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 Monday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm January through August
  • Monthly Encounter – meets one “weekend” per month (Thursday and Friday from 6:00-9:00pm and Saturday from 9:00-4:00) from August to April
  • 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


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

2019 Monthly Encounter
Application Deadline: July 25, 2019
Kickoff Weekend: Aug 15-17, 2019
Meets one “weekend” per month (Thurs. & Fri. from 6:00-9:00 pm and Sat. from 9:00 am-4:00 pm) August 2019 – April 2020

2020 Weekly Encounter
Application Deadline: Nov. 1, 2020
Kickoff Weekend: Jan. 23-25, 2020
Meets weekly on Tuesdays (from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm), Feb. 4 – Aug. 11, 2020

2019 Summer Daily Encounter
Application Deadline: Apr. 1, 2019
Meets daily (Mon. – Fri. from 9:00 am-5:00 pm) June 24- Aug. 9, 2019

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