Formation

Welcome to Asbury Theological Seminary and your continuing journey into formation through the life of discipleship!

As we focus on discipleship this year, we seek to live transformed lives. From the time you begin your journey with us, Asbury Seminary is committed to equipping you with more than a degreeWe not only provide you with the academic training and skills you need, we intentionally incorporate discipleship practices into your academic and formational experiences that will last you a lifetime. We will look at the cost of discipleship and discipleship within community. You’ll have the opportunity to join a D.N.A. discipleship group, as well as engage in other occasions for worship and fellowship. We will learn how to have discipled bodies, minds and spirits, so that we can bear the fruit of the spirit in our lives.

Formation takes a lifetime, but in your season at Asbury Seminary, our desire is to journey with you in a process of deep, abiding formation. We pray that each of us becomes more like Jesus as we journey together.

Community Conversation on Race

We are grieving the unjust loss of life in recent days. We have witnessed the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and other who have gone before. These senseless deaths show the racism that continues to plague our nation. As we process these events together, we are hosting a series of community conversations to help us listen and learn as people of the Kingdom.

Rev. Donna Covington hosts a conversation with guests, including members of the Board of Trustees, faculty, and Dr. Timothy C. Tennent. Please join us as we listen, learn and work toward change together.

Life of Discipleship Guide

At Asbury Seminary we recognize that God has given us spiritual disciplines as a means of practicing the life of discipleship. These practices allow us to place ourselves before God so the Holy Spirit can do his transforming work. We also recognize that this transformation is a journey and so we invite our whole community to journey together.

The Life of Discipleship Guide invites us to journey through what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ as we count the cost of discipleship, follow Him and bear the fruits of the spirit. Throughout the journey, Asbury Seminary faculty and staff help us navigate the path and utilize tools such as downloadable study guides and practical ways to engage spiritual disciplines in daily life. Our desire is for us to be transformed inwardly by the Holy Spirit for a lifetime of service outwardly throughout the world.

DNA Groups

DNA stands for Discipleship, Networking and Accountability. These are groups of 3-5 people that meet together, pray together and read together to become the love of God for one another and the world. This is a way to join together in a networking community that leads us into disciple, where we care for each other and holds each other accountable. New groups are always forming; it’s never too late to join others on the journey.

Pastoral Care

We want you to know, no matter where you are, you are not alone in your journey at Asbury Seminary. At Asbury, we believe that ministry leaders, like yourself, sometimes need a pastor while you journey through seminary.  We recognize life and ministry can be particularly tough at times so it can be life giving to meet with a loving pastor who will listen and pray with you.  In our continuing commitment to journey with each other through our spiritual formation, ATS Formation offers pastoral care to our entire student body. The Office of Community Formation offers pastoral care for our residential students. In Wilmore you can make a pastoral care appointment at community.formation@asburyseminary.edu.

All other students can contact Online Pastoral Care at pastoralcare@asburyseminary.edu (1-833-PASTOR4) for prayer support and general pastoral care needs.

Community Formation

The Office of Community Formation offers a variety of community events to help you thrive as you grow in relationship with God and with others. Through men’s and women’s events, marriage enrichment opportunities, children and youth activities, the community garden, and spiritual care offerings, you’re invited into an experience that fosters intentional spiritual growth within community. We look forward to welcoming you as you enter into this time of spiritual formation and academic study at Asbury Theological Seminary.

Chapel

We desire for our worship to be an encounter with the living God through the risen Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. Worship is the heartbeat of our Asbury Seminary community. We gather together as one body across our various Asbury communities 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.

Wilmore campus Chapel services are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 11am in Estes Chapel. Daily Eucharist services are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at noon in Richard Allen Chapel.  Orlando campus Chapel services are Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 am when hybrid classes are in session.

Not on campus? You can still experience Asbury Seminary’s chapel services through our online live streaming.  Previous chapel services online here or on iTunes.

Meet the Team

The Office of Formation at Asbury Seminary is led by Vice President Rev. Donna Covington and consists of the Asbury Seminary Chapel office on both the Kentucky and Florida Dunnam campuses, Community Formation (Kentucky Campus) and Online Pastoral Care (non-residential students). Our desire in Formation is that each one of us formed inwardly by the Holy Spirit for a life of service outwardly throughout the world.