New Day – It’s about spiritual transformation!

Join us for New Day events in 2018 –

  to draw closer to God in Christian community –

Exploring spiritual transformation, an opportunity to go deeper with God and one another. Retreats and other gatherings will help you and your congregation grow spiritually.

Thrive! for congregational transformation – November 3

Becoming a People of Welcome

On Saturday, November 3 (10 am to 4 pm), you’re invited to join us at Central Christian Church in Decatur, Illinois. Ruth Fletcher, a well-known Disciples minister will be with us to talk about nurturing the lives of congregations.

Those who participate in the workshop “Becoming a People of Welcome” will learn how to create trustworthy space that offers hospitality to strangers and breaks preconceptions of what Christianity is all about. As a result, you may find yourself growing, surprising your guests with an atmosphere of joy, flexibility, and authenticity. Good news travels fast. As one woman said: “I’ve been telling everyone I meet about this church. If I’d known there was a place like this around, I would have been here sooner!

It takes a lot of courage for the public to walk through the doors of a church. In today’s world, Christians have a reputation for being mean, judgmental, and too narrow in their thinking. We are not those Christians!

How can we become trustworthy communities that welcome the stranger? In this retreat, we will learn to leave behind obsolete traditions. We will explore how to develop habits of clarity, challenge, and courage that enlarge our capacity to grow and thrive as the Body of Christ.

Ruth Fletcher 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 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 event is open to everyone – clergy, laypersons – everyone. And lunch is included.

Cost is $10.00 per person. Register by October 29 for the Thrive event!



And, here is some great news from First Christian Church in Galesburg! They’re reading Ruth Fletcher’s book – “Thrive: Spiritual Habits of Transforming Congregations.” They are sharing God’s love in the community.  For more of this story, click here.

New Day – in summary –

  • A deeper connection with God and one another – sharing a journey of faith, meeting companions on the way.
  • Learning about spiritual practices and doing them. – centering prayer, journaling, pilgrimage, silence and solitude, music, body movement/prayer, icons, imagining scripture, etc.
  • Talking about identity, context and calling – our answers to these questions put us on a faithful path with God.
  • Geography of Grace – a way of spiritual discernment in the context of caring partners on the journey.
  • Thrive: Spiritual Habits of Transforming Congregations
  • Personality and Spirituality – different ways to pray and to experience God. What’s your style?
  • Deep, significant conversations – with spiritual companions.


New Day is a new approach to spiritual transformation. Driven by deeper spirituality, enriching partnership, and ongoing support, leaders, and churches find their path to a faithful future. This is not a cookie cutter program. Each congregation has its own unique experience of transformation. There will be retreats for church leaders to get the process started and follow-up events to hear about progress and offer more resources. Congregations with similar interests and similar callings can work together. The Regional church is making a huge commitment to help with congregational transformation and individual spiritual transformation. New Day is open to all leaders who are serious about spiritual transformation. Individual leaders can participate without the full commitment of their congregation.

Join us for life-changing experiences!

For more information contact Scott Woolridge – [email protected]                        



Watch this New Day video on YouTube – you’ll get a sense of what you can experience!

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