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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 pull from the rhythms outlined in Ruth Haley Barton's book Sacred Rhythms.

Some of our topics include: how spiritual formation looks different in various seasons of life, how to better discern God’s presence in daily life, how to be more self-aware and attune to our deepest, truest desires, and how to incorporate life-giving rhythms & ancient spiritual practices that help us live more connected to God, ourselves, and others.

In January of 2019, we will be beginning our 6th community with a "taste and see" weekend. With no ongoing commitment beyond this one weekend, you can attend this retreat to try it out and see if the retreat experience is something you'd like to do quarterly. The focus of the teaching this first weekend will be on the rhythms of silence & solitude. Check-In at the Chiara Center is between noon and 2pm on Saturday and we'll be done by noon 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 any questions, please contact Dustin or Vicky Brown. They are happy to answer your questions or meet with you to discuss more deeply. We have a growing number of people who have gone through the experience, and they often tell us this is the best thing we do around Imago.

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 are the retreat dates for Community 6:

Retreat #1: January 26-27, 2019
Retreat #2: April 13-14, 2019
Retreat #3: July 6-7, 2019
Retreat #4: October 12-13, 2019
Retreat #5: January 25-26, 2020
Retreat #6: May 23-24, 2020
Retreat #7: July 11-12, 2020
Retreat #8: October 24-25, 2020