School of the Spirit 2018

February 09, 2018

SCHOOL OF THE SPIRIT is a distinct one-year school of contemplative practices. It is grounded in the basic spiritual practices of Jesus and the early church. The focus of this structure is not on the latest fad but on centuries-old practices that will renew our encounter with Christ, grounded in the vitality of a committed community to hold each participant’s journey. Through the living process of placing ourselves before God to be schooled by the Holy Spirit, we trust God’s grace to rewire our minds (Romans 12:1-2) and revive our spirits.

IF YOU HAVE A PASSIONATE and determined quest to be the change, to move more deeply and intentionally into your own process of inner-transformation; if others are hungry for deeper levels of transformation and are looking to you for guidance; if you desire to be a part of a community whose aim is to nurture transformation in Christ and you are willing to commit to five quarterly retreats over a one-year time frame, then participation in the School of the Spirit is for you!

BECAUSE WE KNOW real growth takes place slowly over time with others, you are invited to join us as we sit under the tutelage of the Spirit with others who also have hungry hearts for Christ’s character to radiate from their lives. Our intent is to create an environment of prayer, learning, and formation devoted to intentionally living our faith as a way of life as we journey toward becoming the spiritual leaders God created us to be––no matter our setting!

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"Can we really put on the “mind of Christ?” Can we really have "an easy yoke?" Probably not if we are caught up in our own ego striving, albeit to simply do good things. Probably not if we think we can do it by ourselves. But there is a way. School of the Spirit is committed to providing the experience, practices and trusting support for a deep journey into ourselves where we most connect with the power, mystery and love of God, and from which all love-inspired works of ministry flow. If you are willing to risk giving up control of your own life, to learn ancient practices which allow you to gently put your life in God’s hands, then there is no better place to start that journey than School of the Spirit (” — SOS staff member Don Carroll (
"I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for the gift to me and so many others of the School of the Spirit.  God is doing a mighty and beautiful thing through you and the others who are walking with us on this journey of faith.  I’m so grateful that you heard God’s voice speaking and have responded so faithfully.” — Rev. Randy Harry, Smoky Mountain District Superintendent
"I am so very thankful that God led me to your program. I believe that I have personally gained more benefit to my ministry from our initial three retreats than from 30 hours of assorted Mdiv classes that I have taken over the last 5 years.” — Pastor Thad Brown, Harmony and Mt. Carmel UMC 
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