School of Supernatural Life: It changed my life

 
 

The first time I walked into Grace Center in Franklin, TN six(ish) years ago, I knew I’d found my home. It was unlike anything I’d ever experienced at any other church I’d attended or visited in the past. From the moment I stepped foot into the sanctuary (gym) to attend Emanate, their young adults service, I could tangibly feel the Presence of God. I wouldn’t have been able to describe it to you back then, but all I knew was that God was in that place, and as long as He was there, that’s where I wanted to be. The worship was electric - not because of the quality (though the quality was phenomenal), but because God’s Spirit was present and you could feel people’s hunger for more of God. I remember just weeping every time I walked through those doors. And the pastors spoke with such authority and truth and humility, I immediately trusted them and wanted to receive from them. (Which was a big deal because I was pretty skeptical and judgmental of church leadership back then. lol) They talked about God in a way that I’d always hoped was true, but hadn’t experienced yet. 

I’d heard about Grace Center through a coworker friend of mine. She’d just started attending their ministry school (School of Supernatural Life) when I met her, and she would talk about it from time to time. Late that next summer, she and my best friend and I were all in Italy at the same time and met up in Rome for a few days. My friend Jessie and I were in the middle of 5 months of traveling through Europe at the time, just resting and seeking God and creating along the way. (A pilgrimage of sorts.) I’d taken all of my painting supplies with me and was painting my way through Europe. So our friend Shelby met up with us in Rome, and we spent several days catching up. She’d just recently graduated from SOSL, and was telling us all about how it had changed her life. We spent hours and hours asking her questions and talking about the school. Even though I didn’t like the idea of doing a ministry school, by this point I was intrigued and just so hungry for more of God... and if it was run by the same people I’d grown to respect and love at Grace Center, how bad could it be?

We got back from traveling at the tail end of 2013, and got settled back into life in Nashville that next Spring, and by that Summer we’d both decided to apply to attend SOSL that next Fall. I had no idea at the time that I was making the best decision of my life. I had no clue how much my life was about to change. And I had no idea how much better life could get.  

 

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Fast forward to present day, and I’ve been involved with SOSL for the better part of the past five years now. I did Year 1 of the school 5 years ago. Since then I’ve been involved in SOSL four out of the past five years. Half of that time attending Year 1 and 2, and the other half helping staff the school during alternating years. 

I have a hard time condensing the past 5 years into a quick “elevator speech”. It usually just ends up sounding something like, “Just do it. Seriously. You won’t regret it.” and “It completely, 100% changed my life.” But that’s such an understatement and oversimplification of what I’ve experienced through SOSL. 

My life looks NOTHING like it did when I walked into orientation day 5 years ago. I had no idea what to expect, and I was pretty freaked out and nervous if I’m honest. It was a huge commitment, and I wasn’t keen on staying in one place for long back then. 

I had no idea at the time that I was making the best decision of my life. I had no clue how much my life was about to change. And I had no idea how much better life could get.

What I found, though, was LIFE. The abundant life that Jesus paid for. Breakthrough. An end to cycles and patterns and fears that had been hurting and holding me back my entire life. A freedom I didn’t even know existed. 

I learned how to hear God’s voice, and it changed absolutely everything for me. Before doing SOSL, I would pray and talk to God all the time, but I had no idea that I could actually learn to listen and hear Him talking back to me. That He LOVES talking to me. Being able to sit down at any time, on good days and the bad ones, and hear His heart for me and get His perspective and wisdom on the circumstances of my life (the big things and the small ones) was hands down the most valuable thing I gained through the school.

Throughout the school, I learned and experienced how good of a Father God is. Before, I knew Jesus, but I didn’t know the Father, and I definitely didn’t know Holy Spirit. I knew that Jesus died so my sins could be forgiven and so I could go to heaven, but I didn’t realize that the whole point of Jesus coming and paying the price for my sin was to make a way back to communion with Father God, which was our original design. 

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In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” In order for Jesus to be the way, there had to be a destination. That destination is relationship with the Father. 

I knew that Jesus had saved me from hell when he died, but I had no idea what I had been given access to because of what he did. That he brought heaven down to earth and we get to experience heaven and the kingdom of God NOW. That healing, breakthrough, peace, freedom and encounter are all available now! 

The school does such a brilliant job of cultivating space for you to connect with God on a very real, very personal level. They don’t just teach you theory - they create a safe space for you to actually experience God for who He is. To really get to know the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in a really real, tangible way. 

They also give you a ton of practical life tools to help you live life brilliantly. Things like how to cultivate healthy boundaries, powerful communication, brain science, how to manage your time and resources well… the list is endless. 

They don’t just teach you theory - they create a safe space for you to actually experience God for who He is. To really get to know the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in a really real, tangible way.

I not only found family through SOSL, but I found a home. Every single week my life was radically changed by the wisdom and revelation of each of the speakers, but really my life was changed within the context of family and safe leadership, both within the school and from having Grace Center as my home church. I’ve never sat under such anointed, safe, humble leadership as I have at Grace Center. Their focus on worship, inner healing, and the goodness of God, and their commitment to both Spirit AND Truth is incredible. 

Something that has been life changing has been learning that it’s okay not to have it all together (even after so many years of ministry school), and the value of letting your community love on you right where you are. That you can actually invite God (and others) into your mess, and His heart is just to love you back to life. At SOSL, you’re welcome just as you are - it doesn’t matter where you’ve been, how much of a mess your life is, what you’re struggling with. You’ll be loved and championed right where you are, because that’s what God does and that’s what they do. And that’s probably been one of the most powerful and transformative parts of the school for me (both as a student and as a leader) - that you don’t have to have it all together. You’ll be loved in the midst of your process and your mess, and there is always someone to help walk you through it.  

 
 

So if I had to have an “elevator pitch” for SOSL it would be this: 

Year 1 of SOSL turned my world upside down in the best way possible. I’d walked with God my entire life, but it wasn’t until I did SOSL that I realized all that I had access to because of what Jesus did - the healing, the freedom, the abundance that comes with walking with Him. I encountered the Presence and Goodness of God in a way I never knew was possible. 

Year 2 solidified everything I’d learned and experienced in Year 1, and caused everything to go way deeper, way faster. I rediscovered my love for Scripture, and was given the tools to be able to study and experience the Word on a whole new level. Doing Year 2 with my husband during our first year of marriage was incredible - it set us up for success as we continued to pursue inner healing individually and together, in the context of community. 

Deciding to do the school was hands down one of the best decisions of my life. I’ve found myself in the most whole, healed up, powerful, supportive community I’ve ever experienced. My relationships are stronger than they ever were before, and I met most of my closest friends (including my husband) because of SOSL. I now walk in a level of freedom and connection with God that I didn’t think possible, and I discovered that walking with and saying yes to Jesus is the most exciting, wild, and fulfilling thing you can do. 

Not only has the school changed my own life, but it has completely transformed my family. After seeing the change the school made in my life, my mom decided to do the school a couple of years later, and her life looks completely different now. Getting to watch my mom encounter God and get crazy amounts of breakthrough and healing was SO awesome. And then this past year, my brother and sister-in-law went through Year 1 of the school (which was a miracle in itself) and their lives were RADICALLY transformed by Jesus. My husband and I were helping staff the school this past year, so I got to watch their lives change right in front of my eyes. It was the sweetest gift from the Lord! 

 
 

So, all that to say… Just do it. Why not take eight months and see what God can do with your life? All it takes is saying yes to Him. If you have any inkling to do the school or are curious about it, why not just apply and see what happens? Visit the SOSL website here to read more about the structure of the school and what it practically looks like! The school year runs for 8 months (Sept.- April) on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9-5. It’s super accessible to those who need/want to work the rest of the week! They have childcare available, and they even have a curriculum for the kids that goes along with what the parents are learning each week, which is adorable! Whether you’re single or married, have kids or not, just graduated high school/college or just retired - wherever you are and whatever stage of life you’re in - this school is for you. 

I know I sound like I’m making a sales pitch for the school (I for sure am), but in truth it’s just because I’m the biggest fan of SOSL that you’ll ever find. I can’t possibly overstate the value of going through the School of Supernatural Life. The fruit speaks for itself. I’ve seen the fruit of it in my own life, my family members’ lives, and the lives of hundreds of students that have come from all over the world to do SOSL, and I just can’t keep it to myself! I 100% believe that anyone and everyone can benefit from this program. If you want to experience more of God, be more secure in who you are and in your identity, and step into more freedom in every area of your life, SOSL is for you. 

If you want to experience more of God, be more secure in who you are and in your identity, and step into more freedom in every area of your life, SOSL is for you.

Applications are open now, but the deadline to apply is June 15th, which is coming up fast! So if you are at all thinking about it, start your application today!! Also, if you have questions about the school or about my personal experience going through the school, please feel free to shoot me an email! I’d love to answer any questions you might have, and if I don’t have the answer, I’ll point you to someone who does!