“The School of the Spirit experience was one of the most profound gatherings of which I have been privileged to be part during the history of my ministry. It introduced me to ways of opening to God during my quiet time to empower me in the presence of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. I have become more aware of the movements of their presence in the natural world. The school came at a time when I had fallen weak in my positive responses in negative situations. With the battles showing up more frequently than in the past, they became a serious problem. Because of the useful resources that were presented in each School of the Spirit gathering, I was able to incorporate fresh practices that increased my capacity to open to the Spirit to strengthen me through my spiritual journey and the members of the charge churches as well. I was able to combat the uncomfortable remarks that came up against me as I remained positive in negative moments.
The School of the Spirit team brought calmness in the participant’s troubled lives. I felt safe and comfortable in my spiritual direction group to share even the most intimate of concerns.
I recommend this experience to all clergy and lay ministry professionals. The School is awesome, and the wisdom gleaned from the experience is life changing. It can change your life too!”
- Rev. Betty Brown
“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
“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
"The School of the Spirit helped me to remember the significance of the verb, ‘be.’ The action words that describe leadership in the church can include ‘preach,’ ‘evangelize,’ ‘organize,’ ‘teach,’ ‘mediate,’ ‘serve,’ and many more. Yet, clergy and laity alike must first ‘be’ still and ‘be’ open for the Spirit of God to love, heal, teach, and transform us. Otherwise, true ministry can’t happen."
- Rev. Craig Allen, United Methodist Clergy
"I am ever grateful to School of the Spirit! SOS has helped me develop a daily practice of Centering Prayer, a weekly practice of Sabbath, a clergy accountability group, and spiritual direction. I now lead two congregations from a place of inner peace, Christ living within me, where I surrender myself and consent to God’s presence and action within me. Concrete evidence of this Holy Spirit directed leadership may be found in the equipping, participation and leadership of the laity in all the ministries of the church, but especially in ministries with children and youth in our community. (P.S.—Thank you for two years of SOS! It took more than one year for me to let go and let God! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SCHOOL OF THE SPIRIT!)"
- Rev. Naomi King | Bethel-Marvin UMC, Stony Point, NC
"As a church leader, I have been directed to take continuing education in church leadership, programming, and changing the church culture. The School of the Spirit has reminded and empowered me to go to the Basics of Jesus – the study of the Scriptures, the silence and power of prayer, the importance of the covenant community, and regularly taking time away for Sabbath. This year of study, time, and experience was invaluable to me. I will carry all that I have learned for a lifetime, both personally and professionally. The School of the Spirit is truly a gift to whoever walks through the doors. Thanks be to God."
- Rev. Kelley Groce | Centenary UMC, Greensboro, NC