An experienced author and teacher draws on historic, ecumenical practices and the Bible to offer a spiritual formation primer that emphasizes the role of the Christian community. Now revised and updated throughout.Most books on spiritual formation focus on the individual. But spiritual formation is at the heart of the church\'s whole purpose for existence. It must be a central task for the church to carry out Christ\'s mission in the world. This book offers an introduction to spiritual formation set squarely in the local church. The first edition has been well received and widely used as a textbook. The second edition has been updated throughout, incorporates findings from positive psychology, and reflects an Augustinian formation perspective. Foreword by Dallas Willard.