March 22-24, 2018

Chicago area (St. Charles, IL)

Are you looking for a way of leading that is more responsive to the will of God?

Many Christian leaders long to know they are discerning and doing the will of God as leaders. They wonder if there’s a trusted method for discerning God’s will together. The book, Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups, and this event are a response to these questions and longings.

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

This event is ideal for teams, so bring your key leaders.  If you come alone, you will be placed in a group with other individual leaders.

The goal of this immersion experience is to equip and empower pastors and Christian leaders to guide their churches and organizations to become communities that discern and do the will of God.

The retreat includes:

Teaching and Shared Learning

to help your team learn how to practice corporate leadership discernment

Rest and Replenishment

through shared rhythms of solitude, silence, and fixed-hour prayer

Time and Space

for personal reflection and important conversations you haven’t had time for in the press of ministry

SCHEDULE

Arrival and Check-in (lunch on your own)

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

90mins

Session 1 – Establishing True North: Discernment as the Heart of Spiritual Leadership

45mins

Break

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

30mins

Preparing Leaders for Discernment

There will be two plenary sessions on Day 1 taught by Ruth Haley Barton.

45mins

Session 2 – Preparing Leaders for Discernment: Spiritual Transformation as a Pre-requisite

90mins

Evening Prayer

30mins

Break

30mins

Dinner

90mins

Session 3 – Practicing Personal Discernment: Biblical, Theological and Practical Foundations

90mins

Night Prayer/Great Silence

Experience the invitation of fixed-hour prayer.

45mins

Morning Prayer

Don't be tempted to skip this valuable rhythm of worship designed for you and your team.

30mins

Preparing the Community for Discernment

There will be two sessions.

Session 4 – Conversion to Community: Values and Practices for Opening to God Together

90mins

Break and Personal Reflection

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

Session 5 – Commitments that Protect Community

90mins

Mid-day Prayer

Fixed-hour prayer

30mins

Lunch

Lunch is included in registration cost.

60mins

Solitude, Rest, and Refreshment

4hrs

Evening Prayer

Fixed-hour prayer

30mins

Dinner and conversation with your team

Dinner is included with your registration.

90mins

Practicing Discernment Together

Session 6 – Get Ready: Making the Necessary Preparations

New Testament examples of what preparations are needed before a group can discern together.

90mins

Morning Prayer

Don't be tempted to skip this valuable rhythm of worship designed for you and your team.

30mins

Session 7 – Get Set: Crossing the Threshold from Decision Making to Discernment

90mins

Break

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

30mins

Session 8 – Go: Listening to Each Other

90mins

Mid-day Prayer

Fixed-hour Prayer

20mins

Lunch in Silence—Listening To God

60mins

Session 9 – Discerning God’s Will Together

Setting the agenda for listening together.

90mins

Departure

45mins

You may want to consider staying an extra night for expanded time with your team.
Conference room rates will apply.

What you will receive:

  • A retreat experience for your team in which you will find rest, receive spiritual nourishment, and savor extended time to listen to God and each other
  • Teaching on discernment that is rooted in Scripture and the best of our Christian tradition, made practical and accessible for today’s churches and communities
  • Opportunities for your group to practice and receive guidance in the how-to’s of corporate leadership discernment
  • Dinner Thursday, all meals Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, nutritious refreshments throughout
  • Healthy food and time to enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, walking and running paths and work-out facility
  • We encourage you to consider staying an extra night for expanded time with your team when booking your rooms and flights (conference room rates will apply)
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Ruth Haley Barton

Featuring Dr. Ruth Haley Barton

and the Transforming Center team

Ruth has been a student, practitioner, teacher and leader in the area of Christian spirituality and spiritual formation for over twenty years. Her teachings on corporate leadership discernment have emerged from over 15 years of cultivating the Transforming Center as a community for discernment; she consults frequently with churches and organizations seeking to become transforming communities that discern and do the will of God. A trained spiritual director and retreat leader, Ruth is the author of numerous books and resources on the spiritual life.

Pursuing God's Will Together book

The teaching sessions are based on the book Pursuing God's Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups

In Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups, Transforming Center founder Ruth Haley Barton provides a trustworthy process that enables Christian leaders to actively seek God together. We request that your team read the book before attending. Click here for a special team discount when you purchase a 5-pack.

venue

The discernment retreat will be held at the Q Center, nestled on 95 beautiful acres along the Fox River in St. Charles, IL. The Q Center is accessible from both Midway and O'Hare International Airports.

Q Center
1405 North Fifth Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174
about 40 mi from Downtown Chicago

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Accommodations

Q Center’s finely appointed guest rooms offer attendees a place to relax, reflect and rejuvenate. The grounds feature miles of well-maintained trails for jogging, biking, and even cross-country skiing in winter, multiple sporting courts, and a 24/7 fitness center.

Standard Guest Room: $70 plus tax

Executive Guest Room: $105 plus tax

(coming soon)

“One great need of the Church today is to experience the dynamic leadership of Christ as its Head. If Christ is alive, he desires to lead his Church. If Christ desires to lead his Church, his will should be sought. If his will can be sought, it can be discerned; and if it can be discerned, it deserves to be obeyed. This is nothing more than the basic Christian life.”
– Dr. Paul Anderson, George Fox University

REGISTER

Team rate: Save $50 off each person when you register three or more from your team.

Early bird registration deadline: December 31, 2017
Registration Deadline: March 15, 2018

We have secured a block of rooms at Cooper Hotel under the name “Transforming Center” at a special conference rate of $119 per night. These rates will only be available until the block is filled or Friday, February 16, 2018. Please call (972) 386-0306 to book your room at Cooper Hotel.

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