Not exactly a class nor a typical small group, Apprentice is an eleven-week series in practical Christian spiritual formation. It is an experience that is designed to touch the mind, the heart and the routines by which one connects with God to help people live a life that is increasingly more responsive to Jesus Christ. During these eleven weeks participants apprentice themselves to Jesus and learn from Him who God really is, what God wants us to know about reality, and what He wants to offer us in relationship with Him and His kingdom.
The process is full of invitations to engage all dimensions of human life (mental, physical, spiritual, and relational) in holistic transformation into the “new creation” God offers us in Christ. Past participants from Crestwood’s two previous groups have found the Apprentice experience wonderfully fruitful in its design to slow members down, establish greater margin, engage the quiet, and to recenter in Jesus.
The Apprentice experience includes three elements: reading James Bryan Smith's The Good and Beautiful God as we go along, a simple weekly spiritual practice, and regular attendance at the weekly gathering. Because of the rhythmic nature of the class that feeds the anticipated transformation, it is important that you can commit to attending fully. If you know at the outset that you will miss more than one session, please wait until Apprentice is offered again to participate. So check the meeting dates carefully and ask questions as needed (email@example.com). Please note that childcare is not provided.
Wednesday Evenings at the West Campus
June 4 - August 13, 6:45 - 8:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Deena Kretzer
$12 / study book
Register online using the brief form below, and if you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The Apprentice study was an enriching experience for my faith walk. Each week I felt challenged not only by the author's words, but by the weekly "soul training" exercises. What affected me the most was the emphasis on discovering God's true nature and character, casting off our often false notions of Him, and through this process being encouraged to develop a less frenetic rhythm for life and growth as an apprentice of Jesus." - Kristin Brantner