Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 7.32.31 AMToday we are going to cover a topic that is often highly charged, and may be challenging for some of you. And there is a good chance that most of us have been affected in some way by it. We’re talking about Spiritual Formation, and it is something that has taken the modern church by storm in just about every denomination – from those considered to be seeker-driven and even those considered to be conservative.

Our guest today, Pastor Gary Gilley, already has a few listener emails waiting for him from those of you who have questions about what you are seeing in your own churches with Spiritual formation. Those of you who have been with us for a while have heard us cover the topic, but Pastor Gilley is going to fill in what you might not know with his research which he is sharing on our program today. He is known for his research books like This Little Church Went To Market: The Church in the Age of Modern Entertainment, and his brand new book is titled, Out of Formation: Spiritual Disciplines of God and Men.

Dr. Gilley is a pastor at Southern View Chapel in Springfield, Illinois since 1975. He is also the author and editor of the bimonthly contemporary theological issues publication Think on These Things . In addition to speaking at various conferences throughout the USA and overseas, he serves on the advisory board of New Tribes Mission and on the executive boards of Brazil Gospel Fellowship Mission and Personal Freedom Outreach. He is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute and Cambridge Graduate School, both in the U.S.

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