Spiritual Formation

Iowa 3-Day Academy

A Three-Day Academy will be held at Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Center, Indianola, Iowa, from the afternoon of Monday, September 24 until the afternoon of Thursday, September 27, 2018. Dr. Frank Rogers will be our presenter and Karlene Neal is retreat leader. Others on the leadership team are Gayle Wilcox, Rose Blank, and Jerry Oakland. 


Click here to download PDF information and a paper registration form for the 3-Day Academy

"Spiritual Formation and the Psalms" – a 4-Hour Retreat


Would you or someone in your congregation host a 4-hour spiritual retreat? A 4-hour retreat entitled "Spiritual Formation and the Psalms" has been prepared by the Spiritual Formation Steering Committee of the IAC Board of Discipleship. The retreat has been offered several times with 15-25 in attendance at each.

The retreat is designed to give a sampling of an Upper Room Academy for Spiritual Formation. It opens and closes with worship. There are two brief presentations, silence for reflection, and group sharing. Host churches provide a snack or a light lunch during the break.

Consider offering this for the church’s leadership team, for the adult Sunday school classes, or for a cluster of UM or interdenominational churches in the community or area.

For more information click here, or contact committee chair Jerry Oakland at 712-730-0049 or jerry.e.oakland@gmail.com.


Two-Year Academies


First of eight quarterly sessions begins July 29, 2018

San Damiano Retreat, Danville, California


First of eight quarterly sessions begins August 27, 2018

Sumatanga Camp & Conference Center, Gallant, Alabama

Go to http://academy.upperroom.org/events/two-year-academies for additional information and application.

Scholarships available from various sources, including the Iowa Spiritual Formation Steering Committee of the Board of Discipleship (contact Rev. Jerry Oakland) – matched by the Upper Room