Spiritual Life Ministry

Contact: Rev. Ineda Adesanya

Minister of Spiritual Life

Meetings Day/time: Varies



The mission of the Spiritual Life Ministry of Allen Temple Baptist Church is to provide the spiritual tools necessary to undergird all other Allen Temple ministries thereby fostering and supporting the spiritual formation, spiritual growth and spiritual enrichment of its congregation and community. The Spiritual Life Ministry recognizes that individuals experience spirituality differently. Therefore, its' goal is to offer a variety of means through which one may develop, strengthen and enhance one’s relationship with God.


Allen Temple Baptist Church ministries are generally divided into six cluster areas: Congregational Life; Community Care; Congregational Care; Worship, Arts, Media and Technology; Christian Education; and Congregational Stewardship. The following diagram is intended to illustrate how the many spiritual tools (SP Tools) offered through Spiritual Life integrally relate to and weave through all of the church's ministries.

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Spiritual Small Groups

 Greetings Spiritual Lifers! 

Summer Small Groups have been cancelled. Please see Rev. Adesanya for other summer contemplative prayer opportunities.


Spiritual Life Enrichment Opportunities

Deepen your Spiritual Life at Allen Temple

Happy first day of Summer! Are you seeking spiritual formation, spiritual growth or spiritual enrichment? Allen Temple Baptist Church is home to a myriad of opportunities to deepen your spiritual life and tend to your spiritual health. Here are some of those opportunities available to both members and friends:
• Sunday Morning Worship (8:00 & 11:15)
• Seasonal Spiritual Life Small Contemplative Prayer Groups
• Individual Spiritual Direction and/or Pastoral Counseling (by appointment)
• Prayer Warriors Weekly Prayer Meetings (Tuesday’s 11:30)
• Wednesday: Eat Raw Fruits, Nuts, Seeds, Vegetables and Prayer Group
• Sunday Altar Intercessory Prayer
• ATBC Prayer and Fasting Group
• Weekly Bible Study (Pastor’s Thursday noon & 7pm, Youth, Young Adult and Teleconference for all)
• Weekly Sunday School (10:15)
• Annual Spirituality and Hermeneutics Forums
• Annual Men’s and Spiritual Life Retreats
• Weekly Body & Spirit Health Wellness Class
• Read Spiritual and Devotional material from the Allen Temple Library
• Anytime use of Prayer Room (FLC #D103) for Sacred Time with Christ
• …and more!
Come on over to the Temple to develop, strengthen, and enhance your relationship with God, the Creator, Son and Holy Spirit! It is when we are spiritually healthy that we can be the most effective disciples for Jesus Christ and agents of peace in this world.

Reverend Ineda P. Adesanya
Minister of Spiritual Life

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For more information or for individual spiritual direction/coaching sessions, contact Rev. Ineda Adesanya at (510) 544-8930 or 


For the Sake of Zion Let Us Not Keep Quiet

February 5, 2017

Regarding Zion, I can’t keep my mouth shut, regarding Jerusalem, I can’t hold my tongue,

Until her righteousness blazes down like the sun and her salvation flames up like a torch.

Foreign countries will see your righteousness, and world leaders your glory.

You’ll get a brand-new name straight from the mouth of God.  - Isaiah 62:1-5 (Message)


Allen Temple Family and Friends,

It’s Black History Month and God’s Spirit has led me to this text to share. For as far as we have come as a people in this nation, we are more than ever in need of deliverance from evil. Not only are we in need of deliverance, but all of Zion. I speak not so much of Jerusalem, or Mt. Zion. The word Zion occurs over 150 times in the Bible. It essentially means “fortification” and has the idea of being “raised up.” Zion is described both as the city of David and the city of God. I am speaking here of Zion in a theological or spiritual sense. In the Old Testament Zion refers figuratively to Israel as the people of God. In the New Testament, Zion refers to God’s spiritual kingdom. I am speaking of Zion that includes you and me.

Isaiah interceded fervently for the deliverance and restoration of his nation. He had hope and a vision for his people. What is your hope and vision and how passionate is your prayer? Let us not keep quiet for the sake of Zion. God gives each of us unique gifts and abilities. Our hope rests in our picking up the torch of our gift and running with it, shouting with it! We know that all things are possible with God. When matters appear hopeless, we remember trust God. In trusting God, we shall not keep quiet. Like Isaiah, we must pray and act in our own unique ways not only for ourselves but for our families, our neighbors, our communities, our nation, our world. No matter how trying times may seem, don’t give in and don’t be silent because God will not rest until righteousness blazes down like the sun and salvation flames up like a torch.

With hope and passion,

Rev. Ineda P. Adesanya, Minister of Spiritual Life