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 are experiencing a longing 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. Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups is 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.

This discernment event combines elements of:

A Conference

with 10 plenary sessions rooted in Scripture and Christian tradition

A Workshop

with hands-on training and time to practice and work with your team

A Retreat

with fixed-hour prayer and time for solitude

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.

TOPICS AND TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

Includes coffee service, refreshments and lunch both full days. 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.

30mins

Recognizing and Responding to the Presence of God

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

45mins

Session 1 – Discernment: The Heart of Spiritual Leadership

An overview of discernment with clearly defined terms to help teams dialogue about spiritual discernment and leadership.

45mins

Break

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

Session 2 – Learning to See: Reflections on John 9

Ruth will use John 9 to prepare you to spend some time examining your own journey.

60mins

Night Prayer

Experience the invitation of fixed-hour prayer.

45mins

Preparing Leaders for Discernment

There will be two sessions.

Morning Prayer

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

30mins

Session 3 – Spiritual Transformation: Prerequisite to Discernment

Avoid common leadership mistakes groups make when they try to discern together.

60mins

Break and Personal Reflection

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

Session 4 – Leaders Who Practice Personal Discernment

What is personal discernment and how do we cultivate it in our leadership groups?

90mins

Mid-day Prayer

Fixed-hour prayer

20mins

Lunch and Discussion in Teams

Lunch is included in registration cost.

70mins

Becoming a Community for Discernment

There will be two sessions.

Session 5 – Conversion to Community: Values and Practices for Opening to God Together

Move beyond teamwork to spiritual community at the leadership level.

45mins

Break

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

Session 6 – A Covenant that Protects Community

The why and how of covenants in community.

90mins

Evening Prayer

Fixed-hour prayer

30mins

Dinner with your team

Dinner is included with your registration.

45mins

Practicing Discernment Together

Morning Prayer

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

30mins

Session 7 – Get Ready: Making the Necessary Preparations

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

90mins

Break

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

Session 8 – Get Set: Crossing the Threshold from Decision Making to Discernment

Understanding prayer and indifference in corporate leadership discernment.

45mins

Mid-day Prayer

Fixed-hour Prayer

20mins

Lunch in Silence

70mins

Session 9 – Go: Discerning God’s Will Together

Setting the agenda for listening together.

45mins

Break

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

Session 10 – Where do We Go From Here?

Do something before you do everything. Making a plan for corporate leadership discernment in your setting.

30mins

Closing Session – Courageous Leadership: Discernment as a Journey of Faith

30mins

Departure

What you will receive:

  • 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
  • Opportunity for your group to practice and receive guidance in the how-to’s of corporate leadership discernment
  • Testimonies and key learnings from leaders who are practicing corporate discernment
  • Breakfast and lunch Friday and Saturday and dinner on Friday night, coffee service and refreshments throughout
Ruth Haley Barton

Featured Presenter: Dr. Ruth Haley Barton

and the Transforming Center team

Ruth has been a student, a practitioner, a teacher and a leader in the area of Christian spirituality and spiritual formation for over twenty years. A trained spiritual director and retreat leader, she 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.

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.

“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 for each additional person from your team.

Early bird registration deadline: December 31, 2017
Commuter rate of $395 available: includes lunch and dinner, and refreshments throughout. Does not include boarding or breakfast.
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.