• May 28
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    A New Way of Living

    by James Bryan Smith

    “I am now a new person, a new creation, I also must live a new way. As one indwelt by Jesus, I can now live as Jesus did: in utter...

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  • May 19

    The Scrambler

    by James Bryan Smith

    When my son, Jacob, was six years old, I took him to an amusement park. There were only a few people in the park that day, so we went from...

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  • May 12

    Growing Requires Daring to Look at Who We Really Are

    by Karen Bables

    “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139 1-4;...

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  • May 08
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    Letter from James Bryan Smith and Chris Hall

    by James Bryan Smith

    In case you missed the email announcement about Renovaré and Apprentice partnering for The Apprentice Gathering in 2015, we are posting the letter from Chris Hall, President Renovaré USA and...

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  • Apr 28
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    We Win

    by James Bryan Smith

    “A few years ago several friends and I threw a surprise birthday party for a dear friend who had experienced several difficulties over the past several years. She had lost...

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  • “It was powerful to study spirituality in the context of a different culture a part of a group with aligned goals.”

    - Nick, CSF Student / in Wichita, KS
  • “Studying spiritual formation abroad was an incredible experience – one that opened my mind and my heart to God’s work around the world.”

    - Kalika, CSF Student / in Wichita, KS
  • “If the series only contained Smith’s theology without the soul training it would still be good. If it only contained the soul training but not the theology it remains worth the read. But the combination of the two empowers the reader to create space in their life for the work of the Spirit.”

    - Paul, Missional Pastor / in Wichita, KS
  • “Be prepared for a spiritual workout when reading this series, and get ready to stretch, groan and work spiritual muscles that are weak”.

    - Robin / in Louisville, KY
  • “Apprentice is the vehicle that reconnected me to God”.

    - Ben / in Knoxville, TN
  • “I found the Apprentice event an empowering experience of information, affirmation, training, and visioning. It has encouraged us to move forward.”

    - Joe, Church Director / in Traverse City, MI


The Apprentice Series aims to help Christians develop a robust discipleship by helping them understand who God is, what it means to be a Christian and what it means to live in community as a part of God's kingdom. Throughout the series, Christians learn to discard the flawed narratives of our hearts and replace them with the truths God reveals in his word about himself, the Christian life and his Church.

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