Spiritual formation inventory is a spiritual assessment tool to obtain a snapshot of our spiritual life at a certain moment in our spiritual journey. This tool will help us to discover what areas in our spiritual practices are strong and what the weaknesses are. For effective spiritual formation or spiritual growth, balanced spiritual life and practices is essential. Too much emphasis on one aspect of our spiritual practices at the expense of others may lead to an unhealthy spirituality.
The essential elements or components of the spiritual formation may be summarized by the acronym SHALOM
Story-telling is the living our lives in communion with God
Heart is to abide in Christ or growing into Christlikeness
Action is in ministry to others or service
Learning is living in the Word or spiritual learning
Opening to the community as in fellowship and community building
Missional is living as a witness to the world
Shalom is a Hebrew word often translated as peace. However shalom means more than peace (as the absence of strive) as it also denotes perfection– as in perfection of God’s original creation, Jesus as the perfector of our faith and himself, and as the perfection of man’s reconciliation with God.