Thursday intensive pre-sessions are from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Pick a topic you are interested in and drill deep into learning from of these incredible speaker. Cost for an intensive session is $69 and registration is required.
JOHN ROBINSON | Beauty from Ashes

All of us are broken people in need of restoration. Very often the messiness of our lives can leave us feeling stuck in shame without hope for the future. The good news is that God’s Spirit not only specialises in renovating the ruins of our lives, but delights in doing so. You are the Renovator’s delight!


This workshop unpacks the ways in which the Holy Spirit is brooding over all that is dark, formless and empty so that it may be renewed (Gen 1:2). We also explore how we can be active participants in Spirit’s mission to create beauty from ashes (Isaiah 61:1-3).


An exploration of the word and the reality of lovingkindness as expressed in Scripture. Our working translation: “When the person from whom I have a right to expect nothing, gives me everything.”


SHARON GARLOUGH BROWN | Finding Our Stories within The Story

Join author Sharon Garlough Brown for a day of exploring how spiritual practices can help us pay attention to the unfolding narratives of our lives. Through prayer and reflection we’ll discover ways to keep company with the God who calls us beloved and who longs to reveal his presence in the midst of the daily stories we live and tell.


TIM KEEL | Missional Church Leadership

Mission and ministry in the West are in flux! Too often each have been reduced to a pragmatic search for easily adoptable models that promise immediate impact. Within that framework, leadership is reduced to implementation of these models and methods. How can leaders become aware of the subtler factors of how God works in a context and how a leader influences a community to impact an environment? Over the course of this one-day workshop we explore the ways in which mission to the West is a contextual, theological, and structural challenge that requires deep engagement in each.  We will also examine how personal dynamics inform and shape the habits and practices of leaders in the church communities they lead. We  will explore this challenge with particular reference to the local church’s participation in what the Spirit is doing in and for the life of the world through Jesus Christ.

SUZANNE STABILE | The Road Back to You: Looking at the Spiritual Life Through the Lens of the Enneagram (FULL)

Participants in this intensive will discover a framework for beginning to live into our more authentic selves by understanding the fundamental assumptions through which each Enneagram type views themselves and the world and how each of the numbers affect our spiritual journey.  By the end of the conference, each participant will have identified, or be close to identifying, his or her Enneagram number.  Those who already have a good idea about their Enneagram number will find their knowledge refreshed and deepened. Suzanne is a recognized national expert and one of the best teachers / storytellers you will encounter.


Workshops are offered on Friday, Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.  They are included in the regular Apprentice Gathering registration.  Topics are the same at each session unless otherwise indicated.  Pre-registration is recommended as some workshops will fill.
TISH HARRISON WARREN | Savoring on Sunday (11 a.m. Only)(FULL)

The ancient symbols, calendar, and aesthetics of the church call us to truth and what that means for the future of worship. We will look at practices of beauty and pleasure in gathered worship, how that shapes our daily life, and talk practically about how to include these practices in our contemporary churches.

SHARON GARLOUGH BROWN | Going Deeper: Spiritual Practices for Cultivating Humility (FULL)

Following on her keynote address, Sharon Garlough Brown explores the particular practices that can help us embrace God’s strength in the midst of weakness and discover a deeper way of resting in the power and love of God.

BRIAN ZAHND | The Trellis: The Value of Liturgy in Spiritual Formation (11 a.m. Only) (Has Space)

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JAMES BRYAN SMITH | The Magnificent Story: Uncovering a Gospel of Beauty, Goodness and Truth (FULL)

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JUANITA RASMUS | Doodles with God

We will give ourselves permission to see the beautiful in our lives amidst the abstract creation of Doodle Art. Doodle Art as a means of being present to the great creator! This workshop will be hands on. No art experience needed just a willingness to behold the beautiful!

ALAN FADLING | An Unhurried Leader: The Lasting Fruit of Daily Influence (11 a.m. Only)

In this workshop, Alan Fadling will unfold what it means for leaders to let Jesus set the pace. Through biblical illustrations, personal examples, and on-the-ground leadership wisdom, Alan will guide you into a new view of kingdom leadership. We will focus on insights and practices to help you work with God at a more livable and fruitful pace.

MICHAEL WILLIAMS | Spoken into Being: Divine Encounters through Story (11 a.m. Only)

Everyone has a story and everyone can tell their story. Just by living our lives we are creating stories every day, and those stories collect around certain people places and things the way iron filings constellate around magnetic poles. Some of those stories are sacred stories, revealing divine encounters, communicating the presence of the holy in our midst. This presentation will explore the people, places and things that are magnetic poles for encounters with the divine in our lives. These stories gather around our windows into God, our sacred places, and our holy relics. Participants will have opportunities to share stories with a partner or two. Together we can develop some basic storytelling skills as we unearth some of the divine encounters that surround us daily.

J. DANA TRENT | For Sabbath’s Sake: A Spiritual Practice of Finding Beauty in Rest, Worship, and Community (4 p.m. Only)

In the age of 24/7, we feel frenzied and rushed. We don’t spend time on the restorative practice of being present. Secretly, we fear stepping out of the ordinary and into the sacred, because it means facing the bigger questions of meaning-making. This is not what God intended for us. Sabbath is embracing the beauty that will save us: time for joy, wonder, play, rest, worship, and gathered community. This workshop will explore how to use the ancient practice of sabbath to heal modern woes. What does it mean to step out of chaos in order to find beauty? How will sabbath save us and the world?

DR. ANGELA REED | Spiritual Companioning: What is it and Why is it Important? (Has Space)

The work of God in the human soul is a beautiful thing, yet we often find it difficult to recognize God’s presence and activity in our everyday lives. We need spiritual friends to help us identify the invitations of God and hold us accountable as we respond, but these kinds of formative relationships may be few and far between. This workshop considers the New Testament call to companioning in the example of Jesus, addresses the challenges of building companioning relationships, explores the art and practical skills of listening for the soul, and ponders the possibility of developing a broader culture of soul conversation in the life of a community.

MIKE KING | The Passionate Praying Youth Worker (11 a.m. Only)

We agree – prayer is important. But, do we pray? Do we pray as a way of life and ministry? Do we pray without ceasing as Paul instructed the Thessalonians to do? Is that even possible? We will discuss ways to incorporate prayer into your way of ministry, your way of relationships, your way of life. A youth worker who prays can create a culture of young people who also discover prayer as a way of life and a way of being Christian. We will examine the corpus of prayer practices throughout Christian History and Thought.

BETH/DAVID BOORAM | Discernment: The Ancient Art of Choosing Well (FULL)

It may be argued that the quality of our life is determined by the quality of our decisions. Yet many of us have little idea how to knowingly approach important forks in the road, let alone discern which way to go. The ancient art of choosing well has a strong history in the Christian tradition. In this workshop, Beth and David Booram, experienced spiritual directors, will provide the basics of this invaluable spiritual practice. You will leave with some tools and decision-making templates for the next time you face a dilemma that needs discernment.

CASEY TYGRETT | Engaging the Spiritual Practice of Curiosity (4 p.m. Only)

Curiosity is “native software” – we come out of the womb as curious people, and the way we find our way in the world is to ask the questions that matter most. In this workshop Casey Tygrett, author of Becoming Curious: A Spiritual Practice of Asking Questions will give  daily practices for re-engaging that childlike curiosity when it comes to our own spiritual formation.

SOCE LIFE | The Spiritual Discipline of Neighboring (4 p.m. Only)

The commandment to love our neighbor resounds throughout Scripture, but today it is often misconstrued as a tool for converting our neighbors, or worse yet growing our churches. Instead, this workshop will explore how the practice of neighboring can serve as a tool in the hands of the Holy Spirit to transform our hearts. Together we will explore a healthy understanding of spiritual disciplines and specifically how to practice loving our neighbor. This workshop will be interactive and plenty of fun! Facilitators: Matthew & Catherine Johnson, and Adam & Ashley Barlow-Thompson

WIL HERNANDEZ | Henri Nouwen: A Sacred Companion (11 a.m. Only)

In his life and ministry, Nouwen modeled what true spiritual accompaniment is about. Whether as a spiritual friend, guide, mentor, or a spiritual director, he companioned people on their journey in a holistic and integrated fashion. This workshop will not only provide you insights into Nouwen’s unique philosophy of companioning but also some practical ways you can apply his lived-out principles in your own ministry settings.

We will be adding others to this section as the event draws closer.