Conversations 5.1: I Have a Dream and a Hope
In this 2007 article, Richard Foster surveys the growing spiritual formation movement and speaks to what maturity of that movement would look like. Richard names 7 characteristics that, when achieved, will signify that spiritual formation has become part of the overall fabric of Christianity.
It is the renovation of the heart we are after. This inward work is much harder than mere outward conformity . . . and easier. Harder because we cannot see it, test it, control it. We cannot program the heart of another human being. We cannot program our own heart.