Spiritual Formation

Turning Information About God Into Experience With God

It’s possible to know a lot about God without actually having a relationship with him. Spiritual Formation ministry helps people turn what they know about God into experiences with God. We do this by introducing people to spiritual practices, offering spiritual direction and hosting The Clearing, a monthly contemplative worship experience.

If you would like to receive more information about spiritual formation ministry, please contact Michelle Bauer at michelle@vineyardaugusta.org or at 706.863.9766

Spiritual Direction

God invites each of us on a unique journey with him. As we follow him, there are times when we sense a clear path forward and at other times the trail is hard to find.   Spiritual directors are trained to walk with you as you look for God at work in your life. We meet one-on-one with people, usually once a month to listen, offer observations and ask questions.

Everyone who serves on our spiritual directing team has either completed training or is currently enrolled in the Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction.

If you would like to receive more information about spiritual direction, please contact Michelle Bauer at michelle@vineyardaugusta.org or at 706.863.9766.

Ready to make an appointment to meet with a Spiritual Director? Use this referral list to choose a director and begin the process of making a first appointment. Some directors are available during the weekdays and others only in the evenings or on weekends. Some directors are available to meet via Zoom, Skype or Facetime. Please contact a director directly to discuss their availability.

Spiritual Direction Referral List

 

 

 

The Clearing

Making Space to Hear from God

noun: an open space in a forest, especially one used for cultivation

Our world is busy and noisy. The Clearing is a contemplative worship experience designed to create time and space to hear from God. We meet the second Saturday of every month from 9-10am in the Vineyard Café for prayer, guided Scripture meditation and reflection. Childcare is not currently available.

If you would like to receive more information about The Clearing, please contact Michelle Bauer at michelle@vineyardaugusta.org or at 706.863.9766.

Soul Care

March 2021

Into the Desert

During the month of March many Christians around the world observe the season of Lent. We set aside the 40 days between Ash Wednesday (Feb 17th) and Easter (April 4th) for self-reflection and repentance.  In this way, we imitate the time that Jesus spent in the desert in prayer and fasting.

This month we will walk through Jesus’ experience of temptation in the desert. In the desert we are stripped of our masks and come face-to-face with our weakness. In the desert we are faced with our sin and invited to give up our struggle for control. As we remember the temptations Jesus faced, we will confess our sinful choices and ask for God’s mercy. The desert is a harsh place but also a place where healing can begin. We pray that will be true for you!

Click here to access March’s soul care booklet which offers daily prompts for prayer, Scripture reading and reflection. – Into the Desert

 

 

A Devotional Guide for the Season of Lent

Ash Wednesday, Feb 17th - Easter, Apr 4th

Lent is a season of preparation.  For centuries, Christians have set aside the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter for self-reflection and repentance.  In this way, we imitate the time that Jesus spent in the desert in prayer and fasting. Jesus was being prepared for a ministry of love and ultimate sacrifice. What might the Spirit be preparing you for?

During this season we choose to remember that we are dust and will eventually return to dust. The reality of the “Image of God” covered in dust causes us to grieve our sin and limitation. This re-orientation is the work of preparation.  Remembering our fragileness allows us to fully embrace the gift of the cross and the glory of the resurrection. Do you notice any resistance to this thought?

Throughout this Lenten season we will consider the paradox of finding strength in our weakness. We don’t like to think about our weaknesses. We certainly don’t like to announce them to others! God invites us, though, to name our weaknesses in his loving presence and allow him to become our strength. Over the next 40 days we will find strength in our willingness to name our places of suffering, our sin, our exhaustion, and our grief. In the last few days, we will watch as Jesus walks towards the cross and learn from his example how to find strength even in the act of sacrifice.

Click here to access the 2021 Devotional Guide to the Season of Lent.