What is Be Still Retreat
Be Still Retreats are offered over a weekend (Friday-Sunday). It is the intention of this ministry to design a time for those attending to discover what the Bible says about relationship to God, and to His Son, Jesus; providing opportunities to grow and learn through extended and focused quiet times with Him. To learn more about the philosophy of the Be Still Retreat, please read the drop down tab labeled WHO WE ARE, and go to "retreat" in the Bible.
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What is a Study Retreat
"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." ~ 2 Timothy 2:15 ~
Be Still Retreats are held annually (usually in the fall) in three locations - Washington, Idaho and Oregon. They run for a full weekend. Study Retreats are a little different.
The BSR Study Retreats are one night retreats offered at various intervals throughout the year, providing further intense study and fellowship. A Study Retreat is intended for individuals who seek extra time to invest in studying God's Word and sharing with others to enrich their spiritual journeys and experience Christian growth. The format for a study retreat moves between solitude, reflection, study, and group sharing of insights with other study retreat members. It is in the interaction between the individual study and group reflection and sharing experience that will enrich and deepen our understanding of the Scriptures and encourage our spiritual growth.
Elements of a Study Retreat
•Direction from a mentor or spiritual teacher
•Study of a selected theme or Biblical topic
•Solitude/personal study time
•Group reflection and sharing
•Participation in group learning
•Meal conversations with retreat participants
Solo Study in Solitude
This retreat has been designed for individual study and reflection in silence. Cell phones are prohibited or must remain on silent. Please feel free to bring your own study tools to assist you in your study times. Several concordances, Bible dictionaries and study resources will be available, but not enough for everyone to use at the same time. It is important to bring your own Bible, Strong's concordance, Vine's Dictionary of New Testament words, etc., along with other writing materials you deem useful. If you bring music, we encourage the use of personal CD headsets/IPODS for the consideration of the other retreat participants. We have several CD headsets & worship tapes available for the weekend.
Group Reflection and Discussion
Scheduled group sharing times about what we study will prove invaluable for each retreat participant. Often it is only in discussion or even debate that we fully realize the meaning of something or its significance in our lives. Others may have a different insight that we lack. Group reflection, thinking and discussing will enhance our understanding and the transformation process.
Remember: We come to God's Word to be transformed, not to only amass information. The difference between Study and Devotion:
• In study a priority is placed on interpretation - what it means.
• In devotion the emphasis is on application - how I live out its' meaning.
The two go together - we seek to understand in order to discover life transforming truth.
BSR "Silent" Retreat
What is a "silent" retreat
The silent retreat is the same length as the regular weekend retreats, with the difference that there is minimal talking among participants during the weekend. Larger amounts of solo time are provided for each attendee to spend in the study of God's Word and prayer; to put into practice the disciplines of solitude, silence, journaling, prayer and study (in particular). Meal times provide table conversation centered around each other's study, learning, and reflection.
S4/5 & S4/10 Retreats
What is S4/5 & S4/10
The S4/5 and S4/10 retreats are designed to extend your personal retreat experience for Seeking the Savior in Silence and Solitude (meaning of S4). Although we are together for five or ten days respectively, conversation will only be during meal times; providing maximum solo time.