Formation

Not the Red Arrows

But the generic name for the rather mysterious processes which shape the intellectual, spiritual and professional lives of those who minister. It’s a preoccupation for us at present as we reshape TISEC [Theological Institute of the Scottish Episcopal Church] into a ‘formation-led’ institution. The danger of course is that formation becomes another of those greedy words – like mission and ministry – which simply gobble up everything around themselves.

Anyway I was invited to say something at the opening of a ‘Practices of Formation’ Conference at the University of St Andrews – a collaboration between the Business School of the University and TISEC. I’d like to have been able to stay for the whole event but sadly … having delivered my thoughts I had to move on

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