The best way to master a skill is to find someone who’s already mastered it and ask if you can spend time with them. Jesus is the uncontested master of Knowing God and Loving Others. Apprentice is an 8-month process of spending time with Jesus and other committed apprentices as we discover who God is, the life he’s called us to live, and what this looks like practically.

Imagine a life free from anger, lust, lying, retaliation, vanity, greed, worry, and condemnation—a life empowered to love, forgive, care, and seek justice. It’s the life Jesus invited his followers to live. But how do we get there? This is the question Apprentice explores.

Drawing on what Jesus revealed about God, Apprentice examines our false ideas about God. As our understanding of God is strengthened and healed through spiritual practices, we more naturally live the life Jesus described in his Sermon on the Mount.

Learning to live this life is simple, but not easy. In order for this group to have the greatest impact, you will need to make a great commitment:

  • Set aside time each week for reading the assigned chapter.
  • Complete a soul-training exercise for the week.
  • Miss no more than five sessions.
  • Participate in the launch, celebration and a spiritual retreat.

This is not a study for the spiritual elite—it is for anyone who wants to follow Jesus more closely and grow in living the life he promised. This process utilizes The Apprentice Series of books from James Bryant Smith: The Good and Beautiful God, The Good and Beautiful Life, and The Good and Beautiful Community. Apprentice is a small-group experience, so groups will be limited to ten members. Click here to see an overview of Apprentice.

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How do I participate in Apprentice?

Apprentice Groups launch in September each year. If you are interested or have any questions, please email Susan Broerman.