Formation Initiatives

Retreats, Mentoring and More

"One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life" - Psalm 27:4

Formation Initiatives are developed to encourage growth in Christlikeness through the practice of spiritual disciplines. These voluntary programs are designed for a variety of groups on campus: students, staff, faculty, grad students, administration, and adult learners.

In his well-known book, Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster says that "God has ordained the disciplines of the spiritual life as the means by which we are placed where He can bless us." The disciplines that students engage in during college will most likely follow them into their adult lives, and will help them grow in faith and discipleship.

Some examples of Formation Initiatives are:

  • Walker Prayer Chapel - Open 24 hours a day for students to meet with God
  • The Office of Christian Formation Resource Room (located in Walker Student Center, Room 124). Any JBU community member may come and use the variety of spiritual formation resources. Coffee and tea are waiting! Open during business hours.
  • Silent Retreats
  • Men's and Women's Retreats each spring
  • Spiritual mentoring
  • Campus-wide reading/discussion of selected works on Christian Formation
  • Forums and Q&A with visiting Christian Formation experts
  • Seminars (by request):
    • Prayer
    • Journaling
    • Christian Meditation
    • Silence and Solitude

For more information, contact

Tracy Balzer
Director of Christian Formation
Phone: 479.524.7461