The Becoming a Transforming Church® Retreat

Equipping You to Cultivate a Community of Spiritual Transformation

Designed for pastors and leaders who long for their churches to become centers for spiritual transformation.

Choose Between TWO Dates

April 12-14, 2021

Chicagoland area

September 13-15, 2021

Chicagoland area

Become a community in which people experience transformation just by being a part of it.

In this retreat, leaders will …

  • Catch the Vision

    of what it means to be a transforming church

  • Learn from the Experiences

    of pastors who are leading transforming churches

  • Develop Strategic Approaches

    for spiritual formation that work in your setting

  • Experience Transforming Worship

    and why it is essential to the vision

Breakouts to “Go Deeper” on Key Aspects of Transforming Church

Choose one of several practical break-out sessions on key aspects of becoming a community for spiritual transformation. Taught and facilitated by alumni and friends of the Transforming Center, you will be able to learn from their ups and downs, their best practices, and the hard-won wisdom gained from painful mistakes. If you are coming with your team, we encourage you to split up in order to take advantage of the variety of topics available, and then reconvene to share your learnings.

The Deeper Conversation: Breakout Session Topics

Spiritual Formation with Children and Young People with Scottie May
Transforming Worship® with Rory Noland
Cultivating Your Leadership Group as a Community for Discernment
with Ruth Haley Barton
Transforming Preachers, Transforming Preaching
with David Hughes
Fostering Transforming Community Through Small Groups 
with Biz Gainey
The Critical Journey: Understanding Stages of Faith with Sibyl Towner
Translating Spiritual Formation in an Urban Environment
with Phil Jackson

Rates

Super Early Bird Rate

$325 Program Fee

Available until December 5, 2020, for the April 2021 retreat
Available until May 14, 2021 for the September 2021 retreat

Private room (2 nights) and five meals, Monday dinner through Wednesday breakfast ($400)

Refreshments throughout

Total Cost: $725

Early Bird Rate

$375 Program Fee

Available until January 31, 2021, for the April 2021 retreat
Available until July 9, 2021 for the September retreat

Private room (2 nights) and five meals, Monday dinner through Wednesday breakfast ($400)

Refreshments throughout

Total Cost: $775

Regular Rate

$425 Program Fee

Available until March 12, 2021, for the April 2021 retreat
Available until August 13, 2021 for the September 2021 retreat

Private room (2 nights) and five meals, Monday dinner through Wednesday breakfast ($400)

Refreshments throughout

Total Cost: $825

Team Rates

In community with other leaders, the goal of this retreat is to support your ongoing journey of transforming leadership
and to equip you to lead your own community to become a transforming church.

Receive a $75 per person discount when you register 3 or more from your church or organization.
Receive a $100 per person discount when you register 5 or more.

What Is a Transforming Church?

A transforming church is a community of men and women gathered around the presence of Christ for the purpose of spiritual transformation so they can discern and do the will of God. As a community, they affirm that being conformed into the image of Christ for the sake of others is central to the message of the gospel and therefore central to the mission of the Church.

A transforming church is cultivated intentionally by leaders committed to an ongoing process of transformation in their personal lives and in their congregations. Becoming a transforming church is not primarily about programs; it is a culture shift that emanates from the leadership center, resulting in the ability to develop strategic alignment and focus.

“That we may present everyone mature in Christ… for this we toil and struggle with all the energy he powerfully inspires within us.”

Colossians 1:28–29

Retreat Leaders will include...

  • Ruth Haley Barton

    Ruth Haley Barton

    Founder. Author. Speaker. Retreat Leader. Spiritual Director.

  • Biz Gainey

    Pastor. Teacher. Writer.

  • David Hughes

    Senior Pastor. Speaker. Writer. Theologian. Consultant.

  • Phil Jackson

    Pastor. Speaker. Author.
    Church Planter. 

  • Clare and Scott Loughrige

    Clare and Scott Loughrige

    Pastors. Authors. Spiritual Director. Spiritual Coach. Advocates.

  • Scottie May

    Professor. Researcher. Educator.

  • Rory Noland

    Rory Noland

    Worship Leader. Speaker. Author. Consultant. Spiritual Director.

  • Sibyl Towner

    Leader. Author. Spiritual Director. Master Teacher.

See speaker bios and additional information by scrolling down below.

(Speakers still being added. Check back soon!)

Topics and Schedule*

Monday through Wednesday, April 12-14, 2021 or September 13-15, 2021

Includes healthy refreshments and all meals noted in the schedule. Please, no technology or recording during teaching or prayer sessions.
*Schedule subject to change

12:00 pm: Arrival and Check-in


1:00 pm: Life Together in Christ: A Vision for Transforming Church


BREAK


3:00 pm: Spiritual Transformation—Elective or Essential? Biblical and Theological Foundations


BREAK


5:00 pm: Evening Prayer


5:30 pm: Dinner


7:00 pm: Living from the Center Out: Solitude, Community, and Ministry


BREAK


8:45 pm: Night Prayer / Great Silence


8:00 am:  Morning Prayer/Break Silence


8:20 am: Breakfast


9:00 am: What Are We Inviting People to—A Life-Giving Way of Life or a Life of Christian Busyness? Sabbath, Simplicity, and Saying No


BREAK


11:00 am: The Eucharistic Life and the Sacrament of Reconciliation


12:00 pm: Mid-day Prayer


12:20 pm: Lunch


1:00 pm: Solitude, Rest, and Reflection


5:00 pm: Evening Prayer


5:30 pm: Dinner


6:30 pm: The Deeper Conversation—Elective Opportunities (see below)


BREAK


8:15 pm: Night Prayer


9:15 pm: Reception and Conversation (in teams)


The Deeper Conversation: Elective Opportunities / Breakout Session Topics

  • Spiritual Formation with Children and Young People with Scottie May
  • Transforming Worship® with Rory Noland
  • Cultivating Your Leadership Group as a Community for Discernment with Ruth Haley Barton
  • Transforming Preachers, Transforming Preaching with David Hughes
  • Fostering Transforming Community Through Small Groups with Biz Gainey
  • The Critical Journey: Understanding Stages of Faith with Sibyl Towner
  • Translating Spiritual Formation in an Urban Environment with Phil Jackson

8:00 am: Morning Prayer


8:20 am: Breakfast


9:00 am: Living in Rhythm: Formation, Discernment and Mission in the Church


BREAK


11:00 am: Beyond Random and Haphazard Approaches: Discerning Next Steps in YOUR Community 


12:00 pm: Leaving Service with Homily — For This We Toil and Struggle: Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing


1:00 pm: Departure


This retreat will contain teaching and presentations, rhythms of fixed-hour prayer, solitude and community, stimulating conversations with other leaders about best practices and costly mistakes, guidance for discerning next steps in your setting, and opportunities to make connections with others in your region and/or denomination.

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

Senior pastors are encouraged to attend with other members of their senior leadership group.

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Venue

The Becoming a Transforming Church Retreat will be held at the Q Center in the Chicagoland area. Q Center is nestled on 95 beautiful acres along the Fox River in St. Charles and is accessible to the two Chicago airports, O'Hare and Midway.

Q Center
1405 N 5th Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174

Accommodations

All sessions will be held at Q Center. Accommodations will be provided by Q Center. The cost of the accommodations and all meals is included in the retreat price.

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“The church is like a swimming pool in which all the noise comes from the shallow end. But most of the wisdom is to be found in the deep end, among those who have taken the time and cultivated the habits and disciplines to learn to swim in deeper waters. If we are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, then we need the kind of sustained learning that leads us into the deep end of the pool.”

—W.H. Vanstone, Anglican Theologian

Register

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Cost includes accommodations, meals, refreshments throughout, and all materials.

This retreat is most effective if you come with your leadership team.
Receive a $75 per person discount when you register 3 or more team members from your church or organization.
Receive a $100 per person discount when you register 5 or more team members.

Questions? Contact transforming church administrator Dalene Strieff or call her at (630) 588-8133 ext. 303 during regular business hours.

Click here to view our 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 info@transformingcenter.org for more information.

"Spiritual transformation is central to the message of the gospel and therefore central to the mission of the Church … and yet people are not routinely experiencing transformation in and through their churches."

—Ruth Haley Barton

Speakers

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Ruth Haley Barton

Ruth is founding president/CEO of the Transforming Center. A teacher, author and seasoned spiritual director (Shalem Institute and the Loyola University Chicago Institute for Pastoral Studies), she holds a Doctor or Divinity from Northern Seminary. She has served on the pastoral staff of several churches, and the author of spiritual formation books and resources, including Pursuing God's Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups (June, 2012), Strengthening the Soul of Your LeadershipSacred Rhythms and Invitation to Solitude and Silence.

Biz Gainey

Biz Gainey

Biz serves as the founding pastor of Pillar Community Church, in Vero Beach, Fl.  Pillar Community Church began in 2011 and is committed to an intentional pathway of growth by means of spiritual practices and sacred rhythms designed to foster personal and communal formation. He and several elders and key leaders have participated in the 2-year Transforming
Community experience which has helped them clarify their vision and practices for guiding Pillar in becoming a Transforming Church. Biz received a BA in Religious Studies from Warner University and MDiv from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.   

David Hughes

David Hughes

David Hughes serves as Ambassador for the Transforming Center, representing the TC on many fronts, including fundraising, academic partnerships, Transforming Communities, and the Transforming Church Network. As our resident theologian, David holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Philosophy from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and he comes to TC after 36 years of ordained pastoral ministry—22 of which were spent at First Baptist Church of Winston-Salem, NC.

Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson

For more than thirty years, Phil has served God full-time on the front lines of urban youth ministry in the North Lawndale area of Chicago for over 20 years as youth pastor and associate paster. He has been a church planter and founder of urban ministries reaching young people in the area in wholistic way. An entrepreneur and author, he holds a BA from Trinity International University and a MDiv from Northern Theological Seminary with an emphasis in Christian community development.

Clare and Scott Loughrige

Clare and Scott Loughrige

Clare and Scott Loughrige are founding co-lead pastors at Crossroads Church since 1991 and they have been community with the Transforming Center since Transforming Community 1. Clare, a spiritual director and Scott, a spiritual coach, and are the authors of several books on Christianity and the Enneagram. In addition to their conviction that spiritual formation is central to Crossroads Mission, they have served on boards for social justice and missions organizations. They are currently sitting on the Executive Board for the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force, a collaboration of over 130 governmental, faith-based and other non-profit agencies. Their church houses a Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Child Advocacy Center for 3 counties and a Local Human Trafficking Task Force. The TC has helped them discover and maintain sacred rhythms as individuals and as a church so that they can do the work of justice with joy for the long-haul. They’re still practicing…

Scottie May

Scottie May

Scottie May is Associate Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry Emerita at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. Scottie is coauthor of Children Matter (Eerdmans), and Listening to Children on the Spiritual Journey (Baker). She has a PhD in educational ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. The Christian formation of children is an area of passion for Scottie. She has researched ways children come to faith and how the local church shapes that process. Other areas of interest are “authentic” experiential learning, the implications of the church being “the family of God,” and intergenerational worship and learning experiences. Scottie has three adult children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. (One of her sons is the creator of VeggieTales as well as the DVD series “What’s in the Bible”).

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Rory Noland

Rory is the Director of Heart of the Artist Ministries and also serves as worship leader for the Transforming Center. He served for 20 years as music director at Willow Creek Community Church and is a composer, song writer, speaker, and author of several books on worship and the arts, including The Worshiping ArtistThriving as an Artist in the ChurchThe Heart of the Artist, and Worship on Earth as It Is in Heaven. Rory holds a Doctorate in Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.

Sibyl Towner

Sibyl Towner

Sibyl is the co-founder and spiritual director of OneLifeMaps; a co-author of Listen to My Life visual maps that help people recognize and respond to God in their stories; a master teacher for Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction Formation; a spiritual director with Transforming Center; and co-director of The Springs Retreat Center in Oldenburg, IN.

Travel Information & Directions

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Q Center

1405 North Fifth Avenue, St. Charles, IL 60174

St. Charles is approximately 45 miles west of downtown Chicago.

If you are looking for a transportation service outside of Uber, Lyft, or a car rental, A-1 Airport Limousine is a preferred vendor of Q Center. They offer ride shares to minimize costs, as well as solo rides.

A-1 Airport Limousine Service, Inc.

Schedule via online portal

Email: customerservice@a1limousine.com

1-800-354-5849 or

1-630-833-3788 option 2