Spiritual Formation

Personal Attributes

SIL has defined Spiritual Formation as one of the key personal factors it looks for in new staff and to promote and encourage in all SIL staff. SIL has defined this desire in the following Personal Attribute Statement and indicators. These are not intended to measure people but to provide a guide for self evaluation and to provide some indicator a staff person could add to a personal development plan.

Spiritual Vitality

I am maintaining and deepening my spiritual walk, seeking to grow more like Christ through God’s grace. I am extending that grace to others, whole-heartedly participating in community life and demonstrating the fruit of the spirit. I am seeking to understand and engage with the leading of the Holy Spirit, through prayer, study and reflection with others.

  1. Measuring the Unmeasurable

Levels 1-7

These Personal Attributes and Competencies address different aspects of our engagement with the work and ministry of SIL. Spiritual Vitality, however, is foundational to every part of our personal and corporate life, including discerning what God is saying to us about what we do and how we do it.  

There are habits and disciplines we can adopt to aid us with this Attribute, but at the same time it is important to acknowledge that our growth towards being more like Christ is a work of grace through the Holy Spirit. In addition, Spiritual Vitality is unique to each person and circumstance, and usually develops in seasons rather than straight lines. We therefore encourage everybody reflecting on this attribute to keep these realities in mind. 

As a consequence, outside of a leadership context, instead of using specific indicators we would encourage you to interact with the Scriptures. Once you have read through the verses below, and any others that seem relevant, use the scale provided to give an indication of how much you have struggled or not with the given definition of Spiritual Vitality. Try to give some examples that help to explain your response.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind” and “Love your neighbour as yourself”. (Luke 10:27)

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:42)

But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23a)

1.1 Growth

Level 7

These indicators are descriptive of Spiritual Vitality as it applies to leadership in SIL.

Levels 5-6

Intentionally nurtures their personal spiritual growth and development through the regular practice of the Christian disciplines, including prayer, worship, bible study, fellowship with other believers and personal witness. Prioritises cultivating their relationship with God, demonstrated by the investment of time and resources, and models this in their leadership practices.

Levels 1-4

Intentionally nurtures and seeks accountability for their personal spiritual growth and development through the regular practice of the Christian disciplines, including prayer, worship, bible study, fellowship with other believers and personal witness. Prioritises cultivating their relationship with God as demonstrated by the investment of time and resources. Models this prioritisation in their leadership and in facilitating the development of supportive organisational practices. 

1.2 Maturity

Level 7

These indicators are descriptive of Spiritual Vitality as it applies to leadership in SIL.

Levels 5-6

Grace-filled leadership is exercised within the context of a Community of Grace. For further definition of this, see PA6.

Demonstrates grace-filled leadership rooted in a mature spirituality, characterised by prayerful responses and an openness to the leading of the Spirit. Balances the need to speak both grace and truth. Exercises wisdom and discernment, showing a willingness to serve others and persevere through challenging circumstances. Contributes to a Community of Grace and encourages growth into spiritual maturity amongst those with whom they work. 

Levels 1-4

Grace-filled leadership is exercised within the context of a Community of Grace. For further definition of this, see PA6.

Demonstrates and is intentionally accountable for grace-filled leadership that is rooted in a mature spirituality, characterised by prayerful responses and an openness to the leading of the Spirit. Balances the need to speak both grace and truth. Exercises wisdom and discernment, showing a willingness to serve others and persevere through challenging circumstances. Seeks to foster the formation of a Community of Grace and encourage growth into spiritual maturity for individuals and the organisation. 

1.3 Discernment of and Obedience to God’s Voice 

Level 7

These indicators are descriptive of Spiritual Vitality as it applies to leadership in SIL.

Levels 5-6

Missiological Reflection is one way of discerning God’s voice. For the organisational and leadership application of this particular process to our context, see PA4.4

Strives to honour God, seeking to discern His voice and place His priorities ahead of their own in both personal and team contexts. Models an attitude of faith, reverence and dependence on God, choosing, through his love and power, to do what is right rather than what is easy or driven by circumstances. 

Levels 1-4

Missiological Reflection is one way of discerning God’s voice. For the organisational and leadership application of this particular process to our context, see PA4.4Strives to honour God, seeking to discern His voice and place His priorities ahead of their own in personal, team and organisational contexts. Models an attitude of faith, reverence and dependence on God, choosing, through his love and power, to do what is right rather than what is easy or driven by circumstances. Supports organisational practices that foster engagement with God.