sa·cred adjective \ˈsā-krəd\ dedicated or set apart for God
sacred. was born out of our conviction and God’s promptings that, while there is much to learn about God from seminars, sermons and classes, there is just no comparison to actually creating space in our lives to engage directly with Him. Over the past few years, we have experienced personally and witnessed directly, the amazing work of transformation that can happen when you create a healthy rhythm of going away to meet with God for an extended time.
We are committed to creating spaces which are “set apart” for intentionally meeting with God. Jesus modeled this lifestyle of routinely withdrawing from the demands of life to spend extended time with His Father. Our hope is that, you too, will create a rhythm of going away to meet with the One who knows you better than you know yourself. God longs to remind you who you are and what he intends for you to do. Your life does not need to feel “insane.” We want you to walk away from this time with God saying, “My life, all of it, is sacred……period.”
Gail and Joan are looking forward to meeting you. Here’s a bit about their own story.
It is Gail’s passion to see people discover and live out a vibrant, power-filled and intimate walk with Christ in the midst of our very complex world. She finds deep satisfaction and joy in guiding and walking alongside people of all ages and backgrounds in their spiritual journey.
Gail has served in ministry in many capacities over the years. As a member of Willow Creek Community Church, she has mentored women and men, led small groups and coached leaders. She has taught classes on parenting, leadership, prayer and spiritual formation; as well as served on various ministry advisory boards, including ten years as an elder at Willow Creek. Gail has also spoken frequently at conferences and retreats on small group leadership, solitude, prayer, and spiritual formation. Presently she teaches a spiritual formation class and provides personal spiritual direction. She has received her Spiritual Direction certification from The School of Spiritual Direction through Sustainable Faith. She is also a facilitator for oneLife Maps.
Gail has travelled broadly, growing up in Central and South America. She’s a graduate of Baylor University and holds a Master’s Degree from SMU in Dallas. Prior to moving to Illinois, she worked in the Dallas area as a speech pathologist and as a systems engineer for IBM. For enjoyment Gail likes long walks in creation, traveling abroad, experiencing new cultures, reading, and deep conversations with friends and family over a good meal. She and her husband reside in Dundee, Illinois and have two grown children.
Joan’s mission is to create spaces to help people “connect the dots” on their spiritual journey and find God’s story in the midst of their everyday lives. She loves walking along side others as they grow in Christ. Joan has been a member of Willow Creek Community Church for over 20 years. She has been involved in leading and teaching in several ministries around topics including parenting, grief, gratitude, joy, life story, marriage, mentoring and stewardship. Joan currently serves as Director of Facilitator Development for a ministry called oneLife Maps (www.onelifemaps.com). She also currently teaches a weekly spiritual formation class at her church. Joan listens to men and women as a Spiritual Director and received her certificate from Sustainable Faith led by David Nixon.
Joan is a farm girl at heart and grew up in central Illinois. Joan is a graduate of University of Illinois in General Engineering. She worked as a consultant in the manufacturing/food industry for a large consulting practice and then started her own consulting business. Joan and her husband John have four children and live in Palatine. She loves reading a good book, flying down a hill on her bike, a walk in God’s creation or a lively conversation around the dinner table with her kids and husband.
An article written by a Sacred Retreat attendee…
The time my psychiatrist sent me on retreat
He leaned back and sighed. “I think what you need is a spiritual experience.”
Katherine Willis Pershey
A podcast with Joan and Gail
Making space for God to Restore Your soul
“Listen to My Life: Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story” by Sharon Swing and Sibyl Towner.
A video by a retreat attendee…
Sacred Retreat Recommendation
Brian Booth - Executive Director, St. Peter Lutheran Church and School
Statement of Faith
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