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Does your leadership group have spiritual practices for discerning God's will together?

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 event based on the book, Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups, will help your team together learn and practice how to become a community of discernment.

Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2020

Christ Church of Oak Brook (Chicagoland)

Pursuing God's Will Together

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 Summit Includes

Teaching and Shared Learning

to help your team learn how to practice corporate leadership discernment

Team Practice

of the disciplines associated with corporate leadership

Time and Space

for personal reflection and important conversations you haven’t had time for

who it's for

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.



When you register 3 or more from your team, get a $75 discount per person!

What You'll Receive

  • This unique 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-tos of corporate leadership discernment
  • Includes lunch and dinner on the second day and lunch on the third day, plus coffee service and light refreshments
  • We encourage you to consider staying an extra night for expanded time with your team when booking your rooms and flights


Featuring 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.

“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

"This event was life changing for members of my ministry team. It has redefined how we listen and lead, or I should say, how we listen and follow the voice of God's Holy Spirit. Come eager to hear a word from the Lord and you will not be disappointed."
– Rev. Sue Beadle, Sr. Pastor/Head of Staff, Christ Lutheran Church

"Our time was deeply encouraging and gave us concrete teaching so we can do what our hearts yearn for — desire, discern and do the will of God. Participating with our board of directors was the most significant board experience we have had since the launch of our organization in 2009.”
– Jimmy Lee, Restore NYC


Based on the Bestselling Book

Pursuing God's Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups

Church boards and other Christian leadership teams have long relied on models adapted from the business world to make decisions. In this book, trained spiritual director and nonprofit leader Ruth Haley Barton helps teams transition to a much more fitting model—becoming spiritual communities that practice discernment together.

The book includes a substantive biblical and theological reflection on corporate discernment, a step-by-step guidance for your group, personal reflection questions throughout, and group practices at the end of each chapter. The Discernment Summit puts all of this into practice—and trains teams in real time for this corporate spiritual work.

Registration closes January 15, 2020

Summit Schedule


Dinner on your own

6:00   PM  – Arrival and Check-in
6:30   PM  – Session 1 ~ Discernment: The Heart of Spiritual Leadership
7:30   PM  – Break
8:00   PM  – Session 2 ~ Learning to See: Reflections on John 9
9:00   PM  – Night Prayer


Breakfast on your own

8:00   AM  – Morning Prayer
8:30   AM  – Session 3 ~ Spiritual Transformation: Prerequisite to Discernment
10:00 AM  – Break and Personal Reflection
10:30 AM  – Session 4 ~ Leaders Who Practice Personal Discernment
12:00 PM  – Midday Prayer
12:20 PM  – Lunch and discussion in teams


1:30   PM  – Session 5 ~ Conversion to Community: Values and Practices for Opening to God Together
3:00  PM  – Break 
3:30  PM  – Session 6 ~ A Covenant that Protects Community
5:00  PM  – Evening Prayer
5:30  PM  – Dinner with your team
7:00  PM  – Session 7 ~ Get Ready: Making the Necessary Preparations
9:30  PM  – Night Prayer


Breakfast on your own

8:00   AM  – Morning Prayer
8:30   AM  – Session 8 ~ Get Set: Crossing the Threshold from Decision-Making to Discernment
10:00 AM  – Break
10:30 AM  – Session 9 ~ Go: Discerning God’s Will Together   
12:00 PM  – Midday Prayer
12:15  PM  – Lunch in silence — Listening to God
1:30    PM  – Session 10 ~ Where Do We Go from Here?
3:00   PM  – Closing Reflections: Courageous Leadership: Discernment as a Journey of Faith
:30   PM  – Departure


*The summit registration includes coffee service and light refreshments, plus lunch and dinner on the second day and lunch on the third day. Please, no technology use or recording during teaching and prayer sessions. 

Christ Church of Oak Brook
501 Oak Brook Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Cancellation Policy:

If it is necessary to cancel a registration for a retreat, please provide as much advance notice as possible so the Transforming Center can offer the available space to another retreatant. Registration fees cannot be transferred to another retreat. If a request for cancellation is received thirty (30) or more days prior to the start date of a retreat, a refund of the retreat cost minus a $50 administrative fee will be issued. If a cancellation request is received less than thirty (30) days prior to the start of a retreat, 45% of the program cost will be refunded. No refund will be given if a retreatant leaves early or arrives late. Out of consideration for others on the waiting list, please make a commitment to attend the entire retreat. Please note that the Transforming Center cancellation policy does not apply to the nine Transforming Community retreats.  Upon acceptance into a two-year Transforming Community, the commitment to pay for the entire community experience—whether present or absent at any of the nine retreats—is understood.

If you have questions or would like further assistance to register for a Transforming Center retreat, please contact us at (630) 588-8133 or for more information.