations by noted authors and speakers (e.g. James Finley)
  • Help connect local churches to spiritual formation resources
  • Contemplative Outreach organization which provides training on contemplative prayer
  • Upper Room which offers various opportunities for training and development
  • Continue our own development so that we can serve as leaders in spiritual formation for the Annual Conference
  • Offer more training opportunities
  • Collaborate with faith traditions
  • Target issues and audiences so that the tie to spirituality is recognized
  • Work with other committees to highlight the impact of issues like racism, dementia, suffering, and aging on our spiritual health
  • Ensure developed material is presented in formats compatible across generational groups (e.g. prepare bite-sized videos (<5 min) that are more useful for younger generations

Web Page Recommendations: (10 min) (Everyone)

  • Offer emails targeted to the Spiritual Formation Committee
  • Advertise books from Upper Room or other resources
  • Provide links to other resources
  • Ensure updates are prompt
  • Collaborate with reconciling ministries

Next Meeting: (5 min) (Everyone)

  • Monday, November 14th, at 11:30 (virtual)
  • Agenda: Budget; Upcoming 5-day Academy for Spiritual Formation (planning and organizing; encounter, reflection and spiritual growth)
  • Other items TBD

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