in partnership with
Spiritual Directors Colorado
(As part of the LCG class, each participant is asked
to design and lead a retreat or small group. Some of the retreat/groups
are shared here, and you are free to register for and participate in by
contacting the leader directly.)
The Good Seed: Bearing Fruits of Faith
A one-day retreat for men and women based upon Mark 4.
Led by Ramona Ndlovu
March 6, 2010 at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church, Elizabethtown, PA
here for flyer and registration details (.pdf format)
Opening Space for God
An overnight retreat for time spent in silence, reflection, sharing,
movement, and rest
Led by Jane Rohrbach (firstname.lastname@example.org)
March 14-15, 2010 at Mariawald Renewal Center, Reading, PA
here for flyer and registration details (.pdf format)
About the LCG Program:
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Any who desire to integrate contemplative practices
in group and retreat leadership and in personal life:
- lay leaders
- youth ministers
- all who are in specialized
"I appreciated the whole
process, from the opening retreat, through the preparation and
feedback of the group, to the concluding retreat. I'm glad I took
the program. It has given me more tools and confidence that I can do
a contemplative retreat of some form. The outcome was worth the
labor, and I'm grateful for Kent's wisdom and counsel."
How can we
create a safe environment for seasoned believers and youthful
seekers to recount their sacred stories and find direction? If you
feel called to lead spiritual retreats or short-term groups, this
experience will provide skills for creating a contemplative ethos in
limited time and for mining participant’s gifts. As we model this
meditative atmosphere, you will experience ways to build community,
balance presentations with silence and conversation, and to
incorporate prayer with music, movement, films, and art. Designing
an event prepares leader’s own heart and mind; out of this awareness
of gifts and vulnerabilities the leader prepares the event.
Kent Ira Groff,
mentor of Oasis Ministries and a graduate of Shalem Institute, is a
retreat leader, spiritual companion, and writer poet in Denver,
Colorado. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he has been conducting
contemplative retreats and groups at conference centers, seminaries,
and campuses in the U.S. and abroad over two decades. Kent’s
Active Spirituality, The Soul of Tomorrow’s Church,
What Would I Believe If I Didn’t Believe Anything?
He describes his work as “one beggar showing other beggars where to
find bread.” Kent is coordinator for continuing education with
Spiritual Direction Colorado.
Keith Braucher, D. Min.,
is a pastoral counselor and spiritual director serving as pastor of
Discipleship and Care at Hempfield United Methodist Church,
Lancaster, PA and is a graduate of Oasis Ministries.
a spiritual director and graduate of Shalem Institute, has directed
Newcomer and Small Communities programs at St. John Neuman Catholic
Church, Lancaster, PA.
former English and writing teacher, is a graduate of Oasis
Ministries and helped establish and pastor a micro-church network.
Crystal M. Lyde
is a retreat
leader and commissioned lay pastor of Port Royal and Mexico
Presbyterian Churches in Juniata Co., PA, looking to ordination.
a Presbyterian pastor who has served churches in Cumnock, Scotland,
Williamstown, N.J., and Gladwyne, PA, is a spiritual director with
training from Oasis Ministries.
18-19, 2009 - 3p.m.-9p.m. Friday (supper); 9a.m.-4p.m. (lunch)
2010 - 3p.m.-9p.m. Friday (supper); 9a.m.-4p.m. (lunch) Saturday.
Between an opening retreat in September and a closing retreat in
April each participant (or teams of two) will prepare and lead a 1-2
½ day retreat or a 4-6 week group back home incorporating
contemplative prayer practices. The October retreat will form Peer
Groups of 4-5 (each with a trained facilitator) who will connect
with each other between October and April by e-mail, phone, online
or face-to-face to support each other and give feedback in planning
and leading each participant’s event.
after August 31).
application fee of $150 ($200 after August 31) must be received by
September 15 and cannot be refunded after this date. A second
payment of $150 is due October 1; the balance of $150 is due
November 1, 2009.
application due date is August 31; final due date September 15. Each
applicant is asked to write a statement about why this program seems
right at this time, and list one person who is supportive of this
process of spiritual growth and ask the person to write a
“reference” letter. The program is limited to 24 participants.
(Limited scholarship assistance.)
Christ Presbyterian Church, 421 Deerfield Road, Camp Hill, PA.
was offered in Denver in 2008-09.)
will offer conference rates for those not commuting.
Quality Inn New Cumberland - special rates for
the group in September 2009 and April 2010: $65.00 per night per
room + 9% tax. (the rate is good for at-least 10 rooms booked, if
less than 10 rooms it will be $75.00)
This rate includes Complimentary Continental Breakfast.
To book hotel lodging contact hotel directly at:
175 Beacon Hill Blvd
New Cumberland, PA 17070
are asked to start preparing by August for the opening retreat. 1.
Begin readings with a bibliography that will be sent; 2. Have a
spiritual director relationship in place; 3. Secure approval of a
church or other community in which to offer a retreat or short-term
group. You may lead either (or both if desired) in your local
setting or at a retreat center or site of your choice.
CLICK HERE for the course
Format: Beginning and
ending retreats, Friday through Saturday will create a spiritual
laboratory. Built into the program are community-building and
PEER GROUPS. Participants
will be in established peer groups at the opening retreat. These
will be one of the on-going touchstones between retreats.
ON-LINE FILES. Folders will
be established at www.box.net
for the class so that participant retreat designs and
reflections can be uploaded/downloaded and reviewed.
CURRICULUM. A bibliography
will be given to each participant upon registration. The
interpersonal curriculum will include due dates of when
participant-led retreat/groups will occur so that participants
can hold one another in prayer and offer feedback. Blogs may be
used to encourage conversation about various leadership topics
through the year.
There will be built-in evaluation. After the opening retreat, each
participant will write a
(1-3 pages) outlining
their goals and plans for leading their group or retreat, and submit
it to his/her peer leader and peer group for feedback, then lead the
event. Afterward, each participant will write a final
paper (3-6 pages)
reflecting on their learnings and integrating their leadership
experience with the readings.
You will take away
methods to facilitate community building; to balance silence and
interactive presentations; to foster meaningful sharing in limited
time; to harvest learners’ own insights; to incorporate creative use
of music, art and movement; to create retreat days in and
contemplative practices in the ongoing life of their organization.