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Spiritual Formation Discovery held in Richland–Don’t Miss out!

Posted on by Deidre Havrelock

I’m going to attend the Spiritual Formation Discovery in Richland, WA on Jan. 7-9 (or Jan. 10-12). What is Spiritual Formation Discovery?

 

Spiritual Formation Discovery is an interactive group process which assesses your place in your spiritual journey by bringing clarity to your past spiritual experience in light of a clear process of spiritual growth, and then showing you how to cooperate with God more intentionally in your ongoing spiritual formation. Through this process, we trust that God will give you a deeper glimpse of His love for you and your future by –

Empowering you to live as an authentic follower of Jesus.

This means looking within your heart asking:

Come discover God’s longing for your abundant life!

 

Affect Your World the Way Jesus did His

Whether or not God has given you a formal leadership position, He nevertheless calls you to disciple others into a deepening relationship with Jesus. Your ability to be a blessing to others directly relates to the degree of your personal transformation into the likeness of Jesus. What you pour into the lives others comes from what God has done and is doing in your life. Therefore, God’s formative work in you equips your ministry to others. Personal intimacy with the Trinity, lived out in authentic community, is key to the process of spiritual formation. We can only lead where we have been; lasting change can only happen in a church when it has first happened in its leadership.

Click here to watch testimonies from Discovery participants.

 

Register for Discovery

Richland, WA

Both Discovery events are held at West Side Church “North” Building
615 Wright Ave
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 946-4656

Weekday Discovery
January 7-9, 2013, 8:30am – 5:30pm
Cost is $160 and includes materials, snacks and lunches.
Click HERE for more information and registration.

EveningsWeekend Discovery
January 10 – 12, 2013, 6:00pm – 9:30pm on Thursday and Friday; 8:30am – 5:30pm on Saturday
Cost is $120 and includes materials, snacks and Saturday lunch.
Click HERE for more information and registration.

What better time is there to seek God for clarity than the new year? Of course, this is something we usually do alone, but to join with others is a blessing I look forward to. This event reminds me of a book I read over four years ago. It’s called The Interior Castle by Teresa Avila. Like the Discovery event, this book helps to guide us into paying greater attention to our souls and the kingdom of heaven which dwells within us: “For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you”  (The New King James Version. 1982 Lk 17:21).

Just recently my daughters and I discovered that we all share a reoccurring dream, that of finding a new room within a house that we either live in or have just bought. We Googled this kind of dream and found that numerous people share it. In my dream, I find a room where everything is new (to me) even though it is all antique furnishings. I love this dream because it’s like finding treasure inside my own house. This is the basis for Teresa’s Interior Castle. As Teresa says, “Let us imagine, as I said, that there are many rooms in this castle, of which some are above, some below, others at the side; in the centre, in the very midst of them all, is the principal chamber in which God and the soul hold their most secret intercourse.”

I read Teresa’s book over a five day period while praying and contemplating where the Holy Spirit had led me. It was a great week, full of insight and clarity. It’s always a good idea to take time to pay attention to your soul and see the fruit of the Holy Spirit growing inside you as well as the new things God is calling you to.

Happy New Year!

-Deidre


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