Christian Formation Ministry

What is Christian Formation?

The Apostle Paul challenges us, “Be transformed by the renewing of your minds.” (Romans 2:12).

“Christian Formation” is the process of “being formed,” or perhaps more accurately, “transformed,” as we open ourselves to the process of growing in likeness to Christ. 

There are many ways to be formed and transformed. Often formation, or transformation, comes when we experience new ideas, or look at old ideas in a new way—perhaps by reading, studying, discussing, or by listening to the thoughts and experiences of others.  Participating in ministries outside our comfort zone can also lead to transform us.

St. James’ Formation classes focus on topics designed to help us learn to love God and our neighbors better. These include prayer, forgiveness, Bible study, social justice, racial issues, refugees, serving our neighbor, and more. Everyone is welcome to participate. This is a place where there are no prerequisites, no wrong answers and all questions are welcome.

Regular Formation classes include:

  • Sunday Morning 9:15-10:15
  • Tuesday Morning 10:00-11:00
  • Thursday Morning 10:00-11:15
  • Other classes are announced from time to time.
  • Information on all classes can be found in the monthly newsletter and the weekly announcement sheet included in the worship bulletin on Sunday morning.

Why is Christian Formation Relevant?

  • Because no one is meant to travel the Christian journey alone.
  • Because we all need help in becoming agents of reconciliation and care.
  • Because we can increase capacity to demonstrate love for God and neighbors.
  • Because Formation classes make it easy to get acquainted with parishioners and make new friends


Recently finished book study: 

Inspired, Slaying Giants, Walking on Water and Loving the Bible Again, by Rachel Held Evans.

At present I have three used copies in good condition.

Here are some comments about the book by people who read it:

  • I was surprised at the author’s honesty about the different stages of her faith.
  • This is a wonderful book which lends itself to good group discussion
  • I recommend this book, especially the chapters on Resistance Stories and Church Stories.
  • I learned that women were important helpers for the Apostle Paul.
  • I really liked this book because it helped provide additional depth of information about the origins of the Bible and the backgrounds in which the various sections were written.
  • The author has succeeded in translating decades of Bible scholarship into stories, commentary, and historical background to help contemporary lay readers make sense of—and even love—the Bible again, warts and all.