Restoration of Sabbath Retreat 2013
Recreating Life and Ministry
Enjoy a solace of Scripture and Sabbath Rest as we rediscover the biblical basis for balanced living and recreative ministry.
The Lodge at Simpsonwood, Norcross, GA
April 26-28, 2013
Fresh attention is being given the ancient practice of Sabbath rest these days, most likely because speed, information and unending demands are crushing the joy out of our lives. Our need beckons us back to the ancient invitation to enter God’s holy rest. Despite renewed interest, actually practicing Sabbath can seem virtually beyond our reach. The Restoration of Sabbath retreat will follow a gentle rhythm: one day spent in conversation about Sabbath possibilities and practices, followed by a dusk to dawn Sabbath day experienced together. Our goal is that participants will leave motivated by thoughtful conversation, and inspired by an experience of holy rest.
Drawing from insights in the Genesis creation story, we will explore various elements evident in the narrative which can refresh life and ministry. Among the many concepts evident there, we will focus on time and its role in helping to order life, the nature of Sabbath and its function as a necessary complement to activity, and the importance of creating boundaries if one desires to function healthily in ministry and life in general. Through the focus on these and other related ideas, we will build a biblical basis for balanced living and recreative ministry.
“Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. It still remains that some will enter that rest. There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest.”