Each retreat discussion includes brief introductions to congregational development material. This material is relatively general to provide a common basis of understanding and can be added to retreat time as needed. To some extent, this approach is dangerous in introducing concepts without providing all of the skills needed to execute upon them. Yet organizational leaders never can wait to know everything before they begin to lead. Church leadership is less dangerous when leaders have solid foundations and ask God to be with them. A basic overview of congregational development creates a common language for further dialogue and development, gives church leaders a basic understanding of their oversight responsibilities, and leads to further study and growth. With a basic understanding of a discipleship process, church leaders are able to get up to speed more quickly, recognize their own areas of giftedness more readily, and better discern areas in their context that are particularly important for further study.
Together the materials on this website will help leaders of churches who are hearing a call to mission, discerning what that call means in their unique contexts, equipping themselves to help Jesus make new and stronger disciples, and helping people come to meet, know and serve Jesus. When these things happen, a congregation will become spiritually renewed and invigorated and grow to reach and form disciples for Jesus.
We hope that these guides and short reflections will be helpful to you and pray with Saint Paul "that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power" (Ephesians 1:17-19).