Academy for Spiritual Formation Registration Deadline Nears

November 28, 2012

By the Rev. Greg Bergquist
Conference Superintendent for Leadership Development

Are you yearning for a place to nourish your spiritual life? Do you seek a spirituality deeply rooted in the Christian faith and tradition, yet open and free? Are you looking for a community of people on a similar journey? The Academy for Spiritual Formation may be for you.
Scheduled to begin Jan. 13-18, 2013, at the Mercy Center in Burlingame, California, the Academy for Spiritual Formation is an experience of disciplined Christian community emphasizing holistic spirituality – nurturing body, mind, and spirit. The program is ecumenical and inclusive and open to all lay and clergy persons who hunger for a deeper relationship with God. The Academy will foster spiritual rhythms – of study and prayer, silence and liturgy, solitude and relationship, rest and exercise. Participants will rediscover Christianity's rich spiritual heritage through worship, learning, and fellowship.
The Academy for Spiritual Formation is a two-year process of learning, meeting for one week each quarter of the year, equating to eight weeks of experiential, onsite learning, along with self-study and reflection between meeting times. The total cost for the two-year program, including tuition, room, and board, is $6,900 (paid in installments over the two-year period). However, because of a matching scholarship program between the Upper Room Ministries, the Council on Clergy Development, and the Committee on Lay Leadership Development, scholarships are available through the California-Nevada Annual Conference office.
If you are interested in participating in the Academy, visit to find a complete 20-page prospectus, including application. The application deadline is Dec. 17, 2012.
If you have questions or need further information, contact me at or 916.374.1506.