From the time you start your journey with us, Asbury Seminary is committed to equipping you with more than a degree. We not only provide you with the academic training and skills you need, but we also intentionally incorporate the means of grace–prayer, scripture reading, fasting, healthy living, worship, communion, D.N.A. Groups and acts of service–into every classroom experiences as well as additional training throughout your time with us. These practices will become habits that you will use both now and throughout your life’s journey.
We believe that ministry leaders, like yourself, sometimes need a pastor while you journey through seminary. Our Asbury Seminary Global Formation team is also available to you for prayer support and encouragement. We offer virtual pastoral care during both daytime and evening hours.
Worship is all about community, whether in person, online or at one of our Sites, and is the heartbeat of the Asbury Seminary community. We gather as one no matter our location to worship one Lord in one spirit and in truth. A variety of preachers, teachers, and leaders from around the world add to the richness of our worship experiences. Services are held during each class at one of our Sites, and Tues.-Thursday at 11 a.m. ET on our KY campus. You can worship live, via our facebook chapel page or visit our chapel archives.
Join a discipleship networking community of 3-5 people where we care for each other and hold each other accountable. We pray together, read together and become the love of God for each other and the world. New groups are always forming; it’s never too late to join others on the journey. Take a look at some of these videos to see others who are involved in D.N.A. Groups.
Because theological education, spiritual formation and Christian discipleship are inseparable, we are committed to equipping you with more than a degree.
Each year we explore a particular theme, such as the spirit-filled life, the grace-filled life, the life of discipleship and the life of servanthood. These themes are part of our formation journey at the Seminary and integrate what it means to follow Jesus, laying a spirit-filled, grace-filled foundation for discipleship and serving others.
This year, we’re talking about finding our identity as a servant of Christ as we’re preparing to go serve the body of Christ. We begin to take on more of the identity of Christ as the servant. Whom do we serve? Not just the least and the lost, but our families, our spouses. We can serve others because we are inwardly shaped to be servants. We are preparing ourselves to serve in humility through the outward action of a servant.
Jesus, how did he serve? We know that it all comes back to love. Jesus loved his disciples; he loves us. We see his humility in Philippians 2. He served out of love and that’s what this theme means to us this year. We want to understand Jesus as servant and, therefore, our calling to serve others and Christ like he did.
Worship is all about community, whether in person or online, and is the heartbeat of the Asbury Seminary community. We gather as one no matter our location to worship one Lord in one spirit. A variety of preachers, teachers, and leaders from around the world add to the richness of our worship experiences.
DNA stands for Discipleship, Networking and Accountability. Join a discipleship networking community of 3-5 people where we care for each other and hold each other accountable. We pray together, read together and become the love of God for each other and the world. New groups are always forming; it’s never too late to join others on the journey. Take a look at some of these videos to see others who are involved in D.N.A. Groups.
Asbury Theological Seminary recognizes that all students, residential and non-residential, begin a unique formative journey when they enroll in graduate and post-graduate studies. We also recognize that being a part of a community makes every journey better. Joining a D.N.A. Group will give you the opportunity to connect with other students who are on the same journey as you on a spiritual level for encouragement, accountability and community.
The Online Pastoral Care coordinator is available to online and nonresidential students as needed and serves in a variety of capacities including referrals to appropriate resources for counseling when requested, pastoral care and prayer, support and care during emergencies or intense situations, support for D.N.A. Groups, and coaching for D.N.A. Group Leaders. Communication will be via online interactions including email, social media (online groups), Zoom or other meeting protocol. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to speak to the Online Pastoral Care coordinator. D.N.A. Groups.
Welcome to Asbury Theological Seminary and your continuing journey into spiritual formation! We’re excited to walk this journey with you, both as a student and after you graduate.
Welcome to Asbury for Life!
Tracey Farrell graduated with her M.Div. from Asbury Seminary in 1997 and with her Masters in Counseling in 1998. Tracey has served alongside her husband in the local church for twenty five years. Together they have served four churches.
Rev. J. Matthew Barnes, Ph.D serves as the Vice President of Formation at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is a pastor and biblical scholar with experience in the local church, Christian higher education, and the urban mission field. With a passion for leading change and heart for missional engagement, he brings experience and expertise in leadership development, community development, and spiritual formation.
Lauren grew up in North Carolina before moving to Florida to pursue Biblical education. She received her BA in Communication at North Carolina State University and completed a certificate in Biblical Studies through Emmaus Ministries in Orlando, FL. Between her time in wedding venue rentals, senior care, camping ministry, and student ministry, Lauren has served people from a wide range of backgrounds. Additionally, Lauren is currently a student in the Mental Health Counseling program at Asbury Theological Seminary.
Lauren is a student in the Mental Health Counseling Program at Asbury Theological Seminary. She grew up overseas, but calls South Carolina home now, having lived there for over 15 years. Lauren graduated from Southern Wesleyan University with a degree in Biology and took several years off of school to work and hike the Appalachian Trail, which was a long-time dream. Lauren loves connecting people to be in a deeper community with one another and is excited to be a part of the Formation team as the DNA Coach to help facilitate those connections.
Greg’s professional background includes experience as a school-based behavior consultant, a mental health care administrator, and a church minister. He has served in various pastoral and lay ministry capacities in the local church. This includes twenty-three years of music ministry experience as a vocalist, pianist, and organist. This also includes several years of pastoral experience, working primarily with youth and young adults at West Memphis First Assembly of God. Greg moved to Wilmore in the Fall of 2021. Prior to transitioning to Asbury Global Formation, he worked in the Chapel Office for a year as the Music Intern.
Greg is a graduate of Asbury’s doctor of ministry degree. His dissertation explored the effects of participating in group spiritual direction on participants’ attachment to God and attachment to their faith community. These are areas that he plans to explore in his role at Asbury Global Formation.
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