Adult Discipleship Blog: Academy for Spiritual Formation


Several years ago I took part in the Hinton Rural Life Center's Colleague Covenant Forum. Rev. Mike Harper and others had worked to make it possible for the forum to be conducted at Camp Sumatanga, and I was a more-than-willing participant. That two-year forum changed my life in a very good way.

You see, the Colleague Covenant Forum was an authorized "version" of the Academy for Spiritual Formation. Along with other participants in the forum, I read wonderful books, retreated to Camp Sumatanga quarterly for the better part of a week where we heard excellent presenters, reflected on the things we were learning and experiencing, engaged in powerful worship services, and met together in covenanted small groups. Toward the end of the two-year forum participants were challenged to design and execute a ministry project that put to use some of what we had learned and experienced.

Later, I was blessed to attend a Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation, also held at Camp Sumatanga. That experience refreshed my soul and propelled me on a journey that ultimately led to my becoming credentialed in spiritual direction by the Alabama West Florida Conference and professionally certified in spiritual formation by The United Methodist Church.

Why am I telling you this? Because I believe the Academy for Spiritual Formation may be as life-changing (in a good way) for you as it was for me, and because you have the opportunity to receive scholarship assistance to participate in the Two-Year Academy for Spiritual Formation. The next Two-Year Academy begins August 3, 2015, at Camp Sumatanga. 

To learn more about the Academy for Spiritual Formation, visit

And you can get scholarship information by emailing Lyn Cosby at the North Alabama Conference Center at

You have nothing to lose and much to gain...


Roger Short, Spiritual Formation Pastor
Alabaster First United Methodist Church


The Adult Discipleship Blog is produced by the North Alabama Conference Adult Discipleship Team as a way to use the depth of our United Methodist connectional relationship to resource local churches to best grow disciples and to help deepen the North Alabama Conference's connection to the vine who is Jesus Christ. (For the purpose of this blog see the post “The Power of Religion”.) Please join the conversation by adding your comment below. If you have an idea for a blog topic or would like to make a submission to the Adult Discipleship Blog please contact the Adult Discipleship Team Convenor Rev. Peter von Herrmann at

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