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How Does Spiritual Formation Work? Interview with Bethany Allen

May 20, 2021

What if God was doing in your heart was so solid that it made a difference in the lives of everyone around you?

That's the promise of "spiritual formation"—a process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others.

But how does that process really work? So often when we pursue spiritual growth, we get stuck. Progress eludes us. Looking at our own shortcomings can feel laborious and leave us feeling guilty. Is there a way to lean into this process that's joyful and emotionally healthy? What does the Bible really say about it?

Bethany Allen, Pastor of Spiritual Formation & Leadership Development at Bridgetown Church in Portland, Oregon lives these questions every day as she helps volunteers, leaders, and ordinary Christians put their faith into practice. She offers warm and welcome guidance for those who want to take a step toward wholeness.

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