Formation Groups are important to our students’ personal, spiritual, and ministry development. As a place for informal, faculty-led discussion, prayer, and mentoring, Formation Groups complement more formal education and offer a warm place for mutual encouragement and fellowship in the context of ministry and theological education.
Formation groups at TEDS are guided by three main objectives:
To Grow Together in Biblical Wisdom
…by bringing Scripture, theology, and history to bear on relevant personal, ministry, cultural, and sociopolitical issues.
To Grow Together in the Grace of God
…by engaging in and understanding primary means of grace (Word, Prayer, Worship), as well as other Christian disciplines.
To Grow Together in Relationships and Relational Skills
…by engaging in the building of relationships, mutual ministry, and service to others; providing encouragement and accountability with those who share the unique challenges of ministry and theological education.
Our students meet weekly in a small group led by a faculty member. Participation in Formation Groups is required for MDiv students as a part of the candidacy process. Other master’s program students are encouraged to attend; participation in two semesters of Formation Group can serve to fulfill one field education requirement in those programs. In addition, some Formation Groups also serve as a time of gathering for Trinity campus organizations, such as Mosaic Fellowship and others.