This 32-page, reproducible guide was first published by Christianity Today. It is an ideal introduction to personal retreat for individuals, but was designed to introduce leadership teams and small groups to quiet time off the beaten path through a 3-5 hours getaway experience to a local park, nature preserve, or a lakeside cottage. It includes:
- A letter to leaders
- The article, Alone with the One Who Know Your Name
- A pre-retreat Bible study
- Tips for success
- The retreat guide
- An opening devotion
- A participant guide to personal retreat: Quiet Waters—Living Spring
- Two options to close the retreat: a devotion or a reflective Bible study
- Permission to copy and distribute to others
From the guide, page 4:
Over time I began to take note of two specific gifts that emerge from private encounters with the Lord: stillness and rest. Stillness offers me the distinct beauty of hearing God whisper my name, as only he can do it. Rest is a gift we seek to defiantly live without and our empty hearts and threadbare joy bares testimony of this glaring reality.
The words quiet, alone, and undistracted do not describe the vast majority of my waking hours. It is in this mixture, however, that God often makes himself known. God shouts to us through the glories of his creation, but when calling my name, he speaks with a quiet, still voice.
Come. Slip away to a quiet getaway place. Bring your team, your small group, or your friends. You will never be the same