TRAINING & EQUPPING 

CHRISTIAN MINISTRY IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. 

This has been true since Peter preached his first sermon at Pentecost, and  Paul reported shipwrecks, beatings, and the burden of care for all the churches.

Your challenges may be different but they are real. 

BE EMPOWERED AND EQUIPPED

We provide programs and events that focus on the souls of pastors, leaders, and care professionals. Rather than "innovative" leadership ideas and quick fixes we will position you to encounter Jesus and fill your soul.
Along with these encounters we provide training that will equip you to position others for transforming encounters with Jesus. This training is Spirit empowered and grounded in Scripture. It also contains teaching from modern neuroscience and the behavioral sciences which will help you discover the science behind Biblical change.
Training is conducted by our highly educated and qualified team of compassionate leaders who welcome you into a safe learning environment. Come as you are and leave empowered. 

By the early 1990’s our founder Terry Wardle was headed for the "top rung" of the Christian leadership ladder, having planted one of the fastest growing churches in the United States, been a seminary president, and written numerous books.  But as external pressure collided with internal turmoil he spiraled into a debilitating breakdown that landed him in a psychiatric facility.

 

Instead of climbing the ladder of success he began to descend into a  journey not of his choosing. A journey dealing with unaddressed issues from the past, a journey of increasing intimacy with Christ, and a journey of leaning into a trusted community. Out of that brokenness has come beauty. His personal experience has formed an entire community of "wounded healers" and has become the framework for a new approach to helping hurting people which has now influenced thousands. 

 

EVENTS

FORMATIONAL PRAYER SEMINAR

Our foundational seminar where it all started. ​For many this seminar has been the first step toward greater empowerment in their own life and ministry to others. Find out more. 

LORD TEACH US TO PRAY

One of our most popular seminars. This one fits into both our Formation and Growth as well as our Training and Equipping tracks providing four days of practical and experiential training in prayer through teaching and participation in guided spiritual practices. Find out more. 

SUMMER INTENSIVE

a unique opportunity for you to be steeped in the guiding principles of formational prayer. You will receive in-depth instruction and experience formational prayer for yourself. Prerequisite: Formational Prayer Seminar. Find out more. 

CARING FOR YOUR SOUL

This online video series teaches the fundamentals of soul care and positions you to make deep investments in your journey to wholeness and well being in Christ. Brief teachings are followed by practical exercises and spiritual engagements designed to help you develop a vibrant soul care plan for daily life.   Find out more. 

EXPLORE OUR TRAINING EVENTS AND PROGRAMS TO FIND THE RIGHT STARTING PLACE FOR YOU.

PROGRAMS

THE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN FORMATIONAL PRAYER COUNSELING 

Our certificate program is the core training program through which we have now trained and certified hundreds of caregivers in our unique counseling/inner healing method called Formational Prayer. In addition to attending a series of seminars and completing  required readings, participants receive one on one support and guidance from a highly trained caregiver.  Find out more. 

THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF FORMATIONAL PRAYER

Similar to our state-side certificate program, through our international school we provide training in Formational Prayer to people outside of the United States who are unable to travel to attend our seminars in person. Find out more. 

THE SPIRITUAL DIRECTION PROGRAM

Spiritual Direction is and ancient practice in the church now rediscovered by many in both Catholicism and Protestant traditions. Simply put, Spiritual direction is the developed practice of helping to discern the movement of God in a persons life and drawing their attention to it. Our Spiritual direction program is recognized by Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association. Find out more. 

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PODCAST

Slingstones is our weekly podcast hosted by our founder Terry Wardle. Each week you will find a new episode with insights for the Christian journey. 

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