Growing Your Soul

An intensive nine month experience of communion and spiritual formation

“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”
John 17:3

“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine”
John 15:4

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Romans 12:2

What is “Growing Your Soul” about?

“Growing Your Soul” is designed to deepen your communion with God, with a small group of fellow pilgrims and with one particular spiritual companion of your choice.  It is a nine month journey seeking further transformation into the image of Christ.  Since communion and transformation are integrally linked with self-awareness, one of Augustine’s prayers expresses a central hope of this course.  “Grant Lord that I might know myself and that I might know Thee.”  The course is an invitation and opportunity to cooperate with the Holy Spirit’s purposes in our lives through intentional choices with a small group of fellow God-seekers.

Who is this class for?

The class is designed for people who are hungry for more of God and more of God’s purposes in their lives.  These pilgrims need, above all else, an open and honest heart towards God and one another.  They must be willing to grow in self-awareness and self-disclosing communion with one another.  They must have an open mind and be willing to explore a variety of Christian traditions and engage in a variety of spiritual disciplines which may go beyond their previous experiences.  They must be willing to covenant together to make this journey a priority in their lives for the entire duration of the course.

If you are interested in participating in this group, please complete the assessment below. Questions? Contact Pastor Glenda at glenda.simpkinshoffman@viennapres.org or our Director of Community Engagement, Kim Snyder at kim.snyder@viennapres.org.

What are the time requirements?

The course includes weekly meetings from mid-September through mid-May, and two group retreats.  Each participant is also asked to make a personal retreat day sometime during the course and to meet weekly with a spiritual companion of their choice.  During the nine months please anticipate spending a minimum of 30 minutes a day in devotional reading, prayer and other spiritual disciplines, personal reflection and journaling.

Growing Your Soul

We’re very pleased that you’re interested in “Growing Your Soul.” We’re not looking for perfect people or those necessarily involved in a multitude of religious activities every week. We’re looking for people who are hungry for more of God and more of God’s purposes in their lives. “Growing Your Soul” is an intensive nine month experience in communion and spiritual formation and it does require significant time and energy, self awareness and personal sharing, as well as an openess to explore a variety of practices and traditions within the Christian faith. Because of the nature of the group and the time commitment required, this may not be for everyone. It’s likely that we will have more interest than openings. We’re looking for a mixture of people who can journey well together with a diverse breadth of spiritual experience and maturity. Our hope is that these questions and the personal dialog session will guide all of us in this discernment process. Thanks for taking the time to answer them. Forms that are received by mid August will be considered in the first selection round so you are encouraged to submit yours as soon as possible. After receiving your written assessment, someone will contact you for a phone conversation.
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