Means of Grace | Day Apart for Spiritual Formation is a two-year program which offers a day apart every quarter where the participants will learn about John Wesley’s means of grace and their potential for spiritual transformation. The leadership team for this program has heard the call to co-labor with God and the local church in making of disciples for the transformation of the world. The first day apart will be an Introduction to the Means of Grace, the next six days apart will cover each of the six means of grace, and the final day apart of the two-year program will be Celebrating the Means of Grace. Our hope is that each participant will not only learn about each of the means of grace or spiritual disciplines but will also experience them and will be able to implement them in their daily lives. Each day apart will be held at Blue Lake begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. and will offer time for worship, learning, silence, fellowship, sharing a meal, and a chance to actually experience what is being taught. The schedule for each day apart is:
- Celebrating the Means of Grace (September 14, 2019)
The cost for each day apart is $40.00. Ten private rooms have been reserved for each day apart. Should you desire to spend the night there will be an additional cost of $63.00, which includes supper. Breakfast the following morning is not included as check-out is at 9:00 a.m.
We are delighted to have Rev. Dr. Cory Smith with us for the September 14 session. Cory is married to Alicia and they have a 15 year old daughter, Sarah. Cory is his fourth year of ministry as Senior Pastor at Auburn United Methodist Church. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta. Cory served as Associate Pastor at Epworth UMC in Phenix City from 1995 to 1997; Pastor at Woodland UMC in Pike Road from 1997 to 2011; District Superintendent, Baypines District from 2011 to 2015; and Director of Connectional Ministries before moving to Auburn UMC in 2016.
Cory and family love to travel and discover the diversity of God’s world. They have traveled to Africa, the Middle East, and throughout Europe. One his favorite places of retreat is the Island of Iona, the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland. Cory has enjoyed helping Auburn UMC in their partnership of building a United Methodist Church in Patria, Cuba, one of the first churches built since 1960 in Cuba. Most recently he has felt enriched by participating in the Two Year Academy of Spiritual Formation sponsored by the Upper Room.