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Rev. Mindi has primarily led Women’s Retreats, but is also known for Church Vision retreats as well as past Youth retreats. All of the retreats are centered around the theme of “Co-Creation.” The idea is that we are co-creators with God; created in God’s image as in Genesis: 1:26-27, we have innate creative ability that is given to us by God the Creator. When we work towards an authentic vision in our lives and in our congregations and organizations, we are co-creating that vision with God.
“Spirituality in Life and Work,” now also known as “Co-Creating Vision with Christ For Your Life.”
This is the primary Women’s Retreat Rev. Mindi has led over the last five years, covering such topics in the retreat on Prayer Practices: Deepening our Relationship with God; Finding Meaning in our Journey of Life: exploring our life’s journey so far through the mountains and valleys; Finding Time in our Lives: Slowing Down from a Fast-Paced World; and Co-Creating a Vision of my Life: using collage to creatively express a vision of our life that is in line with our hopes and dreams. This retreat was designed primarily for women who are searching for a deeper connection to God and to their lives. The first three times Rev. Mindi led this retreat the attendees were all in their twenties and thirties; the last two times, a more diverse age range has attended (one retreat she led, the youngest was in her 40’s and the oldest was 101!) Rev. Mindi has also led workshops at other retreats based on materials from this.
“Co-Creating Vision with Christ” is the title of the Church Vision Retreats. The focus of this retreat in a one-day format (or overnight) is to hone in on a simple vision statement, based on Habakkuk 2:2: “Write the vision; make it plain so that a runner might read it.” It is not the be-all and end-all of vision statements and creating a long-term vision for your church; instead, it is to help jump-start the vision process. To create a simple vision statement that the whole congregation can know and memorize–it can be one word, or a sentence–that points the way for the congregation. This retreat reminds the congregation that they are co-creators with God. We are created in the image of our Creator, and we all have been given the ability to be creative, through a variety of gifts and talents. This retreat works on finding our creative gifts and working towards a vision with Christ. Exercises during the retreat focus on what it is we want as individuals in our relationship with God, where do we get bogged down in our church life and day-to-day task. From that vision statement, churches are encouraged to follow-up in aligning their structure and mission towards the vision co-created with Christ. Many congregations go through vision processes and programs; this retreat is designed to complement that process or to help jump-start the conversation. However, Rev. Mindi also feels called to help smaller congregations that cannot afford the church-vision programs available for purchase out there or who feel that the programs do not fit their congregation, and are looking for something new, yet Biblically based.
“Empowering Faith: Gaining Trust and Confidence in Christ”
This is a newer retreat that Rev. Mindi has led for women who are searching for ways to improve relationships with God and others. Sharing tools from Family Systems theory, we explore how we can relieve our own anxiety and manage our reactivity in situations of conflict, among co-workers, friends and family. We dive in to Jesus’ teachings on forgiveness and how forgiveness is necessary for our own lives. We discover new learnings on forgiveness, what it is/is not, and the use of what she calsl “practical forgiveness.” Finally, we learn together about trusting Christ and deepening that trust in times of conflict and stress.
For clergy, Rev. Mindi has led workshops on Spiritual Writing. Using different writing exercises, we explore how we might delve into feeding our own relationship with Christ using the creative gift of writing. This is a fun workshop that Rev. Mindi leads that can be part of a retreat or a regular monthly clergy gathering.
Rev. Mindi has led other Youth retreats and workshops in the past–her “Faith and Pop Culture” for youth was always well-received, but now in her mid-thirties, and having no idea who the Kardashians are, she has effectively retired that workshop! She has also served as a Church Consultant and has led workshops on choosing Sunday school curriculum, starting up a new Youth Group, and other children’s ministries.
The two retreats she has led for women need not be for women-only. “Co-Creating Vision With Christ For Your Life” would be especially meaningful for high school juniors and seniors preparing to go to college, or for college students or young adults in general. Also, as she shared that one of her retreats had a larger age range, she found the most positive responses in that group were from people in the midst of career-change and retirees!
If you are interested in Rev. Mindi being your retreat leader or conference speaker, or church consultant, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on fees and schedule. Arrangements can often be made between congregations and organizations to share costs for her travel and presentation.
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