The Symposium is now full and no longer accepting registrations.


Is spiritual formation a priority in your congregation and community today? It’s challenging for leaders to infuse their ministry settings with transformational practices necessary to bring about heart and soul change in healthy, life-giving ways. In this Symposium we invite leaders and teams to explore readily applicable pathways that will aid you in facilitating biblical, contemplative and Trinitarian priorities with those God has called you to serve.

This symposium offers 8 sessions of interactive instruction and collegial dialogue around the process of enfolding and infusing Spiritual Formation into the life of your church or community. A creative mini-soul sabbath and optional spiritual direction will also be offered. Coffee and snacks will be provided each morning, as well as lunch and dinner provided on days one and two. We will conclude prior to lunchtime on June 22.
Invite your team to join you for this unique experience - space is limited to 48 participants.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Breakfast on your own
8:30 OPTIONAL: Pre-symposium Enneagram Workshop ($49)
12:00 Workshop concludes

Symposium Begins:
12:00 Registration open for Symposium and Welcome Reception (light lunch)
1:00 Introduction
1:30 Session 1: What is the Soul and How is it Nourished?
2:30 Break
3:00 Session 2: Feeding the Neglected Soul
4:30 Break
5:00 Dinner together
7:00 Session 3: Spiritual Community: Contemplative Discipleship and Spiritual Friendship
8:30 Evening prayer

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Breakfast on your own
8:30 Morning prayer
9:00 Session 4: Reclaiming Sabbath Rest
10:00 Break
10:30 Session 5: Spiritual Practices: Scripture, Prayer, Reflection
12:00 Lunch together
1:00 Mini Soul Sabbath: Creative Spiritual Practices
5:30 Dinner together
7:00 Session 6: Congregational Spiritual Vitality-The Why and Way of Spiritual Health
8:30 Evening prayer

Friday, June 22, 2018
Breakfast on your own
8:30 Morning prayer
9:00 Session 7: Sustaining Spiritual Health and Formation: Crafting a Rule of Life
10:30 Break
11:00 Session 8: Facilitating Spiritual Health: Leading with Heart, Soul, Mind...and Weakness
12:00 Symposium concludes

Denver Seminary
6399 S Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, CO 80120

Cost (does not include lodging):
$269/person Early Bird
$299/person Standard Registration
$249/person Group Pricing (3 or more from same org)
$49/person Pre-Symposium Enneagram Workshop (optional)

Lodging Options Nearby:
Courtyard by Marriott - Denver Southwest/Littleton
3056 W. County Line Road
Littleton, CO 80129
303.791.3001 (ask for the Denver Seminary discounted rate)

Residence Inn by Marriott - Denver Southwest/Littleton
3090 W. County Line Road
Littleton, CO 80129
303.791.3010 (ask for the Denver Seminary discounted rate)

Hampton Inn & Suites - Denver/Highlands Ranch
3095 W County Line Rd.
Littleton, CO 80129
303.794.1800 (ask for the Denver Seminary discounted rate)

Symposium Faculty:

imageSteve Macchia is the founder and president of Leadership Transformations, Inc. as well as the director of the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS). He also co-teaches the Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders Doctor of Ministry track at GCTS. Steve is a pastoral teacher, conference speaker, ministry leader, retreat facilitator, ministry mentor/coach, spiritual director, and author of several books including Broken and Whole, Crafting a Rule of Life, Becoming a Healthy Church, Becoming a Healthy Disciple, and Becoming a Healthy Team.

imageTara Owens is the president of Anam Cara Ministries. She was born in Montreal to British parents. Canadian by birth and British by blood, she now lives in Colorado Springs. Tara discerned the call to spiritual direction while completing a Masters of Theological Studies in Spiritual Formation at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto. Before pursuing a Spiritual Formation degree, she was a professional print journalist. Tara believes in the healing power of creativity in our lives—that we have been given a mandate to create and play. Come experience that at the symposium during the Mini Soul Sabbath!

imageHoward Baker is Assistant Professor of Christian Formation at Denver Seminary; is the author of Soul Keeping and The One True Thing; a contributor to the Renovare Spiritual Formation Bible and to The Transformation of a Man’s Heart; serves on the Board of Potters Inn and on the faculty of the Soul Care Institute. Howard and his wife of 43 years (Janis) have two grown children and four grandchildren. His interests include golf, skiing slow, running slow, and the development of spiritual leaders in Africa and Asia through Nexus International.

Enneagram Workshop Facilitator:

imageRick Anderson serves as the Executive Vice President of Leadership Transformations, Inc. (LTI) out of the Colorado Springs office location. Rick is a member of New Life Downtown and has a passion for spiritual formation and leadership development. He is a graduate of Biola University's School of Business, Larry Crabb's School of Spiritual Direction and Advanced School of Spiritual Direction, as well as LTI's Selah: 2-Year Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction. Rick received his training in the Enneagram from CrossPoint Ministry and has been providing Enneagram consults for individuals and couples since 2012.

Pre-Symposium Workshop (Optional)

What is the Enneagram?
Enneagram (pronounced "Any-a-gram") means "9 points" in Greek, as it is made up of 9 unique personality profiles. The Enneagram is an ancient tool that identifies one's primary personality style with its particular gifts and challenges to Christian maturity. It distinguishes the traits of one's true self (who we are created to be as bearers of Christ's image) from one's false self (who we want to be or who we want others to think we are), and it describes the primary way one engages relationships. It offers ways one can cultivate healthy relational interaction with God and with others. You may be familiar with other diagnostic tools such as MMPI, Meyers/Briggs, DISC, etc. The Enneagram is quite distinct in its approach as it illuminates not only gift (virtue) of each type but the dark underbelly (vice) that accompanies that particular gift. It is a great help in counseling, spiritual direction, and organizational/team development. Upon registering for this workshop, you will receive instructions and a personal test code to take an online Enneagram assessment (WEPSS) in preparation for the workshop. Please Note: The purpose of this workshop is explore one's own Enneagram type. This is not a certification to administer the Enneagram for others.

If you are brand new to the Enneagram, this helpful article by Alice Fryling provides a clear and biblically grounded overview. Originally published by Conversations Journal (used by permission). She has just released a new book as well: Mirror for the Soul: A Christian Guide to the Enneagram.

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