These workshops came as a result of a discussion with the pastoral
staff of what would a Disciple of Jesus look like? From that came the questions of “What if… “
and if we truly believed that being a Disciple of Jesus would change
everything. The answer is yes! We truly believe that following Jesus changes
your life so that it is more abundant, joyful and at peace. We want that changed abundant life for
you! It is so easy for the world to
determine our life for us, and without realizing it we become reactive to the
world instead of proactive disciples.
We want you to experience God’s presence and transformative power
so we have designed this journey around God’s means of Grace. These are the experiences that God has
provided to us so that we can stay connected to God.
encourage you to daily spend time with God through the Scriptures and the
Devotionals that are provided for study each week. What you do in your devotional time is developed over time in
your relationship with God. We will provide opportunities for you to learn new and
ancient practices of spending time in worship of God. You are also strongly encouraged to attend weekly corporate
Bible Study: The pastors will begin each Conference with
Bible Study. We believe it is important
to start our focused life by listening to what God is saying to each of us
through the living word that speaks to the moments of our present life as it
has to humanity throughout the centuries.
Ancient Prayer Practices: With
our busy 24/7 lives, we have developed an amnesia to being still so that we can
hear God. Elijah was at a crucial point
in his life – broken and exhausted. It
was in the desert that he heard God speak to him, not in words or dramatic
experiences, but through the sound of sheer silence.
We believe that many of us are also at this critical point –
broken and exhausted. We encourage you
to join us in practicing these ancient ways of prayer that encourage being
still. These practices may be harder for
some individuals than others, but we believe that this form of prayer will help
you develop a contemplative language that will not only calm your spirit, but
connect you in a deeper way with the Almighty God that is passionately seeking
Focused Living Retreat: A focused
life requires hard work and examination of your life – past, present and
future. God has been with you in the
past redeeming the experiences of your life.
God is right now in your present and is calling you to live focused and
with purpose. God will be beside you in
your future, but to live focused requires intentionality of planning and
mentors. You will be experiencing this
retreat around tables with fellow Christians who will be there to walk
alongside you - nurturing you and holding you accountable.
My Life Plan Assignment: Focused living requires a
dedication throughout your 24/7 life. We have provided assignments that require
you to begin to live out of what a focused and purposeful life means for you. This requires discipline and discipline comes
through and is the act of daily practice.
My Prayer as I Work: We ultimately desire that your
focused life translates to your daily living and work. God has created us to work and be stewards of
God’s creation. Your focused life is
lived out in the daily co-creation with God.
This is how we change the world!
Jesus said, “If?
There are no ‘ifs’ among believers.
Anything can happen”! Mark 9:23