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. If you live beyond the Atlanta area, remote attendance is an option.

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. Completion of The Encounter does not qualify one as a Licensed Professional Counselor, however, it is the first step to becoming a Network 220 certified Pastoral Counselor.


  • Weekly Encounter – meets Tuesday evenings from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM September-May. Kickoff weekend is Thurs. & Fri. from 6:00-9:00 pm and Sat. from 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Sample of Curriculum Topics

  • Study of Romans Chapters 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


Application Steps

Grace Ministries International
131 Village Parkway NE #4
Marietta, GA 30067
ATTN: Director of Education

  • Distribute The Encounter Reference Form to your pastor, and two other people who can provide a character recommendation, and ask them to submit it directly to Grace Ministries International via mail, fax, or email.

 After receiving your application and fee we will

  1. Email you a link to complete the online Taylor Johnson Temperament Analysis Profile (TJ)
  2. Schedule an interview with the Director of Education
  3. Prayerfully determine your acceptance into The Encounter program
  4. Inform you of our decision within 2 weeks


  • $35 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • $1,100 Tuition Fee ($1,000 if paid in advance)
  • Approximately $140 book fees

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Upcoming Encounters

2021 Fall Weekly Encounter
Application Deadline: August 22, 2021
Kickoff Weekend: September 10-11, 2021
Meets weekly on Tuesdays (from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm)

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