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 and learn more about the School of Christian Living please 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


Feb 6 and Feb 7
Our Lady of Florida Retreat Center
This year the Men’s retreat will use the disciple, Peter, to help us talk about our lives. In many ways Peter is a man’s man--fisherman, decisive leader, outspoken alpha male. He fits many of the stereotypes of what it means to be a man, from Jesus’s day to ours. But the one called “The Rock” was also a fragile stone. His fears, betrayals and questions also sound familiar to us in 2020.




“Befriending the Soul”

Women of the church, join us for our retreat on Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13 at Our Lady of Florida Retreat Center in N. Palm Beach, Florida.  We are privileged to have Rev. Dr. Anna V. Copeland, leading the retreat this year, and sharing her passion for equipping people of faith in following the Way of Jesus.  

Questions: Call Elaine Matthes at (772) 469-2309

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Suzanne Rice

Administrative Assistant for Pastoral Care and Missionoffice: (772) 469-2303