Ancient Practices, Modern Community, and an Eternal Story…

What is our purpose in life? To know the Father, to be transformed by the Spirit into the image of Christ, and to dwell in God’s Kingdom, glorifying Him in all that we do.

But how do we actually go about knowing God? Being transformed spiritually? Living in the Kingdom?

On January 26, 2018, Front Range Christian School will host a symposium on the topic of Christian Spiritual Formation, led by Mike Clifford of Capacity Ministries and Carissa Reynolds of the Apprentice Institute. During the day, junior and senior high students of Front Range Christian School will spend time in community examining the narratives they tell about God and themselves and engaging in spiritual practices designed to help them become more like Jesus. Then, in the evening, adults (and students from other schools) will gather to learn about this approach from Mike and Carissa, and leave equipped to apply principles of spiritual growth in their own lives, as well as in their families and churches.

Register for Evening Event

Our desire is that this event will bless the families of FRCS, as well as our guests from local churches and other schools. We would love to see you there!

Mike Clifford

Mike Clifford

Mike is Director of Capacity Ministries, which specializes in fostering cultures of discipleship in schools and churches. Mike has a BS in Zoo Science and an MS in Organization Development from Friends University. Prior to founding Capacity, he worked for five years with the Apprentice Institute, where he was mentored by James Bryan Smith, author of the Good and Beautiful series. He also has worked as a zookeeper at AZA-accredited institutions, as a game capture specialist in South Africa, and is currently a curator for an architecture studio that serves zoos and aquariums around the world.

Carissa Reynolds

Carissa Reynolds

Carissa Reynolds is the Recruiting Coordinator for the Apprentice Institute. She graduated from Friends University with a BS in Psychology & Human Services and Christian Spiritual Formation. She is currently pursuing her MA in Christian Spiritual Formation and Leadership at Friends University. Carissa is passionate about helping individuals learn about and experience life in the Kingdom of God, teaching others how to tell their story and journey towards Christlikeness, and connecting and unifying people groups from different cultures and countries.

Daytime Event (for FRCS students)

Please note: the Symposium will last from 8:35am until 3pm. It is a late start for junior/senior high.

Session 1: Narrative

  • Session with Mike Clifford and Carissa Reynolds
  • Discussion in student discipleship groups

Session 2: Community

  • Session with Mike and Carissa
  • Practicing community over lunch

Session 3: Practices

  • Session with Mike and Carissa
  • Discussion in student discipleship groups

Session 4: Spiritual Growth at FRCS

  • Discussion with Mike Clifford, Carissa Reynolds, Sam Butler, and Kevin Taylor

Evening Event (for FRCS parents and guests from local churches)

Mike and Carissa will explore the key elements of Christian spiritual formation (narrative, community, and practices) and equip parents and members of local to churches to participate with the Holy Spirit in bringing about spiritual transformation in their churches, homes, and schools.

6:30-8:30pm in Front Range Christian School’s performing arts center (PAC). This is a free event; an offering will be collected to support the VCI. Registration is optional but appreciated.