Grants for The Academy for Spiritual Formation Available

12/12/2013

Applications Due by December 26, 2013

“It is with great hope and expectation that the Center for Clergy Excellence, Clergy Development and Spiritual Formation Committee would like to extend an invitation to clergy and laity to prayerfully consider applying for The Academy for Spiritual Formation, an in-depth experience in Christian spiritual formation,” says Rev. Michelle Hall, Associate Director of the TAC Center for Clergy Excellence. The Academy for Spiritual Formation® is ecumenical and inclusive.  It is open to all persons who are seeking God and wish to grow in Christian community with other seekers. Additionally, persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply as every effort is made to find host retreat centers that are fully ADA compliant.

 

The Academy is an intense two-year program, offered by Upper Room Ministries, which brings participants together for 40 days (5 days each quarter) for worship, silence, and covenant groups and study.  Sixteen courses form the backbone of the Academy; worship and small groups shape its heart and soul. Participants emerge with a deeper relationship with God, a better sense of self-and soul-care and more creativity and freedom for the practice of ministry.  While ecumenical in outreach, the Academy is Wesleyan in spirit, balancing an emphasis upon personal and social holiness.  During the first year, emphasis is placed on deepening one’s life in Christ; during the second year participants are encouraged to focus on engaging the needs of the world.  Disciplines of body (health and wellness) as well as mind and spirit (lectures and worship) provide renewed vitality on many levels.  

 

The upcoming 36th Academy, will begin in July of 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.  The cost for the Academy is $5,995, not including transportation. The Conference will sponsor up to four applicants at the cost of $4,000 each. The Academy will match up to $1000 each. “The Texas Annual Conference recognizes that investing in strengthening spiritual formation throughout the conference is an investment in the Kingdom of God. The remaining $995 would become the applicant’s financial investment into their spiritual formation which can be paid over the duration of the course. Additional information is available on http://academy.upperroom.org.

 

Total Cost

Upper Room Contribution

Texas Annual Conference Contribution

Your Contribution

$5995

$1000

$4000

$995+ transportation

 

Notes Michelle, “The Texas Annual Conference recognizes that investing in strengthening spiritual formation throughout the conference is an investment in the kingdom of God. 

 

Spiritual Formation Chairman Rev. Guy Williams encourages readers to pass this opportunity along to anyone interested in pursuing a ministry calling. Additional information is available on http://academy.upperroom.org.  

 

Next step: complete this application, print and fax it to Barbara Eoff at 713-520-0289, or scan and email to beoff@txcumc.org by December 26, 2013. The committee on Clergy Development and Spiritual Formation will review applications and identify those applicants that will be referred to the Academy.  If you have questions, please contact Michelle Hall, 713-521-9283.