"We live, in fact, in a
world starved for solitude, silence, and privacy,
and therefore starved for
meditation and true friendship."
[C. S. Lewis]
retreat, the participants are encouraged in their personal prayer
life using lengthy times of silence, directed Bible study, sacred song and
the sharing of bread and cup... all designed to re-instate a sense of
closeness between the believer and their Redeemer.
It's simple, it's quiet, it's
from "orison," a word for prayer which deals more specifically with reverent
prayer. We have created zones -- prayer places -- for our participants to
open themselves up more fully to their Creator through personal times of
praise, seeking forgiveness, expressions of thanks, and opportunity for
The approach is uniquely Christian.
We try to avoid denominational dogma while staying as true to the Word of
God as possible in our planning and execution of each retreat.
retreat can be carried out with a few or many. 10-25 is ideal.
This one is definitely designed
for an overnight retreat; the format and content can be
adjusted to adapt to the group (women, men, couples, deacons/elders,
college, choirs, etc.). In fact, due to my music background, we have one
especially designed for singers.
A one-day format can be used, but the
more time provided on the schedule, the more we can accomplish --
particularly with the times of silence which are pivotal to our approach.
While we much prefer to conduct these
retreats at retreat centers, we can do them at the church.
You will also receive materials to
continue an on-gong
Orizone approach when you return
to your local congregation.
Want to introduce your
people to a biblically-based,
practical look at worship?
church history, literature, art and music,
staged as a Retreat, Workshop, Seminar, or Conference. I can adjust the
material for a two-hour seminar or a two-day retreat.
long been my passion, and now I've developed some of that into material to
help lay-people better understand what worship is and why we are CALLED TO
This is not a
heavy-duty boring seminar. While there are plenty of phacts and
philosophies, there's also a good bit of humor involved. Participants will
be challenged to understand what we do in worship (especially corporate
worship) and to become more effective worshipers.
I try to stay away
from worship styles or music preferences. Whatever the style or music-usage,
the principles of approaching the throne of Almighty God in worship are the
same. Admittedly, I am a traditionalist when it comes to worship planning
and execution; I un-apologetically prefer the great hymns and anthems of the
church. However, I understand that those are simply means to the ultimate
end: genuine worship. So I set out to keep that at the forefront of these
In fact, in most cases, I can skew
this material toward the way you worship at your place. That seems to be the
best way to communicate with the weekly worshiper.
works for a
variety of groups from church staff, to choirs, Sunday School classes,
deacon/elder groups... even college students.
Each participant will be provided with a workbook for
event. Much of this material will be designed just for your group.
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