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Formation Communities


Okay, you've come to the place in your spiritual journey where you want something more, something meaningful and significant. Something beyond attending church and serving in the ministries. Or maybe not beyond, but at least something that gets to your soul.

One the anwers to this desire you feel - at least here at Imago - is our formation communities.

St. Francis of Assisi Church Our formation communities are a 2-year commitment consisting of quarterly 24-hour retreats (8 retreats in total). Each retreat is held at the beautiful Chiara Center just on the outskirts of Springfield. Every retreat is a blend of teaching, community time and silence, punctuated by the rhythms of liturgical prayer held in the St. Francis of Assisi Church. As our basis for our retreats we (mostly) follow the rhythms outlined in Ruth Haley Barton's book Sacred Rhythms.

In January of 2018 we will be beginning our fifth community with a "taste and see" weekend. With no ongoing commitment beyond this one weekend, you can attend this retreat to "try it out," to see if the retreat experience is one that might scratch your spiritual itch. The focus of the teaching times on this weekend will be on the rhythms of silence & solitude. Check-In at the Chiara Center is between 1:30 and 2pm on Saturday and we'll be done by 11:45am on Sunday.

If you find the experience is profitable, you then have the opportunity to commit yourself to the longer 2-year community.

If you have questions you may contact Charlie or Vicky Brown. They will either answer your questions or put you in contact with one of our alumni. We have a growing number of people who have gone through the experience once and many of them would love to share their experience with you.

The cost of each retreat is $135, which covers your room, 2 meals, use of the Chiara facility and other expenses incurred by the church. If money is the only thing stopping you, please contact one of our pastors and we can discuss some options.

To sign up, you can fill out the form and pay here.

And finally... here the dates for Community 5:

Retreat #1: January 13-14, 2018
Retreat #2: April 7-8, 2018
Retreat #3: July 14-15, 2018
Retreat #4: October 6-7, 2018
Retreat #5: January 26-27, 2019
Retreat #6: April 13-14, 2019
Retreat #7: July 6-7, 2019
Retreat #8: October 12-13, 2019