Throughout his ministry, Jesus consistently demonstrated his concern and love for the whole person: soul, mind, and body.

That concern is carried forward today by pastors and church leaders, who are called to care for people in the midst of individual circumstances as well as seismic cultural shifts. How might that calling be informed by recent developments in psychology? How should the church attend to matters of mental health? How might psychology and counseling aid us in our spiritual formation?

Based on the 2018 Center for Pastor Theologians conference, this volume brings together reflections by pastors, theologians, and psychologists who explore the relationships among three fields of study—theological anthropology, spiritual formation, and modern psychology. The result is a vibrant whole-person theology that can aid the church today in its centuries-old call to care for the soul, mind, and body.

"This collection of essays points to the heart of one of the most pressing issues in the church today—the nature and task of spiritual formation. For pastors, academics, and laity alike, there is much here to be pondered and put into practice. Think alongside these thoughtful chapters and consider how we may faithfully engage the question of spiritual formation for the church today."

Kyle Strobel, associate professor of spiritual theology, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, author of Formed for the Glory of God, editor of Embracing Contemplation


Introduction: The Art and Science of Spiritual Formation—Gerald Hiestand and Todd Wilson

Part I: Biblical, Theological, and Historical Reflections
Socialization and the Sanctuary: The Arrangement of 1 Corinthians—Daniel J. Brendsel
Beyond Imitation: The Image of God as a Vision for Spiritual Formation—Marc Cortez
The Holy Spirit and Positive Psychology in Spiritual Formation—Siang-Yang Tan
That's the spirit! Or, what exactly does spiritual formation form?—Kevin J. Vanhoozer
Jonathan Edwards on Sanctification—Rachel Stahle
Spiritual Mis-Formation: Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Human Sin—Dr. Joel D. Lawrence
Drawing from the Well: Learning from African-American Christian Formation—Vincent Bacote

Part II: Practical Wisdom
The Integrated Pastor: Toward an Embodied and Embedded Spiritual Formation—Todd Wilson
Practice Resurrection, Live Like Jesus—Cherith Fee Nordling
Friendship: The Lost Spiritual Discipline—Pamela Baker Powell
Shepherding Survivors of Sexual Abuse—Andrew J. Schmutzer
Neuropharmacoformation: Christian Formation in an Age of Stupefaction—William M. Struthers
Spiritual Formation as if Wisdom Mattered—Jamin Goggin

List of Contributors
Author Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index


Gerald L. Hiestand (PhD, University of Reading) is the interim senior pastor at Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois, and the cofounder and director of the Center for Pastor Theologians. He is coauthor of The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision and coeditor of Becoming a Pastor Theologian; Beauty, Order, and Mystery; and Creation and Doxology.

Todd Wilson (PhD, University of Cambridge) is the president and cofounder of the Center for Pastor Theologians and the former senior pastor of Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois. He is the author of Mere Sexuality: Rediscovering the Christian Vision of Sexuality, Real Christian: Bearing the Marks of Authentic Faith, and Galatians: Gospel-Rooted Living, as well as coauthor of The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision and Pastors in the Classics, and coeditor of Becoming a Pastor Theologian and Beauty, Order, and Mystery

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