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January Retreat – School for Ministry

By October 15, 2018December 17th, 20182 Comments

“Discernment is living life prayerfully,
bringing oneself to God as honestly and
completely as possible,
seeking guidance as openly as possible,
and then in faith,
responding as fully as possible.”

Gerald May, *Addiction and Grace*, Chapter 8

Are you finding yourself thinking about your relationship with God? Perhaps you’re feeling a yearning within to commit yourself to deeper listening to what God might be inviting in your life. Maybe you’ve even thought that the invitation might be to some form of ministry within the church. If this sounds familiar, or if this sparks a place within you, please consider joining us for a time of intentional discernment, in community with others, seeking to know what God may be inviting in our lives. Join us in January for a time of deep listening.

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Discernment Retreat

Weaving 1 Corinthian 13 throughout

Friday, Jan. 11

Check in @ 1 p.m. Chiara Center, 4875 Laverna Rd, Springfield, IL 62707

Gather @ 2 p.m.  – Jim Olson

Welcome, Centering, Introductions, Connections, Covenant
Focus on community formation
Interaction: Activities; dyads, triads.
Built-in breaks
New Zealand Prayer Book hours

Dinner Break @ 5:00 p.m.

Gather @ 7:00 p.m. – Jim Olson and Teresa Dulyea-Parker

Introduction to the School
Q & A
Night Prayers liturgy – Al Keeney


Saturday, Jan. 12

Morning Centering @ 7:15 a.m.

Body movement – Teresa Dulyea-Parker

Silent reflection—Al Keeney (optional)

Breakfast @ 8:00 a.m.

Gather @ 9:00 a.m.

Guided Meditation on being a Spiritual Leader – Al Keeney
Focus on calls – our own, scriptural calls – Teresa Dulyea Parker
Journal time & Art time  – Jim Olson
Built-in breaks

Lunch @ 12 noon

Gather @ 1:00 p.m.  – Teresa Dulyea-Parker

Reminder of covenant/touchstones
Dyads, Triads—tell your own call story

Closing Worship with Communion at 3:00 p.m. – Jim Olson

Check out by 4 p.m.


Registration Cost:

Single Room, plus meals and materials = $120
Double Room, plus meals and materials = $100


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  • Sue Adams says:

    I might be interested in this, but might not want to pastor a church. I just like learning! I was a commissioned minister about 10 years ago so I’ve had a mentor etc before. Is there such a thing as a commissioned-minister-in-waiting? Like could I do commissioned minister things without serving a church?


    Sue Adams