Grace Ministries International offers advanced discipleship training called The Encounter. This is an in-depth classroom and experiential training program designed to take the learner deeper into their own spiritual journey and equip the disciple to become the discipler. The purpose of The Encounter is to provide the opportunity to encounter Christ in community with other believers, as well as equip them to effectively communicate the truth of the indwelling, empowering presence of Christ as Life. The students will participate in community with fellow students, as well as have opportunities to meet with a personal mentor.

The training is conducted by Grace Ministries International staff and other gifted speakers by way of DVD. The students will be required to complete outside reading and other homework assignments in addition to class attendance. Required Reading and Listening List. Upon completion of the requirements, students are awarded a certificate authorized by Network 220 and Grace Ministries International. Completion of The Encounter does not qualify one as a Licensed Professional Counselor.


  • Weekly Encounter – meets Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm beginning late January through October.
  • Monthly Encounter – meets one “weekend” per month (Thursday and Friday from 6:30-9:30pm and Saturday from 9:00-5:00) from August to June.
  • Summer Daily Encounter – meets Monday – Friday from 9:00-5:00 for 6-7 weeks during the summer.

Sample of Curriculum Topics

  • Study of Romans 5-8
  • Identity in Christ, Concept of God, Centrality of the Cross
  • Law and Grace, Brokenness to Entrusting
  • Forgiveness, Growing Free, Co-dependency, Guilt and Shame
  • Marriage and Healthy Sexuality
  • Listening, Intimacy with God

Program Requirements

  • Attend and participate in class
  • Complete all Required Reading and Listening
  • Complete take-home final exam
  • Complete journal assignments
  • Write a final paper on your personal encounter with Christ

Eligibility Criteria

  • Submit an Encounter Application form with application fee
  • Submit 3 Letters of Reference, including one from your pastor
  • Attend the By Divine Design Conference prior to The Encounter
  • Complete the Taylor Johnson Temperament Analysis prior to The Encounter
  • Personal Interview with the Director of Training
  • Summer Daily Encounter Students Prerequisite:


  • $35 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • $1,495 Tuition Fee ($1,300 if paid in advance)
  • Approximately $150 book fees

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Upcoming Encounters

2018 Monthly Encounter
Application Deadline: July 15, 2018
Kickoff Weekend: Aug 16-18, 2018
Meets one “weekend” per month (Thurs. & Fri. from 6:30-9:30 and Sat. from 9:00-5:00) August 2018 – June 2019

2019 Weekly Encounter
Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 2018
Kickoff Weekend: TBD
Meets weekly on Tuesdays (from 6:30 – 9:30pm), Dates TBD

2019 Summer Daily Encounter
Application Deadline: April 15, 2019
Meets daily (Mon. – Fri. from 9:00-5:00) Dates TBD


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