In Invitation to a Journey, Robert Mulholland, Jr. writes that spiritual formation is “the process of being formed in the image of Christ for the sake of others.” We are becoming more Christlike, not for ourselves but in order to serve God and our neighbor.
The Building Blocks of Faith describe four spiritual needs everyone has that are met in Christ. Addressing these needs helps faith to flourish in people of all ages. (If you are unfamiliar with the Building Blocks model, read more here. The Building Blocks can help you look at your own spiritual formation and discover areas where you might need to continue growing.
You might want to start by taking this Building Blocks-based self-assessment developed by Meadowlands Fellowship Christian Reformed Church in Ancaster, Ontario. Then check out the resources and exercises below for each Building Block.
The Need to Belong
For our faith to grow, our deep need for belonging must be met. We need God’s Spirit and God’s people to help us know that we belong to God and that we belong in God’s family, the church. And we also need to create spaces for other people to belong. Read more about the need to belong.
- The faith practice of listening is key to helping people feel that they belong. Check out the listening resources from our Faith Practices Project.
- Look around you. Who is struggling to belong in your church, your neighborhood, and beyond? What might you do to extend the assurance that they belong to God?
- Teens and young adults often struggle mightily with belonging. How might you, your family, and your church create spaces of belonging for them?
- Choose one day of the week as your “belonging day.” Read a Scripture passage that reminds you that you belong to God, and then send an email, text, or card to remind someone else of the same.