• Apr 28
    Always with you--hands grasping

    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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  • Apr 21

    Spiritual Formation and Superhero Thinking

    by Stan Harstine

    One omnipresent question when it comes to Christian Spiritual Formation is why spiritual practices appear to affect some individuals more than others. A second is why some Christians show such...

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  • Apr 07
    In Darkness-Wendy Longo photography--CC

    Where are You?

    by Karen Bables

    My husband Fred had been ill for several weeks.  By the time he was finally hospitalized, a lung infection had spread to his kidneys and to his brain.  After about two hours...

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  • Mar 31

    A Priest Who Prays

    by James Bryan Smith

    “Jesus completely finished the work of reconciliation, but that does not mean he is up in heaven taking a long nap. One of the most beautiful parts of the theology...

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  • Mar 24
    Worn Clock Face

    I Can Have As Much of God As I Want

    by Karen Bables

    “A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night” (Psalm 90:4; NIV). “With God, one day is as good...

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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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