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Blue Christmas

December 11, 2022 // 5:30pm

For many of us, grief and loss color the Christmas season in ways that can make it quite difficult. Whether it’s the loss of a job, a relationship, a special person in your life, this service will provide space to pray and lament in ways that connect us to God’s heart. The weeks leading up to Christmas are traditionally called Advent, and focus on finding hope and learning to wait. Rather than denying pain or acting like everything is ok, we will come together trusting that He is with us.

Location: Valley View Bible Church, 4222 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Cost: free

Please register to let us know you’re coming.


Release, Receive & Rest: Leadership Lesson from the Sermon on the Mount

January 17, 2023 // 10am 

In partnership with Venture1:9

As a leader, you sometimes carry anger over disappointments, anxiety over the future, and shame over feeling like you don’t measure up. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus invites you to consider something different – HIS way of leadership that allows you to release, receive, and rest. It’s time for a fresh start in 2023! Join Dr. Ted Wueste from The Spiritual Formation Society of Arizona and you’ll…

  • Learn the non-reactive leadership way of Jesus
  • Identify personal reaction patterns that can hinder influence
  • Discover how to replace re-activeness with patience, love and care
  • Begin to lead in peace and joy, rather than stress, anxiety and control – and more!

Location: ONLINE

Cost: free



Be/Still is our monthly contemplative prayer gathering. Our goal is for it to be a shared time in quiet and listening. So, as you enter the time, you will be invited to quiet your heart and be present to God’s presence with you. We will have a short reading/quiet meditation on Scripture followed by a 20 minute time of Centering Prayer. At the end, we will leave the space quietly and bless one another as we go. There are times for a more talkative connection with one another and our heart for Be/Still is to protect this space from talking and chatting so that we can be present to God with one another. The time of our gathering will be approximately 45 minutes.

Location: Canaan in the Desert – 9849 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85028 in the chapel

Time: 6:30pm

Cost: No cost

Be Still will resume in 2023.

2023 SFSAZ Conference – February 2 & 3

Formational Leadership: Discernment, Vulnerability and Courage

This conference will explore the ways that following Jesus shapes our leadership. Whether in the marketplace, the church, a non-profit, or the home, Jesus invites us into a way of leadership that offers the opportunity for transformation in us first and then those we are leading. Because we can never take people where we haven’t gone, it begins with us being formed in grace. We are pleased to have Chuck DeGroat join us for this special event. There will be Main Sessions with Chuck DeGroat and process groups with trained spiritual directors through the course of the two days together. 

For more information about the conference go to the Conference Website

February 2 – 6:30p-9p

February 3 –  9a-4p

Location: Valley View Bible Church – 4222 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253


Early Registration: September 1, 2022 to November 14, 2022 – $99*

Regular Registration: November 15, 2022 to January 10, 2023 – $109*

Late Registration: January 11, 2023 to January 31, 2023 – $119*

*membership discounts can be applied

Cost includes any materials, snacks, coffee and lunch on Friday.
Includes livestream of sessions, materials and processing groups with trained spiritual directors.
More information & Registration

Enneagram Coach Training Certificate

Enneagram training is no longer taking applications for this session but will hold any new application for a future offering.

Companioning Others With the Enneagram

This training program is designed for spiritual directors, pastors, and ministry leaders desiring to utilize the Enneagram within their ministry context through a virtues-based approach. This 15-hour training, conducted online via Zoom, includes five large group sessions, two small group coaching sessions, and a one-on-one coaching session with an instructor. Participants must offer consultations with at least two clients, under the supervision of their instructor, in order to receive a certificate of completion in this program.

Enneagram training is no longer taking applications for this session but will hold any new application for a future offering.

Location: ONLINE

Cost: No cost

Limited to 16 participants

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Refund Policy

In-person events: 30 days or more prior to event: 100%, 14-29 days before event: 90%, 7-13 days before event: 60%, 1-6 days before event: 30%

No refunds available after an event.

Other Offerings


Renew: individual private retreats designed by our SFSAZ team to fit who you are and where you are in your life with God. Retreats include accommodations and meals at a retreat center as well as time with a Spiritual Director and Pastoral Counselor to help process all that you are experiencing as you spend time with God. Retreats can be anywhere from 2-5 days. Let us know and we can consult with you in designing a retreat. Great for times of discernment, transition, and/or simply needing the space to reflect and be renewed in your life with God and the ministry to which He has called you.

Please fill out this form to initiate the process

FORMATIO: the art of caring for souls

A two-year cohort journey in learning the art of soul care. Based around six retreats, participants will learn to more fully care for their own soul as well as coaching others in the ways and rhythms of Jesus. The art of caring for souls is companioning someone in their journey of experiencing God in awakening to the love of God, growing awareness of self and God, increasing attentiveness to His presence and voice, and abiding in/with God. This invites a lifestyle of intentional practices and rhythms that form us in the image of Christ. Some of those practices include: silence and solitude, prayer and listening, and discernment and detachment in the context of Scripture and community.   Click here for more program information.