“We do not think ourselves into new ways of living, we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.” — Fr. Richard Rohr
Living between what is NEXT and what we “once thought we knew” can be overwhelming. Ministry burnout is real. As church leaders, our struggles to succeed, sustain, or innovate, can lead to resentments over time, purpose, or money, and eventually to depression or a sense of isolation.
In the Christian contemplative tradition, our practices aren’t escapes or coping skills. They are like journeys back home to a sanctuary within God’s time and into an interior communion with God. Contemplative practices can vary, but the power to lead from that interior place of calling requires habituated awareness and connectedness — Christ within you the hope of glory!
Begin your NEXT Church National Gathering with some recovery and grounding tools to take through the week and all the way back home. Participants will come away with:
- Sabbath rest
- Renewed awareness of our longing, and God’s nearness
- Facilitated space for wholehearted discoveries with colleagues
- Gentle practice at contemplatively noting our mind-body distractions
- Experience with welcoming prayer, releasing our attached habits
- Experience with centering prayer, consenting to God’s action within and as our very lives.
- Tools for leading contemplative group discernment
Troy Bronsink is a contemplative, an entrepreneur, and a convener. His calling is to awaken and sustain spirit-led, personal and collective transformation. Troy does this in the context of Christian ministry as stated supply minister of Bond Hill Presbyterian Church, and in the wider context of spiritual entrepreneurship as a consultant and as founder and director of The Hive: A Center for Contemplation, Art and Action. Troy is a testimony speaker at the National Gathering this year.
This workshop involves a $45 participant cost.
This event is sponsored by the Presbytery of Cincinnati in partnership with The Hive and NEXT Church.