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Sustainable Faith: Retreats…

March 31, 2008

Sustainable Faith: Retreats

I have been refreshed and revitalized by a number of visits to the retreat center at Vineyard Central.  Dave and Jodi Nixon are wonderfully gracious hosts and spiritual directors.  Dave also gave input at the SMC annual church retreat in 2005. 

Dave says it takes courage to intentionally make time for retreat, for contemplation.  We are so programmed for going, going, going, doing, doing, doing.

I have been sporadic with the discipline of personal retreat.  My last personal retreat was about two years ago (Herrbrook Farm Retreat).  I see the importance of it for sustainability in ministry and for having a more grounded perspective on live now and future direction.  I hope to take some time for personal retreat in 2008. 

7 Comments leave one →
  1. beinganddoing permalink
    March 31, 2008 6:20 am

    Wonderful thing, retreats. May you find adequate time and resourcing for your retreats this year. Being filled up to overflowing is a good thing for leadership.



  2. just an apprentice permalink
    March 31, 2008 11:54 am

    Thanks. I look forward to this goal being more attainable in the transition.

  3. beinganddoing permalink
    March 31, 2008 3:25 pm

    By the way. I LOVE your current banner. Coffee should be part of retreating.


    Leon (a/k/a/ the Lonely Monk)

  4. March 31, 2008 4:24 pm

    ok – now I realize another limitation I have since I don’t drink coffee! I can’t even recognize a coffee bean!!!! I’ve been trying to figure out what those brown things were . . . at first I thought maybe an odd muffin, then I thought of course, they must be some kind of seed – but what kind? . . . or maybe a pecan??? . . . lol . . . oh my! coffee, of course!

  5. just an apprentice permalink
    March 31, 2008 4:27 pm

    How right you are. A rainy day like today. A secluded cottage. A crackling fire. A cup of java. A good book. A comfortable chair. Ahhhhh….

  6. just an apprentice permalink
    March 31, 2008 4:27 pm


  7. beinganddoing permalink
    April 1, 2008 8:07 am


    Never too late to start a good thing.


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