A Spiritual Formation Ministry | Onsite & Online

Increasing Excellence and Deepening Awareness of God in a Changing World


Upcoming Courses with Ashland Theological Seminary


Ashland Theological Seminary

SPF 5541: Spiritual Formation I: Spiritual Disciplines

Online Course

Eight Week Online Course: January 8, 2018 – March 3, 2018

This course introduces students to the nature and processes of spiritual formation, drawing upon the ancient monastic traditions and weaving these practices into 21st century contemporary culture. It explores spiritual growth as directed by the Holy Spirit through classical disciplines, both personal and communal, of the Christian tradition.

Students will explore European, African-American, Feminist, worship styles along with ancient Ignatius and Benedictine prayers disciplines and discover A Rule of Life for daily living for personal and ministry life.

To register CLICK HERE for the Ashland Seminary website.



Ashland Theological Seminary

SPF 5542: Spiritual Formation II: Prayer

On-Site Course in Columbus, OH, Ashland Columbus Center

Weekends January 26-27, February 23-24, March 23-24
Friday Evenings, 6-9 PM; Saturdays 8 AM -4 PM

This course introduces students to the varieties of prayer in the Christian tradition. It focuses on the role of prayer in the formation of believers in the image of Christ for the sake of the church and the world. Students will practice a variety of individual and corporate prayer forms for personal and ministry formation.

Students will explore ancient and contemporary prayer practices and discern how these prayer techniques enhance leadership and contextual ministry.

To register CLICK HERE for the Ashland Seminary website.

This course is Onsite in Columbus, Ohio


Center Quest Lifelong Learning Community

Centerquest School of Spiritual Direction

Join an online Ecumenical International learning community for spiritual direction training.
Applications for the 2018-2019 SSD cycle still going on!  Click here to apply.

Contemplative Prayer 1: A Way of Seeing

February 12, 2018 – March 10, 2018

Contemplative Prayer 2: A Way of Listening

March 26, 2018 – April 21, 2018


Upcoming Course with Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary


Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary


Desert Spirituality II – Going Deeper

The Seeker and The Saint

Six-Week Online Course  |  April 9, 2018 – May 18, 2018

During this six-week class you will have the opportunity to “get to know” some of these ancient sages of Christian wisdom; hear their stories of God’s miraculous presence in life and contemplate their wisdom sayings.  Each week you will experience a prayer practice from St. Benedict’s tradition of Desert Wisdom.

(more information available on the Upcoming Opportunities page)


Living Streams Flowing Water is providing instruction for this event in partnership with Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.


Water Heart

Faith Forming Conversations
Spiritual Direction and Leadership Coaching

Professional Leadership is only as strong as personal core leadership.

Increase excellence and expand awareness of God in our ever-changing world and personal relationships through coaching and spiritual direction. Brenda provides spiritual direction and coaching through video conferencing, on the phone and in person. Don’t let geography inhibit your next steps into the dance of God’s unfolding possibilities.

Please use the contact form to schedule your first free conversation.




Water Heart


It is time to begin considering the church budget for 2018. Could this be the year God is inviting you, your leadership team, a women’s group to take time apart from the busyness of daily work and family life to plan a prayer/ spiritual retreat? How will you Stop, Look and Listen for the God’s invitation through the coming months?

To explore retreat possibilities for teenagers, children and adults, send Brenda a message through the website contact form.


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Center Quest Lifelong Learning Community

Centerquest School of Spiritual Direction

Habits of the Heart

May 7, 2018 – June 4, 2018

UMC Certified Lay Ministry Training

The Art of Mediation

March 17, 2018


The Advent of God's Word

Order your copies now for Advent 2017


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Finding a New Pace for Life


Traveling at “Warp Speed” individual life and communities are overloaded, bursting with expectation of performance. Downsizing, restructuring, seeking greater return and productivity; has left folks working multiple roles at the work site and on the home front. Parents, grandparents, and care givers balance career, family and bills which create a condition I read about in a John Ortberg book that has stuck with me. That condition named as “hurried sickness”. With everything marked “urgent,” “necessary,” “imperative,” “priority,” literally this fast pace of life is choking the human spirit. [Read More]

The Heart of the Matter

Water Heart

Ican picture the scene within my mind’s eye. “The 12”, disciples that is, gathered around for casual conversation with Jesus. So at least it looked to the unsuspecting eye, that this was an unplanned casual conversation. But I wonder: Did “The 12” have a plan? Had they already decided after following Jesus so closely over the past years, what they truly desired to ask of Jesus? Or was it a spur of the moment idea inspired by the Holy Spirit? Either way the request was powerful. [read more]

Excellence through Spiritual Formation


Since we are created in the image of God with a God shaped emptiness within us that only God can fill (Blaisé Pascal) and affirming that a communicative relationship with God through prayer shapes our hearts divinely into the virtues and characteristics of God; then how does quenching the thirsting of our soul increase excellence for personal and professional leadership? [read more]

Just A Heart Click Away | Unleashing Possibility