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In the Bible, Paul talks of equipping the saints for the work of ministry.  For today's Christian, often bombarded with competing priorities, a spiritual retreat can provide the tools we need to become more saint-like in our quest to grow with God.
Church Retreats and Faith Formation
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In this essay, the author provides thoughtful and practical suggestions for designing a retreat that nurtures faith formation. She identifies varying definitions of "retreat," reaching back to the days of pilgrimages and the monastic movement, all the way up to contemporary retreats specifically geared toward church officers, choir members, female congregants, and youth. No matter the time or place, all retreats share one thing--they offer a unique and focused opportunity to do the important work of building a strong foundation for a life of faith.

That faith formation is the process by which we grow into mature discipleship. It encompasses all the ways in which we acquire the maturity we need to take our place in the body of Christ and, in turn, equip others for their ministries. It's no small task, but retreats are a natural place to address and encourage faith formation.

Nancy Ferguson is a certified educator and former day camp director at Camp Hanover in Richmond, Virginia. She lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia where she concentrates on writing resources for camps and retreats. She is the author of eight books, including The Retreat Leader's Manual (with Kevin Witt) and Retreats for Renewal: Five Designs for Intergenerational Retreats.


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