LEARNING TO LISTEN, TO LOVE, AND TO LIVE
The heart of Rhythm of Grace is an intensive spiritual formation process course designed to help integrate faith development with our everyday life.
Pilgrims are people on a journey traveling from one place to another. Followers of Christ are on a spiritual pilgrimage. The Christian’s pilgrimage moves through the rebirth of the spirit and then the awkward outward lifestyle changes. For many the journey stalls here. But the full pilgrimage is designed to continue into the treacherous and difficult regions of consistent inner transformation. The ultimate destination this side of glory, according to Scripture, is Christlikeness.
There have been many pilgrims in previous generations who have given us ‘way markers’ to mark the distinctive terrain of our inner transformation. If we pay attention to their suggestions and insights we can proceed with faith on this path of God’s vision for our lives. A Pilgrim’s Process is designed to expose followers of Christ to these classic ‘way makers’ necessary for those whose dream and hope for this life is greater than their current experience; for those who desire to be formed into the image of Christ.
Our pilgrimage is a lifelong process of spiritual formation. In every Christian tradition God has given wisdom regarding this process. A Pilgrim’s Process is an experience designed to learn from these various traditions. The outcome is to provide the necessary tools an individual will need to follow Christ through the terrain of the difficult days found in the maturing of faith development.
We do not provide a cookie cutter, one size fits all, model. Each Pilgrim is unique unto themselves. The tools provided are to be used in crafting a unique pilgrimage. Toward this goal, we utilize retreats and/or weekly classes as well as optional spiritual direction appointments designed to help integrate cognitive information with the real life experiences of each individual. The retreat combines lecture with personal time and space for reflection on God’s lifestyle invitations and the classes combine lecture, discussion, and home praxis. The optional spiritual direction appointments, occurring throughout the course and allow opportunities for the individual to question, experiment, and to receive the support necessary to achieve appropriate integration.
A Center for Spiritual Formation
“I started out to try and find a formula to get closer to God. A Pilgrim’s Process revitalized my view of life and the impact I have on those around me. For the first time, I realized that Jesus was not another thing I checked off my to-do list, but that He was there in the doing right beside me.” — Alisa Roth
“A Pilgrim’s Process exposes followers of Christ to classic ‘way makers’ necessary for those whose dream and hope for this life is greater than their current experience; for those who desire to be formed into the image of Christ. The outcome of this experience is exposure to the necessary tools an individual will need to follow Christ through the terrain of the difficult days found in the maturing of faith development.”
The Traditional Course Outline
Module 1: A look at the map: These lessons unfold the big picture of the allurement to Christlikeness. The participant will discover a clearer picture of where their heart has intended to go, the process to get there, and the means by which they will progress.
Module 2: Packing for the journey: A detailed description of the “survival kit” necessary for all who desire to move toward Christlikeness will be outlined. Additional ‘way markers’ useful for the journey will also be covered in these lessons including the establishment of a personal rule of life.
Module 3: Tracking God’s voice: The pilgrimage toward Christlikeness is only as successful as our ability to learn to track the voice of God. This workshop will equip the participant to listen and discern God’s voice based on their unique relationship with God as well as explore the many ways God's voice has been spoken.
In 2018 we will host our A Pilgrim's Process:
18.1 five week class, Unrolling the Map, Thursday evenings, February 22 through March 22, from 7-9 PM at the Rhythm of Grace Prayer Chapel housed in Ward Parkway Presbyterian Church, 7406 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64114. Click on this link to find out more and register: http://conta.cc/2r9aIuT
18.2 a weekend retreat, The Survival Kit, April 13-15, held at Conception Abbey. Click on this link to find out more and register:http://conta.cc/2r7TD4B
18.3 a weekend retreat, Tracking the Voice of God, September 14-16, held at Conception Abbey. Click on this link to find out more and register:http://conta.cc/2r9d8cX
Rhythm of Grace is a center for spiritual formation. Services assist in the process of Christian faith development. Often those who participate are reevaluating the direction his or her Christian life is heading. Evaluations occur during natural changes in life stages or through times of personal crisis. These changes can result in times of darkness, dryness, or times of simple curiosity about the Christian life and questioning, “Is this all it is? Is my life really different than before I came to Christ?” Contact us about the cost and next opportunity to participate in A Pilgrim’s Process. We are also available to provide special offerings of this spiritual formation process in your area and setting. Contact Craig, principal instructor, at email@example.com to explore the possibility of joining us or having us come to your group.