The Invitation

THE INVITATION TO JOURNEY TOWARD WHOLENESS

The Invitation Retreat

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive. ~ from The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

We invite folks to notice their longing for more; their longing for the adventure of being alive, alive in Christ; their longing to dismantle the false self and awaken the true self. (Galatians 2:20)

We invite people to risk choosing a life that opens to God and allows their truest, deepest desires to be stirred and known.

We invite fellow pilgrims to acknowledge their hunger as a signal of readiness to be guided in the ancient spiritual practices. These are time-tested, proven ways of increasing God’s grace in our lives to receive what our hearts most ache for.

Spiritual disciplines are the main way we offer our bodies up to God as a living sacrifice. We are doing what we can do with our bodies, our minds, our hearts. God then takes this simple offering of ourselves and does with it what we cannot do, producing within us deeply ingrained habits of love and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. ~ Richard Foster

We invite all into intentionally living. This is our overarching aim. Through God’s grace and our cooperation, we minister to hungry hearts and thirsty souls through formational programs, retreat leadership, spiritual direction, and supportive resources. These means of grace are activities in our power to place us before God to reshape our souls and transform our lives.

In the final analysis, there is nothing I can do to transform myself into a person who loves and services as Jesus did except to make myself available for God to do the work of transforming grace in my life.”–– from Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation by Robert Mulholland

We invite you to join us in a disciplined pursuit toward wholeness. The spiritual formation[1] offerings you’ll see here are God’s invitations to you to change, to grow, to step into something unexpected. Many of these opportunities invite you to stay a while, to soak a bit, to give God time and space to shape and form your inner life to inform your outward walk.

Where do you start? Notice what offerings draw you, what invites you. Take a risk, say yes, and see where it leads.

[1] For a glossary/definition of terms click here.