Our goal at Isaiah Forty is to help people unearth and integrate the fullness of life in Jesus Christ. Since our founding, this has happened primarily through the one-on-one work of counselling. While spiritual formation and growth can and does happen within the context of counseling, it isn't designed to be the place where in-depth, long-term formation happens. People long for—and need-—substantive formation of heart, soul, mind, and body to grow in Christlikeness.
Spiritual formation is the process that takes place in the life of a believer as they grow more and more into maturity and fullness in Christ (Eph 4:13,14; Heb 5:13 - 6:3). In his letter to the Philippians, Paul wrote, “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” This verse points to the mystery of salvation: it is all God’s doing and yet we have agency in it. God is at work in us, he shapes and forms us in his image and we have responsibility in the process. Sanctification, then, is the working out of this mystery: God initiating, me receiving; God convicting, me repenting; God inviting, me responding (Phil 2:12, 13).
Spiritual Formation Coaching provides an active place for this to happen. It offers space for people to notice, wrestle and respond to the ways God is at work in their lives, inviting them into deeper relationship with Him. Using holy listening, healing prayer and contemplative spiritual practices, our spiritual formation coaches walk alongside clients to help them discern the movement of God in them and to respond meaningfully to His invitations. Our spiritual formation coaches come from a variety of backgrounds—spiritual directors, pastors, counselors and lay-persons with long experience in the life of faith.