abide the vine

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. - John 15:4-5


VISION: People will learn how to follow Jesus in intimacy and action.  This is done through:

  • Personal spiritual formation (prayer, study, other spiritual disciplines)

  • A deeper understanding of vocation and one’s unique calling

  • An integration of spiritual formation and relationships (with God and others)

  • Experiences of God’s presence as we go and serve with our gifts

INTENDED PARTICIPANT:

  • If you have a faith-life but feel stuck.

  • If you are new to the faith and want to know how to take your next steps with Jesus.

  • If you have been a believer for a long time and wondered if there is more.

  • If you would like to strengthen your impact on this world.

OUTCOMES OF THE EXPERIENCE:

  • An overview of the Christian life

  • Deeper knowledge of personal spiritual gifts and abilities

  • Self-care for leaders and an experience of the spiritual disciplines

  • An understanding of the power and importance of servant leadership to Christ’s church and Christ’s world


FORMAT: One-Day Workshop/Cohort Experience.  

We have 4 workshops over eight months.  These will be deep dives into curriculum and experiences.  The four areas of focus are:

  • Spiritual Formation (Prayer, Study, Sabbath, etc)

  • Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (Spirituality of Relationships)

  • Vocation and Spiritual Gifts (Enneagram)

  • Living on Purpose (Integrating Formation and the Power of Service)

Outside these days, personal exercises will supplement the workshop content (individual readings and exercises).  This might include readings, online communications, podcasts, and personal exercises. 

During the eight month experience, people will be placed in cohort groups.  These groups will be made up of four or five people, mixed gender.  The purpose of these groups will be to move the content into discussion and practices. These groups will meet twice a month to talk about their experiences, share their insights, and encourage each other’s growth.

This experience will conclude with each individual creating a “Rule of Life” or an intentional plan for a future with Christ and the Church.


SCHEDULE:

    •    Optional Abide Community Social Event  5/8 (7-8:30pm at Jack and Liza Martin’s home. 401 Bulian Lane Austin, TX, 78746)

    •    Workshop #1 (Spiritual Disciplines) 6/8

    •    Workshop #2 (Emotionally Healthy Spirituality) 7/13

    •    Workshop #3 (Strengths / Enneagram) 9/14

    •    Workshop #4 (Putting it Together / Rule of Life) 11/7 (a Thursday night)


COACHES

Spiritual Disciplines Coach:  Steve is the founding pastor of Genesis Covenant Church in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, and he lives with his wife Mary and their three boys near Minneapolis, Minnesota. Steve loves creating ways for people to expand their understanding of God, themselves, and how they interact with the world.

Spiritual Disciplines Coach: Steve is the founding pastor of Genesis Covenant Church in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, and he lives with his wife Mary and their three boys near Minneapolis, Minnesota. Steve loves creating ways for people to expand their understanding of God, themselves, and how they interact with the world.

Enneagram and Gifting Coaches: Kimberly & Coach are a speaking duo on a mission to recharge, retool, and rehumanize leadership. They often use the enneagram and other personality tools to help leaders improve their workplace culture. They love the way the Enneagram can help a church community show up with compassion and grace for one another. And they're both 7s, so come prepared for some antics and shenanigans :)

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Coaches:  Jill & Paul have been married for 23 years and have both worked for churches in Baltimore, Salt Lake City and here is Austin. They are passionate about developing community that encourages others to grow closer to God as they grow closer to one another. They love the EHS material as it goes beneath the surface of our faith to explore new possibilities for spiritual growth.

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Coaches: Jill & Paul have been married for 23 years and have both worked for churches in Baltimore, Salt Lake City and here is Austin. They are passionate about developing community that encourages others to grow closer to God as they grow closer to one another. They love the EHS material as it goes beneath the surface of our faith to explore new possibilities for spiritual growth.

Putting it Together Coaches:  Architects of the Abide Experience, Mark and Ron will bring their experience in life and ministry to the community. The goal for this gathering is to pull together the different aspects of this experience so that participants can form an intentional plan for the life ahead.

Putting it Together Coaches: Architects of the Abide Experience, Mark and Ron will bring their experience in life and ministry to the community. The goal for this gathering is to pull together the different aspects of this experience so that participants can form an intentional plan for the life ahead.


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