Spiritual Formation


The Prayer of Examen is a spiritual practice of reviewing the day to retune ourselves to the sacred in ordinary life. Usually lasting 15–20 minutes and done in the evening, the prayer prompts us to remember God’s presence, express gratitude, reflect on the day, and prepare for the day to come.

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More Resources for a Deeply Formed Spiritual Life

Robert Emmons

The Science and Spirit of Gratefulness

Robert Emmons, alongside Fuller scholars and practitioners, delves into the science of gratitude and the ways it shapes our relationship with one another, with God, and with the wider natural world.

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Editor’s Note: Both/And

Jerome Blanco, FULLER magazine editor in chief, introduces FULLER magazine #22, the “Both/And” issue.

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President’s Note: Looking at Both/And

Mark Labberton, Clifford L. Penner Presidential Chair, considers the ways both/and living is an important part of the Christian life.

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Beatitudes for the Use of Social Media: Resisting the Either/Or

W. David O. Taylor, associate professor of theology and culture, lists ten beatitudes to help us posture ourselves with hope and charity while navigating social media platforms.

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Holy Disruptions: Holding Both Our Convictions and Our Uncertainties

Amy Drennan, executive director of vocation formation, encourages us to embrace holy disruptions and mysteries—emphasizing the importance of both conviction and uncertainty in our faith journeys.

Jimmy Meladdo

Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado on Intimacy with Christ

In his closing remarks to the 2021 Missiology Lectures, Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado shares some key practices of effective churches and emphasizes the importance and centrality of intimacy with Jesus.

2021 MIssiology Lectures

The Mission of Health

At Fuller’s 2021 Missiology Lectures, practitioners and scholars from around the world explore the church’s role in forming healthy individuals, families, and communities across the globe and throughout history.

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Opportunities of Redirection | Jennifer Ackerman

Jennifer Ackerman looks at the story of Miriam in Numbers 12 and reflects on how God offers us chances to realign ourselves with God’s call on our lives.

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Renewed Vision | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton reflects on how God sees us and pursues us, and on the way our own vision of ourselves and of the world might be aligned with God’s.

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A Witness to God’s Faithfulness | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton preaches on the story of Rachel and on the faithfulness and grace of God that undergird our unfolding narratives.

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A Laughable Thing | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton speaks on the wonderful absurdity of our faith, that God makes promises and calls us to things beyond our own possibilities and capacities.

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The Spirit at Work | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton reminds us that we are people marked by God and prays that we be filled with the presence of the Spirit even amidst ongoing challenges and difficulties.

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Making Our Home in a Virtual World

Kevin Doi, Fuller Seminary chaplain, reflects on the possibilities and the limits of spiritual formation and community in online spaces.

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From Self-Care to Community Care: Insights from Two Decades of Co-Teaching to Inform the Future

Cynthia Eriksson, professor of psychology, and Jude Tiersma Watson, senior associate professor of urban mission, share lessons on community, collaboration, and formation, drawn from decades of co-teaching.

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Liminality as an Incubator for Growth

Jose Abraham, associate professor of Islamic Studies, considers the ways we can be formed and transformed in in-between spaces and seasons.

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All In | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton preaches about how we are called to be “all in” in our Christian faith—fully committed, with all we are, to walking in the way of Jesus.

Siang-Yang Tan

Christian Approaches to Counseling and Psychotherapy

Senior Professor of Psychology Siang-Yang Tan, joined by other scholars, explores the integration of the disciplines of counseling and psychotherapy with Spirit-led Christian faith.

Lynsi Snyder-Ellingson

Lynsi Snyder-Ellingson on Freedom in God

Lynsi Snyder-Ellingson talks about how God offers healing and renewal, sets us free from fear, and calls us to love.

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Siang-Yang Tan on Perspectives on Faith and Psychology

In his lecture “A Christian Perspective on Human Nature and Effective Counseling and Psychotherapy,” Siang-Yang Tan explores various perspectives on the integration of Christian faith and psychology, while emphasizing that maturity in Christ is always the ultimate goal.

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Holy Disruption | Janette Ok

Janette Ok, associate professor of New Testament, preaches from Acts 18, teaching about our need to humbly accept teaching, challenges, and even rebukes as we continually grow in Christ.

Rob Bell

Rob Bell on Spirituality and Mystery

Rob Bell, author of Everything is Spiritual and other notable bestsellers, shares about his continuous exploration of spirituality and about embracing the ongoing journey of knowing God more deeply.