Church Seminars and Retreats

I. Leadership Training (For all those in leadership positions in the church)

The training will include:

  • Effective Communication skills
    • Empathic Listening
    • Assertive Communication
  • Understanding Your Personality Style (gifts and weaknesses):
    • Myers-Brigg Type Indicator
    • Wagner Enneagram Personality Styles Scales
      • Participants will be required to take these tests before the seminar.
      • The seminar will go into some depth in describing the styles, help the participants to understand the strengths and weaknesses of their style, and give them some ideas to formulate strategies in accentuating their strengths and overcoming their weaknesses.
      • The seminar will describe how each style plays into the ministry of the church.
  • Developing a rich inner life:
    • Spiritual practices
    • Self-care
    • Managing personal Time and Money
    • Caring for family and friends
    • Gifts and service
    • Hobbies and Sabbath
  • Caring for the congregation:
    • Spiritual Formation
    • Servant attitude
    • The dangers of pride
    • Decision making

II. Retreats (Weekend Retreats)

  • Prayer (focusing on different types of prayer)
  • Enneagram / Myers-Briggs (understanding and developing your personality style)

III. Marriage Enrichment Retreats

  • Personality Styles
  • Communication Skills
  • Time and Money Management
  • Recreation
  • Spiritual decisions

IV. Spiritual and Personal Growth Opportunities for Churches

  • The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola

Requirements: The class will meet one time per week for approximately 2 hours.  There will be approximately 30 sessions.  Each class member is expected to come prepared; having spent at least 40 minutes per day in prayer and study of the materials presented in class, prepared to share their experience, and prepared to listen prayerfully to others’ presentations.

Text: We will be using Choosing Christ In The World by Joseph Tetlow.

The Goal: The goal of the exercises is for each individual to grow deeply and more intimately in their relationship with Jesus.

The method: Each week during the meeting:

  • Each participant will briefly share for approximately 5 minutes as to what God has been doing with them in their personal devotional time.
  • The other participants will then comment on what they heard the person share.
    • This is not to give advice.
    • It is to share what they heard.
    • It can be to share how what was said touched you.
  • Spiritual Formation Classes

Requirements: The class will meet two times per month for approximately 2 hours.  This class will last for 30 sessions (10 sessions for each book).  It is expected that each class member will attend all the classes.  Each class member is expected to come prepared; having read through the assigned chapter, and having practiced the exercises and assigned disciplines. Each member is expected to spend at least 20 minutes per day reading, studying, and praying the weekly assignments.

Text: We will be using The Good and Beautiful God, The Good and Beautiful Life, and The Good and Beautiful Community written by James Bryan Smith.

The Goal: The three-fold goal each week is to:

  • Examine our false beliefs and theology
  • Replace these false beliefs with Biblical truth
  • Make these new truths part of our lives through the practice of spiritual disciplines

The Method: Each week the class will be broken down into three parts:

  • A time of sharing what God is doing in your life
  • A lecture on the chapter and some “how to tips” for practicing the spiritual disciplines
  • A time for questions