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.

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 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

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.

What You'll 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, 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

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

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