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In Soul-Tending Course, Find Spirituality in Your Ministry

by Lifelong Learning Staff

Anne Apple

“We don’t visit tired inmates in jail, serve the Lord’s meal with the homeless, or extend our hands in prayer until first the gifted grace of Divine mercy moves within us,” says Anne Apple, interim associate pastor for congregational life at Idlewild Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN. “Any of our actions in ministry – service, fellowship, prayer – are first inspired by God.”

Learn ways to enrich your inward and outword journey, during the course, “Soul Tending:  Finding Spirituality in Your Ministry,” taught by Anne and Jim Apple, August 26-27 on the Columbia Seminary campus.

This event, especially for those working toward the Youth Ministry Leadership Certificate, is open to anyone who is interested.

“The psalmists cried, lamented, sang and praised. Jesus went away to pray. The disciples cast out demons, anointed with oil, cured and shook off dust,” says CTS Lifelong Learning Director Sarah Erickson, who will facilitate this course. “In this event, we will get a little funky with spiritual formation, using sticks and stones, water and rope, paper and pencil, and the Bible.

“We will work on disciplines and practices for tending the whole of your ministry, remembering who you are and paying attention to how God is forming your inward and outward journey.”

In advance, participants should read Soul Shaper by Tony Jones and Spiritual Disciplines Handbook:  Practices that Transform Us by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun. 

Participants should also bring their Bibles to this course.

Besides working with young adult programs and evangelism, Anne Apple preaches, coordinates Idlewild’s ChristCare ministry, teaches Sunday school, and helps lead confirmation classes. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Memphis Theological Seminary.

A  graduate of Rhodes College and Columbia Theological Seminary, Apple has completed doctoral course work in instructional design.

For course details or to register online, click here.