Our next open 101 retreat will be September 30 – October 2. Registration is now open! (Note that the registration deadline for this retreat is Fri. 9/16.) Contact email@example.com with any questions.
What is Faithwalking?
Faithwalking is a spiritual formation process with the end goal of joining God on mission in the world. We believe that Jesus exemplified the fully human, fully alive life by working side by side with his Father to restore things to their intended design. Because of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, we also can enter into this kind of life with the Father! Believing this, we seek to form a community of disciples who actually do the things Jesus did.
The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. (John 14:12, The Message)
Many of us are aware of this calling, this invitation to the abundant life, but something keeps us from living into it. The Faithwalking 101 retreat is an opportunity to begin exploring what that ‘something’ is.
This is not a pep rally calling you to ‘try harder’ – most of us are already trying as hard as we possibly can. Instead, it’s the chance to view our spiritual lives from a completely different perspective and to consider the possibility that we will never be free to live in missional obedience until we give God’s Spirit access to the hidden and broken places in our hearts.
Jesus declared, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30, The Message)
How does it work?
The task is not to inform the disciple, or student, about things that Jesus believed, taught, and practiced. Usually that will already have been done, and more of that alone will be of very little use. The student will already possess almost all of the correct information…But what the information they have actually represents does not form a part of their real life. In their bodily and social being they continue to be ready to act as though it were not true, even though in their conscious affirmations they accept it. (Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy)
The Faithwalking model is based on the assumption that knowledge alone does not transform. We believe that transformation is the result of giving the Spirit access to our brokenness in the context of loving community. When we do this over a period of time, we experience lasting transformation. Flowing out of this belief, Faithwalking operates around a cycle of information, action, and reflection. Participants are given a manageable amount of information, asked to put that information into practice, and then given the opportunity to reflect on the experience. This cycle repeats again and again throughout the process until what was once new and difficult and awkward becomes natural and even inevitable.