McEwen, Matthew Robert Joseph. “The Sanctified Journey: Labyrinths and Gospel Contemplation in a Wesleyan Context.” D. Min., Tyndale University College & Seminary, 2019.
Spiritual formation is the process of following Jesus and how we become like him. Although some view this process as a linear experience, the pattern of a labyrinth is another way to describe this spiritual journey. The image of a labyrinth is not only used as the model of spiritual formation, but is also the metaphor employed throughout a spiritual autobiography and a summary of a ministry research project. Research was conducted at Holt Free Methodist Church and involved a small group that had the opportunity to walk a canvas labyrinth while practicing Gospel contemplation. A narrative methodology was used for interpreting the data that was collected through field notes, the use of a denominational survey, and exit interviews. Just as individuals walk a labyrinth at an unique pace, the same result is seen in the practice of Gospel contemplation.
The uniqueness of an individual is a key component to the process of spiritual formation. The outcome of this research project resulted in spiritual growth for the researcher, the participants and the congregation in general.
Thesis (D. Min.) —Tyndale University College & Seminary, 2019
Table of Contents
Introduction – Spiritual autobiography – A model of spiritual formation – A formational reading of scripture – Research project – Conclusion
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