Alliance Theological Seminary (ATS) will host a special virtual event on Monday, November 30, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (EST) featuring pastor, author and 2009 ATS alumnus Rich Villodas as guest lecturer. Villodas is also a 2003 Nyack College graduate. He will discuss his new book, The Deeply Formed Life: Five Transformative Values to Root Us in the Way of Jesus. Students, alumni and friends are invited to join this gathering via the Facebook Livestream.
Shaken to the core by a global pandemic—the losses, the shutdowns and sheltering-in—have given pause for self-examination. In The Deeply Formed Life, Rich Villodas proposes, “there is a root system from which our lives and surrounding world could greatly benefit.” His book is a deep dive into five values of spiritual formation. They are contemplative rhythms for an exhausted life; racial reconciliation for a divided world; interior examination for a world living on the surface; sexual wholeness for a culture that splits bodies from souls; and missional presence for a distracted and disengaged people. Each value is presented from a theological and biblical perspective with a compass of practices for the spiritual journey.
In addition to being available online and in bookstores, the YouVersion Bible app offers a five-day Deeply Formed Life devotional reading plan. Jonathan Puddle, host of “The Puddcast,” has welcomed Rich as a guest on his Apple podcast to discuss the book.
Rich Villodas has been the lead pastor of New Life Fellowship Church since October 2013. Some 75 countries are represented in the multi-ethnic, multi-generational church located in Queens, the largest of the five boroughs of New York City. Pete Scazzero, the founder of New Life Fellowship and co-founder of Emotionally Healthy Discipleship, hired the dynamic leader who is now his successor. In the foreword to Deeply Formed Life, Scazzero poses thought-provoking questions as he considers the significance of the book. He asks, “What would a family look like if its members lived with this kind of depth? How might singles? How about a neighborhood? A city? A nation?” And he answers, “It would transform life as we know it into something so much richer, so much more like what Jesus intended for his people.”