Comments from June 2020 participants:
“I liked the freedom to follow God’s leading in the shape the day took”
“It allowed me to make space to hear what God was saying to me”
” Exercises were helpful in connecting with the Lord in a meaningful manner.”
“It was good and refreshing, extremely enriching and worthwhile!”
9:30 Introduction to the Day, Worship, Spiritual Practices, and Q & A
10:15 Spiritual Practice(s)
12:00 Introduction & Soul Groups over Lunch (Online)
1:00 Spiritual Practice(s)
3:30 Soul Groups (Online)
4:15 Thank you and Benediction
Monday, November 2, 9:30-4:30
“Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” (Mark 7:31).
How is your soul? Our world has undergone immense change over the last several months. As pastors and ministry leaders, you have made countless sacrifices and adjustments in your life – personally, at home and at work. You have been our first responders to the needs of our local congregations, and we praise God for you. This is an incredible feat, but it is also incredibly exhausting and overwhelming.
You have been shepherding your congregations and taking care for their souls. We would like to invite you to a space for your own soul.
After returning from being sent out on mission, Jesus invited his disciples to find rest for their souls. He said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matt. 11:29). In the same way, we would like to invite into a quiet place for rest for your souls: a soul day for CBOQ pastors, ministry leaders, and their spouses — prayer, community, spiritual practices, and rest.
This guided personal retreat experience will provide a blend of online worship and community and off-line personal spiritual practices.
At the core of Emmaus Formation Center is the ministry of spiritual direction. Spiritual direction is between the spiritual director, the directee and the Holy Spirit with the ultimate goal of seeking spiritual formation.
The journey to become more like Christ progresses through prayer and a person’s desire for Christ to be the guiding force in their words, decisions and actions. Spiritual Direction provides a refreshing, safe place in one’s journey for encouragement, stillness and contemplation. Don enjoys helping others grow in their relationship with God by offering support, encouragement and a listening ear in their walk with God.
As a companion for the journey, Don’s diversity of experience can help you discern your next step in your relationship with Christ and what questions need to be asked to determine a way forward. Having spent 27 years as a banker, financial broker and entrepreneur, Don entered the pastoral ministry in 1998. His ministry experience includes small groups, discipleship, pastoral care, leadership development and church planting.
Over the past 10 years, Don as a pastor/coach has provided leadership to four churches in need of reconciliation and regaining a Christ-centered focus within their fellowship, vision and ministry to their community.
In his current work with churches and becoming a certified spiritual director, Don has initiated and facilitated workshops and retreats aimed at helping individuals/groups utilize spiritual disciplines at home and at work to discover their next step in their relationship with God.