“Frenzied busyness is the number one value of American Christian leaders.”
That was the assessment of the late Lon Allison, a pastor and former Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. “When we get together in conferences, that’s what we talk about all the time, how busy we are. That must be a number one value.”
Yet if we are busy all the time, how can we be attentive to God? To our families? To ourselves?
These retreats are designed for those in full-time vocational ministry.
Across the years, many full-time ministry leaders have been assisted in finding time for reflection and renewal through personal spiritual retreats facilitated by Leighton Ford Ministries. These retreats are one more way we come alongside missional leaders as they journey through life and ministry.
Spiritual direction (or spiritual mentoring) is a centuries-old practice to help shape our lives and our service in Christlike patterns. It is modeled on Jesus, whose way of developing leaders was not classroom teaching, but life upon life … like a master craftsman tutoring a young apprentice.
The typical retreat is three days, starting with extended conversation with an experienced spiritual director, continuing through solitary time for being alone with God, and concluding with a debrief. The purpose and best use of the retreats, in our experience, is for unhurried time to be alone with the Lord, His creation, and your own innermost being. We encourage participants to not come with a big agenda or lots of reading material, but instead bring an open heart and a readiness to wait patiently on the Lord.
Please contact Sunny Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to
express interest in scheduling a retreat.
Mentoring Catalyst and Coach
Pastor, Mentor, and Author
Senior Pastor of Covenant Church
Spiritual Director, Mentor, Bible Study leader, speaker