discover what you have been longing for
Learn about spiritual formation and how it happens — how to approach Scripture in a soul-nurturing way; how practicing various spiritual disciplines can reveal the holiness in the everyday; and how to break through the “walls” that are holding you back from progressing to the next stage in your spiritual life. Devote time to walking with Jesus in “the unforced rhythms of grace” (Matthew 11:29, The Message).
“What do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” (Matthew 16:26, NLT)
How to register
Retreat costs $385 per person, including meals, lodging, and materials. Registration is open to the first 18 guests — first come, first served. $100 deposit due at registration to hold your place; full balance due April 4. The retreat will begin with check-in on Wednesday, April 18, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.; a welcome dinner will be served at 6 p.m.
Gwen and Stephen Smith are the co-founders of Potter’s Inn, a Colorado-based ministry dedicated to soul care for ministry and marketplace leaders. Gwen is a registered nurse, spiritual director, and retreat leader. Stephen has pastored churches in Kentucky, North Carolina, and the Netherlands, and currently works as a speaker, spiritual director, retreat leader, and author. They have been married since 1980 and have four adult sons, three daughters-in-law, and a growing tribe of grandchildren.
Kaylene and Jimm Derksen have served with Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) for the majority of their adult lives, and both currently work at EMM’s Central Administrative Offices in Lancaster, Pa. They have been happily married for 30 years and have one young adult daughter, Helena. Five years ago the Derksens were at a tired place in their lives, just going through the motions, when they were introduced to soul care through the Smiths’ ministry. Their lives haven’t been the same since. They recently received certification in soul care from Potter’s Inn and Fuller Seminary.
Soul Care Retreat topics:
- What is the soul, and how do I care for it?
- What is spiritual formation, and how does it happen?
- Stages of spiritual life — and obstacles on the journey
- Enjoying God’s presence through spiritual disciplines
- The lost discipline of living in rhythm
- Encountering the Bible as the Living Word
- Establishing a daily practice of prayer
- Regaining perspective by reclaiming Sabbath
- Quieting the soul: finding silence and solitude in the 21st century