“We have been using the ‘Forming’ course as part of our discipleship training at GraceLife Church for the past four years. From twenty-five people in the church foyer to four around a kitchen table; thirteen year-olds to eighty five year-olds; the outcomes have been similar. Christians at various stages of maturity have learned how to engage with God – personally, intimately, confidently, consistently – in ways that are transforming who we are not just what we do. This course has literally been life-giving, changing our expectation and experience of Immanuel, God with us. I can’t recommend it more highly!”
— Alison Pendergrast, GraceLife Church (Perth, Australia)
Although my wife and I are facilitating our first Forming: Change by Grace course, our participants (over 20) are experiencing freedom from performance-based “discipleship” models. We have group participants that have been Christians for only a few years, to others that have been in the faith for over 30 years, and everyone (at varying levels) is experiencing a more relational, conversational, mentoring relationship with God, some for the first time. As a professional I.T. trainer, I appreciate David Takle’s approach: “Tell Me, Show Me, Let Me” with the teaching, and in each session’s experiential exercises. The discussions are lively after almost every video and activity. Since we are still in the middle of the COVID-19 lockdown, we have utilized ZOOM for our sessions. The videos play great, and the technology has not seemed to impede the discussions, the attendance, or the value the participants are receiving from the course. My wife and I plan to continue to offer this course several times a year as a part of being Soul Shepherding Spiritual Direction Associates. I highly recommend this course to you personally, and hope you invite others into the freedom and depth you will experience.
— Jim Long, Spiritual Director
I am a new born-again Christian (February 2019) and was lucky enough to go to the Forming Course within a week of my surrendering to Jesus, our Lord.
The course was invaluable to me as a novice Christian by being simple to understand; and the workbook was very helpful to refer to for study during and after the lessons. I found David Takle to be gentle, humble, and respectful. It was the Lord who chose David to speak to me during these lessons, which has now given me a greater understanding of how to have an intimate relationship with our God.
I would highly recommend that new Christians undertake the Forming Course as their first course, as it provides a lot of groundwork for other courses. The Forming Course also seems to be great for using as a refresher, as there are things in the course that people perhaps missed or want clarification on.
It was a pleasure to attend the Forming Course and the course workbook was very useful. I learned a lot about myself and lots about Jesus.
Thank you, David, for providing a format that is so easy to understand and videos that are a pleasure to watch.
Blessings and in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
— Jacqui Amy Ball
I have been in church all my life and taken dozens of courses. Forming is one of the most important things I have ever done for my spiritual life.
— Participant, NC
Here is another amazing testimony, posted on Healing Center International.