Spiritual Formation



How is it with your soul? This question resounds throughout the Wesleyan tradition of spiritual formation. John Wesley once even equated spiritual formation with vitality and productivity in ministry when he said in an address to his earliest societies in Ireland, “…wherever [true religion] is really fixed in the soul, it will be shown by its fruits.” In keeping with this Wesleyan spirit, the recently reorganized Rio Texas Conference Spiritual Academy Council has established the definition for spiritual formation for the Rio Texas Conference to be as follows: “Spiritual Formation is the life-long process of being constantly transformed by God’s love into the image of Christ for the sake of others/the world.”  This page will feature upcoming events being planned by the Academy Council, as well as other spiritual formation events around the Conference, that will offer resources to help leaders of the Rio Texas Conference remain spiritually grounded to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.


Offering Spiritual Formation Opportunities for the
Rio Texas Conference & South Texas Area
Chair: Rev. Donna Strieb

The Academy Council seeks to serve as a resource to support and enhance spiritual formation for both laity and clergy in our Rio Texas Conference and South Texas area through Academy Events.  The Council meets four times a year, and sponsors Five Day Academies, shorter events known as A Taste of the Academy, and partners with the Upper Room in support of Two Year Academies.  All events are ecumenical.

For more information, contact Rev. Donna Strieb at dstrieb@ahumc.org

Donna Strieb, Chair

Nancy Sherman Carter, Vice-Chair

Nancy McDougall, Secretary

Cheri Heldstab, Publicity

Judy Baumann

Taylor Boone

Dave Collett

Sandra Cranford      

Mary Faithfull, Leader 2020 Academy

Paul Harris

David Hensley

Patricia Jentsch

Paula Long

Yolanda Rivera

Fritzi Simon

Carolyn Stapleton

Janet Weatherston 

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