The Office of Spiritual Formation at Toccoa Falls College seeks to create an academic and campus environment where students, staff/administration, and faculty can develop a robust understanding of Christian formation and engage in ongoing practices that nurture it. Simply stated, we want to become a community that continually explores and practices what it means to love God with all the heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love others as we love ourselves (Matt 12:30-31). Since Christian formation is holistic in scope, the OSF is committed to shaping a college experience that places formation at the heart of both classroom and community life.
Worship. Students are invited, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10-10:50 in the morning, to gather together in Grace Chapel for an intentional experience of community worship. This is an experience that invites the community to listen and respond to the work of God in our midst through the communal worship practices of reading Scripture, prayer, musical expression, listening to inspiring messages from a diverse group of speakers, and response. Periodically, additional chapel experiences (e.g., special speakers, musical events/concerts, concerts of prayer, etc.) are scheduled on alternate mornings and evenings.
Small Groups. Students are invited, on Thursdays from 10-10:50 in the morning, to participate with peers in a Barnabas (B) Group. Our B-Groups are facilitated by some of our dedicated faculty, staff, and a few student leaders each week, and these groups provide a context where close, campus friendships can be forged, where spiritual growth can be nurtured, and where God’s grace can be experienced as we become the hands and feet of God for each other on this formational journey. Students are given the opportunity to choose a B-Group and facilitator at the beginning of the fall semester. If a student chooses to participate, a commitment to the group for a minimum of one full semester is both encouraged and expected.
Mentoring – Students are invited to participate in a Mentoring relationship for the express purpose of Christian formation with a staff/faculty member on campus. Applications for mentoring relationships must be received and approved by the OSF within the first 45 days of the semester.
Fellowships – Students are invited to join and participate in a weekly fellowship group. The Student Mission Fellowship (SMF) gathers on Wednesday nights in WM 104 and the Hmong Student Association (HSA) gathers on Thursday evenings, mostly in WM 104, and occasionally in other venues.
Although they do not qualify for SFCs, students are encouraged to maintain an ongoing practice of personal disciplines that nurture Christian formation (e.g., solitude, prayer, the study of Scripture, mission/evangelism, etc.). Students are encouraged to take advantage of sacred spaces set aside for personal and corporate times of prayer, reflection, and encouragement in residence halls, the beautiful outdoors, and the TFC Prayer Room. Furthermore, Christian formation requires participation in a local faith community. It is the expectation at TFC that all faculty, staff, and students attend, participate, and contribute to the life of a local Christian congregation of their choosing.