There are a number of things in our lives that shape and form us as individuals. In essence, Christian formation is no different. It is a compilation of our experiences, reflection, reading the Bible and the ideas and thoughts of others, learning, conversation, prayer, meditation, doing works of charity, speaking, singing, eating and drinking, and this is done while being a part of a community. This not only happens in community but is an important balance to the formation that happens in our individual private time.
The ultimate goal of Christian formation is the journey of following Jesus Christ and being open to what God’s unending love means for us individually and as a community. The early movement of Christians were called People of the Way and we strive today to be a people of the Way of Love, a people striving to live a life of love towards God and others. We also don’t forget that in order to love others we also need to learn to love ourselves.