Retreats gift people precious space to encounter God and take stock of their lives. It offers the chance to step outside of a normal routine and into intentional spiritual practices like prayer, reflection, and rest — all of which are crucial for discernment. Consider hosting a retreat focused on calling in your congregation. Check out materials below from two retreats created by the Communities of Calling Initiative leadership team to get started.
Treasure in Clay Jars: A Retreat for Congregations
A day-long retreat drawing on metaphors of pottery to invite retreatants into individual and communal discernment.
I feel like the language around metaphor was so deeply helpful to me in understanding how imagination helps to release insights and wisdom during periods of discernment.
—Treasure in Clay Jars Retreat participant
Trails: A Retreat for Young Adults
A half-day retreat introducing young adults to practices of vocation and discernment.
This retreat reminded me of the power that comes in authentic conversation with others. Discerning a path is tough and sometimes scary, but knowing that we are not alone is so helpful. I also learned how important it is to ask big questions and not be afraid of what you find. Some of the best things in life are difficult but looking back it is worth it and then some!
—Trails Retreat participant