Spiritual Formation

The School of Christian Living is a transformational program grounded in the essential elements necessary to live as “followers of the way” – the way of Christ. The intention of this program is to help all who desire to deepen their experience of the reality of Jesus, and the truths he taught. It is holistic, experiential and based on the reality that when a person encounters the mystery of God in their lives they are transformed and become instruments of God’s transformational power in the world in which they live. Those who participate in this spiritual journey will do so in a community of others who seek to live as authentic and mature Christians.

The School of Christian Living is a year-long experience compromised of 5 elements.  These core elements will be shared in several classes taught at different times throughout the year.

To truly receive the impact of this program it is recommended that a person sign up for all elements and complete them in one year, along with companions that do the same thing. However, it is understood that this may not be possible for everyone.  Therefore, you may sign up for one element at a time until all 5 elements are completed over a few years.

Elaine Matthes, Ministry Associate at The Community Church of Vero Beach, is the coordinator of this program. She will facilitate many of the classes along with other ministerial staff members at The Community Church and special guest speakers.

To learn more about the upcoming classes follow this link.

To register for one or all of the classes please contact Elaine Matthes at 772-469-2309 or   or Suzanne Rice at 772-469-2303 or  .

Annual Retreats


Slaying Giants

Our Gathering This Year Will Use David’s Story From The Old Testament.

  • Challenges that seem oversized
  • Friendships that help us through rough times
  • The complexity of leadership
  • An honest relationship with God

Take time out - Grow your Spiritual Journey - Develop New Friendships ... Hang Out with the Guys! The retreat is led by Doug Wysockey -Johnson, Exec. Director of Luminos, a retreat Ministry designed to help people reflect on their lives, connect with what matters most to them, and discover God’s call for daily life.

Location: Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Center, North Palm Beach, FL

Questions: Call Dave Mrotek at 203-829-4254

Print out the form here to sign up!


Thursday, March 8th – Friday, March 9th
Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Center
North Palm Beach, FL

Register by February 20, 2018

This retreat will be led by Community Church's own Lori Ferrell. She came to CCOVB via Laos where she and her family served in mission for nearly nine years. She is currently studying to become certified as a Spiritual Director and has led many retreats for women over the years. 

Questions: Call Elaine Matthes at 772-469-2309

Print out the form here to sign up!



Elaine Matthes

Ministry Associate for Spiritual Formationoffice: (772) 469-2309

Suzanne Rice

Administrative Assistant for Pastoral Care, Education, Adult Ministries, and Musicoffice: (772) 469-2303