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“Spiritual Formation in the Church” is a conference designed for ministry leaders and pastors who desire to learn how genuine spiritual formation can take place in our churches.  Knowing that we can never take people to places we’ve never been, this conference will challenge leaders in their own formation as they consider how formation can occur in children’s ministry, student ministry, and adult ministry. What does it mean to have worship that is spiritually forming? How do we encourage people to meet in small groups that nurture the soul? How do we preach and teach in such a way that people are formed holistically rather than simply giving more information? What is the role of Spiritual Direction in the church?

We’ll examine how the church can embrace the call to spiritual formation as a way to lead rather than spiritual formation simply being a part of what happens at church.

  • Plenary Speakers: Tom Ashbrook, Steve Macchia, and Ted Wueste (bios here)
  • Worship with Justin Unger (learn more about Justin here)
  • Workshops: Preaching and SF, Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Community, Curriculum, Spiritual Direction, and much more (see full list of workshops, presenters bios, etc here)
  • Location: Phoenix AZ (Bethany Bible Church, 6060 N. 7th Ave, 85013) map
  • Cost: $199

  • Includes all materials, dessert on Thurs PM, snacks, and lunch Fri and Sat
  • An exhibition area highlighting various ministries as well as an IVP book table will also be available.
    • Groups of 3 or more: 10% discount (discount at registration)
    • Groups of 7 or more: 15% discount (discount at registration)
    • Current Society Members: email us at connect@sfsaz.org for discount code



Thurs Feb 22         Conference begins

5:00pm – Registration

6:30pm – Session #1 (plenary speaker, worship)

8:00 – Ministry Exhibition and Dessert


Fri Feb 23 

9:00am – Session #2 (plenary speaker, worship)

10:20am – Workshops

12:00pm – Lunch

1:15pm – Session #3

2:00pm – Workshops

3:30pm – Dismiss to Exhibition Area and Optional activities

Ministry Exhibition/Optional Activities

Evening (Open for Ministry connections/informal dinners)

Sat Feb 24

9:00am – Session #4 (plenary speaker, worship)

10:20am – Workshops

12:00 Lunch

1:15pm – Workshops

3:00pm – Final Session/Wrap Up

3:45pm- Conference Ends


Area Hotels

We don’t currently have arrangements with any of these hotels but each hotel is within a convenient radius of the Conference site (Bethany Bible Church, 6060 N. 7th Ave)

  1. Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort – http://www.squawpeakhilton.com/
  2. Courtyard Phoenix Camelback – http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phxcc-courtyard-phoenix-camelback/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2
  3. Sheraton Crescent Hotel – http://www.sheratoncrescent.com/?SWAQ=958P
  4. Courtyard Phoenix North – http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phxmc-courtyard-phoenix-north/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2
  5. Spring Hill Suites – http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phxss-springhill-suites-phoenix-north/
  6. Hyatt Place Phoenix North – https://phoenixnorth.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html