Some years ago Community Christian Reformed Church, Frankford (Community Church) adopted the phrase: “Building a Community of Believers Called by God for Works of Service” as its guiding principle. The church believes that a significant part of its purpose is to be an active provider of help and hope in its community. In order to accomplish this, the congregation must be formed as a conduit of God’s transformative grace. To assist the church to achieve this goal, this ministry focus paper will develop a strategy for spiritual formation for Community Church rooted in reformed covenantal theology by evaluating historic and emerging understandings and practices of spiritual formation.
This paper begins by exploring the context of Community Church. It gives a brief overview of the congregation’s history and how it dealt with issues of spiritual formation. This section also gives a description of Frankford, its relevant history and some understanding of how Community Church has been perceived by non-members.
Next, this paper explores covenant theology, looking for insights for spiritual formation. It examines the theology and practices of the various Reformed traditions, which were merged into the CRC. This part of the paper also explores the impact World War II and immigration had on the spiritual formation of Dutch immigrants to Canada. This historical background provides insights for a current strategy for spiritual formation.
Based on these explorations this paper offers a strategy for spiritual formation, which is rooted in Dutch Reformed theology and practice. Both historic and emerging spiritual practices and beliefs are explored. It argues that the historic practices should not be abandoned but should be properly understood and modified for the current context. The strategy takes into account the short but volatile history of the CRC in Canada in the hope that Community Church can move into a future more productive for the Kingdom of God.
Theological Mentor: Kurt Fredrickson, DMin
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Bootsma, Michael, "A Strategy for Covenantal Spiritual Formation at Community Christian Reformed Church Frankford, Ontario" (2008). Doctor of Ministry Projects. 2.