September 11-13, 2017

Chicagoland area

In this retreat leaders will...

1

Catch the vision

of what it means to be a transforming church

2

Learn from the experiences

of pastors who have led transforming churches

3

Develop strategic approaches

for spiritual formation that work in your setting

4

Experience transforming worship

and why it is essential to the vision

In community with other leaders, the goal of this retreat is to support your ongoing journey of transforming leadership and to equip you to lead your own community to become a transforming church.

What is a Transforming Church?

A transforming church is a community of men and women gathered around the presence of Christ for the purpose of spiritual transformation so they can discern and do the will of God. As a community, they affirm that being conformed into the image of Christ for the sake of others is central to the message of the Gospel and therefore central to the mission of the Church.

A transforming church is cultivated intentionally by leaders committed to an ongoing process of transformation in their personal lives and in their congregations. Becoming a transforming church is not primarily about programs; it is a culture shift that emanates from the leadership center, resulting in the ability to develop strategic alignment and focus.

“That we may present everyone mature in Christ… for this we toil and struggle with all the energy he powerfully inspires within us.”
Colossians 1:28-29

TOPICS AND SCHEDULE

Monday, September 11 through Wednesday, September 13
Includes refreshment and all meals noted in the schedule. Please, no technology or recording during teaching or prayer sessions.

Arrival and Check-in

Check in early to leave time to get settled before first session.

60mins

Life Together in Christ: A Vision for Transforming Church

3hrs

Break

30mins

Renovation of the Church: One Church’s Journey

1hr30mins

Break

30mins

Evening Prayer

30mins

Dinner

1hr30mins

Spiritual Transformation—Elective or Essential? Biblical and Theological Foundations

90mins

Break

Breaks are often times designed for teams to work through material together. Timing is subject to change.

Night Prayer/Great Silence

Morning Prayer/Break Silence

20mins

Breakfast

40mins

Rethinking Church: Transforming Community in a Post-Christian Culture

1hr30mins

Break

Breaks are designed to work through material. Timing is subject to change.  

30mins

Panel / Large Group Discussion—How Does This Actually Work in the Church?

60mins

Mid-day Prayer

20mins

Lunch

40mins

Solitude, Rest and Reflection

4hrs

Evening Prayer

30mins

Dinner

(Transforming Church Network will hold a business meeting)

1hr30mins

The Deeper Conversation—Elective Opportunities

  • Spiritual Formation with Children and Young People
  • Planning Transforming Worship Services
  • Cultivating Your Leadership Group as a Community for Discernment
  • Transforming Preachers, Transforming Preaching
  • Fostering Transforming Community in and Through Small Groups
  • Living Formation and Mission Together in the Church

1hr30mins

Break

15mins

Night Prayer

1hr

Reception and Conversation

Morning Prayer

20mins

Breakfast

40mins

Working from the Center Out: Beyond Random and Haphazard Approaches

1hr30mins

Break

Breaks are often times designed for teams to work through material together. Timing is subject to change.

30mins

Discerning Next Steps in YOUR Church

60mins

Leaving Service

30mins

Departure

This retreat will contain teaching and presentations, rhythms of fixed-hour prayer, solitude and community, stimulating conversations with other leaders about best practices and costly mistakes, guidance for discerning next steps in your setting, and opportunities to make connections with others in your region and/or denomination.

Designed for those currently in senior leadership roles

  • Senior pastors/clergy
  • Executive pastors
  • Members of your church’s decision-making body
    (elders, deacons, vestry, session, consistory)
  • Executive leaders of Christian organizations
  • Denominational leaders

Senior pastors are encouraged to attend with other members of their senior leadership group.

Presented by the Transforming Center

with Ruth Haley Barton, Kent Carlson, and Rory Noland

plus

Ruth Haley Barton

plus

Kent Carlson

plus

Rory Noland

Venue

The Becoming a Transforming Church Retreat will be held at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in the Chicagoland area. The retreat center is accessible to the two Chicago airports, O'Hare and Midway, as well as the Milwaukee airport.


University of St. Mary of the Lake (USML)
1000 E. Maple Ave.
Mundelein, IL 60060

University of St. Mary of the Lake Retreat Center is approximately four miles west of I-94 on Illinois Route 176.

Accommodations

All sessions will be held at University of St. Mary of the Lake. Accommodations will be provided by USML. The cost of the accommodations are included in the retreat price.

“The church is like a swimming pool in which all the noise comes from the shallow end. But most of the wisdom is to be found in the deep end, among those who have taken the time and cultivated the habits and disciplines to learn to swim in deeper waters. If we are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, then we need the kind of sustained learning that leads us into the deep end of the pool.”
– Anglican Theologian W.H. Vanstone

REGISTER

Cost includes accommodations, meals, refreshments throughout, and all materials.

Team rate. Save $50 for each additional person from your team.

Registration Deadline: September 1, 2017.

Questions? Contact Dalene Strieff or call her at 630-588-8133 ext 303 during regular business hours.
Click here to view our cancellation policy.