Church of the Resurrection

Forming Class

Class Description

Most Christian's experience a significant period of growth immediately following their decision to follow Jesus. This growth usually includes new insights, making new friends, changing some behaviors and learning about the Christian lifestyle. A few years down the road; however, most new Christians find themselves in a place where their growth is slowing down and a level of discontent setting in. 

The reason for stagnation is often associated with self-effort and a lack of understanding on how change happens. While there are some things a person can decide to do, there are many areas of a person's heart that cannot change by an act of willpower alone. Trying harder to change oneself often brings more discouragement. Disappointment from being stuck or a dry prayer life can cause people to give up hope of having life-long on-going spiritual growth.

Forming offers a way for people to move forward in their journey of life. Instead of trying to row against a current of the inner life in an effort to do what they think is right, Forming teaches participants how to align the sails with the wind, engaging the Holy Spirit to change the direction of their hearts. Forming courses contain the following sessions:

The twelve session program includes the following topics:

  • Session 1 - Changing our Minds about Change - Learning how to engage with God for change instead of trying to make it happen through our own efforts.
  • Session 2 - God is Relational - Understanding God's best intentions toward us are to build a working relationship with us, rather than judge our every move.
  • Session 3 & 4 - Developing a Conversational Prayer Life - Learning how to listen to what God wants to share with us about life
  • Session 5 - Grace is Actually a Means for Transformation - Understanding grace is not only how we become a Christian, it is also how we grow as a Christian.
  • Session 6, 7, 8 -Ways to Engage with God for Change -Engaging actively with God and how to balance our part and God's part in this process
  • Session 9 - Renewing Our Minds -How to engage with God in ways that actually change how we see and think about all of life
  • Session 10 - Healing Our Identity and Self-hate - How to engage with God to heal our distorted self-image
  • Session 11 - Disarming Our Fear - How to engage with God to disarm our fears and build our trust in God
  • Session 12 - Two kinds of Maturity - Understand what it means to grow up in all things

For more details about the course, please contact class facilitator Cecilia Whitacre:

We are not offering this course currently, but check back soon, as we do periodically.

Cecilia Whitacre
Formation Admin Assistant