Welcome to Faithwalking
An Ongoing SpiritualFormation Journey
Equipping You To Live The Fully Human,Fully Alive, Missional Life
It is our deep conviction that Jesus demonstrates the fully human, fully alive life to which we are all called. As you participate in our ongoing spiritual formation process, you will discover your true self that is full of passion and desire to make an impact in the world. You will also receive teaching, coaching and support as you identify and remove the obstacles that stand in the way of living life as your true self.
What is Faithwalking About?
Creating Spaces for Wholeness in the Time of COVID-19
As the world faces the fear and anxiety that are changing our way of living, we want to create spaces for wholeness, learning, and prayer - in which we can remember the source of our hope and the constant invitation to be who we want to be in every circumstance. Below are four ways in which we are creating these spaces. Prayerfully consider our invitation to participate in any or all of them.
Blog and News
- Doing the Work that Brings Peace and Justice – Steve Mahr February 26, 2021
- Meet the Faithwalking Board – Mario Ramos February 21, 2021
- Covered in Peace Instead of Anxiety – Linda Blanden Naumowicz January 26, 2021
- The Best Version of Myself: Jerome Kayl December 31, 2020
- Christmas Meditation 2020 December 24, 2020
- Changing the Conversation: Steve Mahr December 17, 2020
Faithwalking is a spiritual formation process where people are increasingly following the way of Jesus, experiencing ongoing transformation, and developing effective practices for missional living: serving the poor, the marginalized, and those in need; working for the common good; and restoring individuals, social systems, communities, and nations to God’s intended design.
What We Do
We teach, coach, and empower individuals to live the fully human, fully alive life that Jesus lived and leaders to equip their communities. Our core work centers around helping you and those in your community to master the work of spiritual formation, inner healing, emotional transformation, and missional living.
Spiritual FormationDeveloping a rhythm of spiritual practices that empower you to be increasingly authentic with yourself, with others, and with God about who you were created to be and to tell the truth about the obstacles that stand in the way of being that true self.
Inner HealingProgressing toward a full, ongoing expression of your true self, which we believe requires inner healing. In childhood you had experiences that shaped your view of yourself and of the world. Finding healing for wounds sets you free to move forward in hope and power.
Emotional MaturityLearning to see how anxiety - yours and others' around you - causes you to react out of your wounded false self. You will get so much practice responding from your true self in anxious settings that this will become the norm for you.
Missional LifeEngaging the "others" in your life and loving them generously and well, while at the same time allowing those "others" to love you back in a relationship of reciprocity. We believe this is the life Jesus calls us to and that as we master it, we experience a sense of being alive that is possible in virtually no other way.
Courses and Offerings
We have a core curriculum that is offered to the public directly by Faithwalking (FW Foundations) and through Faithwalking Circles (FW Core Four) in different settings. We also offer ongoing transformation opportunities.
We teach people how to use a set of tools that lead to personal transformation and the fully alive life. We coach them in how to apply the tools in their lives. We mobilize them to join with God in God’s ongoing mission in the world and to impact systems to become more whole and workable. Faithwalking Foundations is offered in six modules.
FW Core Four
Four transformational learning experiences offered by FW Circles, where we teach, coach, and empower you to master the components of the transformational journey. You will gain mastery in the areas of spiritual formation, inner healing, emotional maturity, and missional living. The Core Four includes FW 101, 201, 202, and 301.
Transformation is not a switch that can be flipped, but a process that takes a lifetime. Transformation is a journey that takes ongoing encouragement, effort and support. That is why we have created different ongoing transformation education offerings to continue to help you press in to transformation learning and practice as a way of life.
WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
We live in a reactive culture where even the most well-intentioned people behave in less than healthy ways. Everyone has triggers. Marriages, families, churches, businesses, communities and governments are all impacted by people’s lack of ability to work together in healthy and life-giving ways. As a result, most of the systems in our culture are impaired and many are disintegrating. Individuals and the world remain broken and disunified. Christians inconsistently follow the path of Jesus. We miss out on the fully alive life. The world remains mostly unchanged. Polarization and impulsive bad behavior are on the increase. Simple answers get offered when the real answers lie deep within every individual.
“External conflicts are difficult to resolve before resolving the internal conflicts that fuel them.” Dr. Henry Cloud
We believe that wholeness and workability are God’s intended design. We believe that God desires peace, unity, and soundness in individuals and in systems. We believe that when God’s kingdom invades the earth that wholeness is reclaimed in everyone and that workability is established for everyone.
We believe that Good News restores people to full humanity. Inner healing and growing in emotional maturity are keys to transformation. Fully human individuals join God with others on God’s mission in the world. A safe and supportive community is crucial to risk learning radical obedience. Transformation is fostered by continuous engagement with the prophetic voice of Jesus who calls us to living counter-cultural values in the systems and structures of the culture.
. . . we are committed to Faithwalking, a movement of personal transformation that empowers people to join God’s mission in the world, impacting every dimension of life.
Mental Model of Discipleship
The mental model of discipleship is at the very core of our curriculum. We believe that as we live into the practices of the mental model of discipleship we will begin to live into our calling to live missionally. The mental model of discipleship is made up of three interdependent practices of alignment with God, the reflective life, and authentic community.
A Reflective Life
Living a life that produces real, authentic encounters with God is what we mean by the term the reflective life. Jesus said, “I’m the vine and you are the branches. If you abide in me you’ll bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.” Jesus calls us to obedience and then tells us that we can’t be obedient unless we abide in him.
Alignment With God
Every follower of Jesus has been not only called to be a disciple but also sent to make disciples, to continue the mission that Jesus began. We believe that our mission and our life should be one integrated whole. This means joining God on mission is not an afterthought to “real life” or an add-on to Christian living. Joining God on mission is the very heart of our discipleship.
It is our deep conviction that the abundant life to which Jesus calls us is a missional life that is lived with others in an authentic community. This authentic community becomes a practical incarnation of the unconditional love of God for God, self, neighbors, strangers, and enemies.