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Spiritual formation seminar

This update is from Mark McCulley, a district and church pastor in the Denver, CO area.

A day-long seminar in spiritual formation called A Deeper Walk was recently sponsored by Living Grace Christian Fellowship in Denver, CO. The seminar was led by GCI district and church pastor Larry Hinkle, and Caribbean Mission Developer Charles Fleming and his wife Carmen, each of whom have spent many years in the study of spiritual formation and prayer.

During the seminar we discussed and practiced lectio divina (spiritual reading of Scripture), examination of consciousness and healing prayer. The training counted toward CEUs in GCI’s continuing education program for pastors. Participants included GCI pastors in the Rocky Mountain district along with members of Living Grace and a few other GCI congregations.

Several participants gave positive feedback. John Barry, associate pastor of the Green River, WY congregation said that the seminar offered him “new understanding about how to look at Scripture, take it in and allow it to sink in deeply.” My wife Joanne McCulley said that the seminar was an answer to prayer in that she had been praying for a long time about the need for a ministry of healing prayer.

Our district is considering hosting a full three-day Odyssey in Christ spiritual renewal retreat next year. For information about this retreat, see http://www.odysseyinchrist.com. For additional detail contact me at mark.mcculley@gci.org or Larry Hinkle at larry.hinkle@gci.org.