What is your plan to grow in Christ? Are you intentionally taking steps to deepen your spiritual life? Are you just hoping that going to church every week and reading your Bible will be enough to help you be established in the faith and bear fruit?
Two years ago, we began to think about how we could teach others to live a deep life in Jesus Christ. From that praying and talking, we developed Deepen Retreats, Inc. Our goal is to aid believers in deepening their relationships with the Lord Jesus Christ and living out faithful discipleship in every area of their lives.
Our retreats have two important features. Every retreat starts with twenty-four hours of silence. We put away our phones and voluntarily go silent so we can concentrate on God’s Word and what it is saying to us. Then we process the time of silence in small groups, supporting and encouraging one another. Every participant takes home his or her personally designed plan to help each grow deeper in his or her spiritual life. I have heard from the last retreat participants and those plans are still working.My retreat gave me the time and place to remove all the noise and simply focus on the presence and direction of God. – Chase Crawford, Minister of Youth, FBC, Pocahontas, AR Click To Tweet
At the close of our first retreat, participants told us about their experiences:
Steven Wood (husband, father, and volunteer): I came to Deepen Retreat anxious because I didn’t know what to expect. Now I am intimidated to go back home. God cleansed my heart and soul through this retreat. Now I am expected to go back home in the middle of the “busy.” I did not know just how road-blocked I was with God until I came to this retreat. Through the silence and seclusion, God pointed out things that I need to do differently so this roadblock could be removed.
Ricky McCord (Employee, Colorado Christian University): Silence and solitude are so essential for growing closer to Christ, yet we forget them so often in many church and discipleship settings. The Deepen Retreats allow me to stop the busyness of life, seek God in stillness, and find Him eagerly waiting.
Two Deepen Basic Retreats are coming. Both will be hosted at Camp Siloam in Siloam Springs, AR.
- Deepen Basic Retreat for Men, March 16-18. I will be teaching this retreat. More information and the registration link can be found here.
- Deepen Basic Retreat for Women, March 23-25. Our Deepen Women’s Team of Tonya Bolton, Lea Andra Foster, and Mary Norvell will be leading this retreat. More information and the registration link can be found here.
Both retreats have an early registration fee of $149.00 and regular registration fee of $169.00. Each retreat is limited to only 50 participants. We limit attendance so our retreats are small and personal. There is also some choice in room accommodations, so register early for more choice and lower costs.
This women’s retreat is our first for ladies. The leadership team is thoroughly qualified. Tonya Bolton, our teacher, is the registrar at Williams Baptist University. She founded and leads the Moms & More women’s ministry. Lea Andra Foster teaches high school and college math courses. She is married to a bi-vocational pastor and leads worship at their church. Mary Norvell, who works with Williams Baptist University freshmen and their parents, will be hosting and coordinating this retreat.
I hope you will prayerfully consider attending our retreat. Even as a retreat leader, this retreat challenges me to live more deeply with the Lord. If you cannot attend, please tell others about our retreats. Pass on this post by liking it and sharing with your social media friends.
Lastly, pray for our retreats. One day, we hope to hold multiple retreats throughout the year. And, Deepen Retreat II on prayer is already taking shape.
Scripture: Read 1 Kings 19:1-18. After his victory over the prophets of Baal, Elijah fled from the threats of Jezebel. But God called him to retreat with Him and gain a new perspective on Who God is. What do you think Elijah learned?
Dig Deeper: Adele Calhoun says, “Retreats are specific and regular times apart for quietly listening to God and delighting in his company. Retreats remove us from the daily battle into times of refreshing, retooling, renewing and unwinding.” Read Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Calhoun.
Now It’s Your Turn: What would a retreat with the Lord mean to you? Please share your ideas so we can all grow together.