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On Saturday, April 21 (10 am to 4 pm), you’re invited to join us at Parkway Christian Church in Springfield, Illinois. Ruth Fletcher, the Disciples Regional Minister in Montana will be with us to talk about nurturing the lives of congregations.

She is the author of Thrive: Spiritual Habits of Transforming Congregations. It is available on Amazon in paperback and electronic formats. In addition to making a compelling case for congregational transformation, her book is a rich resource of practical tools (12 appendices). You will love it!

This session with Ruth is entitled – Becoming a People of Prayer – see video

How can we connect with the power and presence of the Spirit? In this retreat we will learn to trust the Spirit, focusing on ways the Spirit grounds us and allows us to thrive, even in anxious times. We will explore how to relinquish old versions of ourselves. We will begin to develop habits of listening prayer and discernment. We will come to understand the language of the Spirit, to wake up to the energy of the Spirit, and to follow the leading of the Spirit into the world.

We’re very excited to have Ruth with us. She nurtures positive transformation in individuals and systems through teaching and spiritual leadership. Throughout her life, she has trained leaders, facilitated personal growth retreats, accompanied congregations through change, encouraged imagination, keynoted conferences, preached and led worship, coached pastors, and designed processes for systemic revitalization.

Ruth is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She received her Doctor of Ministry degree from the School of Theology at Claremont and has authored resources regarding peace education, congregational discernment, and the role of elders in the church. Her most recent book is entitled Thrive: Spiritual Habits of Transforming Congregations.


This event is open to everyone – clergy, laypersons – everyone. Cost is $10.00 per person.

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