What is CFP?

What is the Christian Formation Process?

Asbury Theological Seminary is happy to welcome you to the Christian Formation webpage. You will find all sorts of information about the Christian Formation Process (CFP) at Asbury on this site. The Christian Formation Process (CFP) is open to all who are members of the Asbury community. It entails all that you are doing personally and all that we are doing together to create space for God’s loving moment. In essence, the CFP is the “Asbury Experience,” and it is part of the living legacy of God at work in and through our lives together.  

An Invitation to Reflection

Seminary life can be demanding and full of pressing obligations. We all want to grow spiritually, but often the busyness crowds out all but the most urgent tasks. The Christian Formation Process (CFP) at Asbury Theological Seminary is intentionally designed to create opportunities for reflection for students, faculty, and staff. They are intrusive invitations to pause and contemplate your formation in the image of Christ. For students, there are a few required “reflective moments” across the years at Asbury, such as three conversations with a Faculty Guide and the construction of a “rule of life.” For faculty and staff, the invitations are not required but are encouraged. We are growing together in Loving Community, Loving Transformation, and Loving Mission. We are in this together!


You will hear the holy invitation to participate in the CFP in Chapel, classroom activities, discipleship groups, and retreats. But if you are only able to hear the invitation in these settings and activities, you will miss Spirit’s call into loving community, loving transformation, and loving mission to be found all around you. You are a part of the CFP when you talk to someone in the seminary business office or when you seek help from people in the Information Commons. The Christian Formation Process is found whether you are on campus or off-campus. Whether we are in the seminary cafeteria, church kitchen, or eating commons, God is forming us through community. The CFP is more comprehensive and far deeper than any one established setting, program, or plan at Asbury. Christian formation at Asbury is a whole life experience.


We pray that you will find many persons, both in our community and beyond, who can help you reflect on your formation while you are a member of the Asbury community. If you are a currently enrolled M.A. or M.Div. student, an assigned faculty member will serve as a conversational partner throughout your years on campus or on-line. Your CFP faculty “guide” will join you across your seminary years for three conversations about your experiences with the seminary’s “core values” of Community, Transformation, and Mission. We find that the busyness of seminary tasks can overwhelm us if we do not plan intentionally for these moments to reflect on the CFP. We trust that God will be at work shaping and forming all of us in the months and years ahead, and we look forward to participating in this part of your journey in faith with you. If you have any questions about this Introduction to CFP please contact my office at 859-858-2289 or e-mail steve.stratton@asburyseminary.edu .  

The Formation and Student Committee

Sarah Apgar, FSC Support Staff, Wilmore Campus Meesaeng Choi, Wilmore Campus Carolyn Clayton, Wilmore Campus Marilyn Elliott, Wilmore Campus Steve Gober, Orlando Campus Bill Goold, Wilmore Campus Rick Gray, Orlando Campus David Hull, Student Representative, Wilmore Campus Reg Johnson, Wilmore Campus Ellen Marmon, Wilmore Campus Michael Matlock, Vice-Chair, Wilmore Campus Duane Matthias, Wilmore Campus Steve Offutt, Wilmore Campus Angel Santiago-Vendrill, Orlando Campus Steve Stratton, Chair, Wilmore Campus Heidi Weaver, Staff Representative, Wilmore Campus