School of the Spirit

Your door to a one-year experience of spiritual growth and transformation.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The School of the Spirit exists to nurture souls toward wholeness — the wholeness only God can give. Investigate today!

 

BE THE CHANGE OUR WORLD NEEDS

School of the Spirit is a distinct one-year school of contemplative practices, offering five 2-day retreats designed to equip, empower and nurture transformation through the ancient spiritual disciplines 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.

School of the Spirit is designed for clergy and ministry professionals who are profoundly dedicated to Christian spiritual formation, with a desire to know and live the ‘with-God life.’ 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! Open to all denominations; limited to 24 clergy and ministry leaders.

 
Spiritual leadership emerges from our willingness to stay involved with our own soul — that place where God’s Spirit is at work stirring up our deepest questions and longings to draw us deeper into relationship with him.
— Ruth Haley Barton
 
The School of the Spirit is one of the finest renewal experiences I know of for ministers. I know first-hand how thirsty we ministers can get giving other people water. This is a great stop by the well.
— Rev. Jody Seymour, Former Senior Pastor, Davidson UMC, Davidson, NC
This year of study, time, and experience was invaluable to me. The School of the Spirit is truly a gift to whoever walks through the doors.
—  Rev. Kelley Groce, Centenary UMC, Greensboro, NC
The School of the Spirit fills pastors back up so they can lead and guide congregations. It provides rich, trustworthy community which is much needed in the sometimes isolating work of ministry.
— Rev. Ashley Pickerel Thomas, Stokesdale UMC, Stokesdale, NC
 
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WELCOME TO THE STARRETTE FARM RETREAT 

School of the Spirit retreats are held at the Starrette Farm Retreat House in Statesville, NC, a private homestead (est. 1888) spanning 50 acres of rolling woodland and walking trails. Affectionately called “The Farm,” this awesomely beautiful property is conveniently located just 5 minutes from the intersection of I-40 and I-77. Walking trails, a pond, labyrinth, special spots for resting, journaling, community gathering, and more await you — click the buttons below for more information.

The Farm is a “day apart” venue only; School of the Spirit participants are responsible for their own overnight accommodations. There are many hotels and other options in Statesville, just a few minutes' drive from the retreat house. 

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Spiritual leadership emerges from our willingness to stay involved with our own soul — that place where God’s Spirit is at work stirring up our deepest questions and longings to draw us deeper into relationship with him.
— ruth haley barton