acu_gradDear friends,

We hope you are as excited as we are for the 2018 National Conference on Youth Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia! We want to make you aware of a special class being held at the conference this year.

ACU’s Graduate School of Theology is excited to announce that we will be offering a graduate level Christian Spiritual Formation class at the 2018 NCYM. Thecourse will be taught by Dr. Houston Heflin, associate professor of ministry at ACU. Dr. Heflin specializes in spiritual formation, consulting with churches, and coaching ministry leaders. The course will include theological reflection, worship, and the practice of spiritual disciplines.

The 3 credit-hour hybrid course will be offered in the mornings during the NCYM, totalling 12 hours of face- to-face lecture with a few outside assignments pre- and post- class. We understand the value the conference brings to its participants and want you to be able to attend the conference and spend time with friends in the afternoons and evenings.

The total cost of the course is $3444. However, students who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program may apply for a special one time 50% scholarship to help cover the cost of the class. Current ACU students are also encouraged to enroll and can register through their ACU advisor as ACU pricing & scholarships will apply. We also are offering a course audit option for only $35 (special permission is required). All non-ACU students can apply for special student status and the scholarship by contacting Emily Childers at Registration for this course will open on October 23 and close on December 1.

According to Randy Harris, Spiritual Director and Instructorfor the College of Biblical Studies, “‘Spiritual Formation’ have become buzzwords, one more fad, but Houston has been thinking for years about what practices form people into lifelong learners in the school of Jesus–what could matter more than that?”

Whether you’ve been a minister for decades, are just now considering starting in ministry, or are in need of spiritual renewal…you are welcome to join us. We invite you to grab a friend to join you on this journey toward spiritual formation.

For more information or to receive the course syllabus, please contact Emily Childers at or (325) 674-3735.

See you in Atlanta!