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    Apprentice 2014 National Conference
    Oct 9-11, 2014
    Friends University Campus
    Wichita, KS

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  • Students in the Apprentice Institute


    Christian Spiritual Formation is most simply described as the process in which we are continuously being shaped into the person God created and intends us to be.

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  • The Apprentice Series by Dr. James Bryan Smith

    The Apprentice Series

    The Apprentice Series aims to help Christians develop a robust discipleship by helping them understand who God is.

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    Meet the Team

    Curious about the faces behind Apprentice Institute? Click below to learn about our growing team of incredible individuals.

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  • Apr 21
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    Defining Spiritual Formation: The Process

    by James Bryan Smith

    What is spiritual formation, anyway? What does spiritual formation mean and why is it important? This is the fourth post in a series (Part 1: The Need; Part 2: The Reality;...

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  • Apr 20
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    An Easter Homily

    by Joshua Luton

    This is the Paschal Homily of John Chrysostom (4th Century); it is still read at Easter morning Orthodox services around the world. May these words guide you deeper into the...

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  • Apr 17
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    Follow the (Awkward) Way that Leads to Life

    by Joshua Luton

    This Sunday, don’t get distracted by the glitz and glamour, the pastels and white shirts and (bow) ties. Don’t get lost in what everyone is putting on. See if you...

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  • Apr 16

    Twilight of Holy Week

    by Joshua Luton

    Today is the worst hump day of the year. Next week, hump day will mean the midpoint of the week, a casual slide into the weekend and rest and relaxation....

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  • Apr 15
    Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane

    Just Like Me: A Reflection on Mark 14:32-36

    by Taylor Mertins

    This is a guest post by Taylor Mertins. While I was at Duke, I took a class on the Greek Exegesis of the Gospel according to Mark. Throughout the course...

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“Training College Students to Transform the world” Apprentice recruits, trains, matriculates and sends forth students desiring to be Christ-like leaders. We offer a degree track and second major program in Christian spiritual formation at Friends University in Wichita, KS. Find out more »

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We aim to assist leaders with their formation and discipleship ministries by working with pastoral leadership, spiritual formation pastors, lay leaders and congregation members. Find out more »

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We are deeply collaborative by partnering with like-minded leaders, organizations and thinkers to archive, engage, and further develop the field of Christian spiritual formation. Find out more »

  • “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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