Exploring Your Spiritual Journey

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Exploring Your Spiritual Journey (EYSJ) provides intentional time to slow down and listen to what God is calling you to do in the midst of every-day living.

EYSJ is for:

  • Those wishing direction in lay ministry
  • Anyone seeking ordination

Take time to:

  • Walk with others as you explore your spiritual journey
  • Identify your gifts
  • Understand what God is calling you to do
  • Identify the tools you will need for your ministry
  • Develop a plan to gain he skills you will need
  • Interact with qualified facilitators on a regular basis

The Exploring Your Spiritual Journey (EYSJ) Program is for any person who is seeking to understand God’s work in his or her life. If you feel there is more to life than day-to-day living, then EYSJ may help you discern how God is calling you to live.

Exploring Your Spiritual Journey is a discernment process that responds to the calling of the Holy Spirit and honors lay ministry as well as ordained ministry. The inclusion of people discerning a special direction in lay ministry together with those who sense a call to ordained ministry will enrich all who seek a focused and deepened ministry to serve as Jesus taught in the church and in the world.

During the EYSJ year, in the midst of a Christian community, you will walk with a group of fellow seekers reflecting on God’s call and on what it means to keep covenant with God. Reflection and prayer lie at the heart of this program. Through reflection and prayer you are led to a closer walk with God, in quietness to hear what God asks of you. In this community you will share a common life of discernment and exploration. You will reflect on your spiritual journey, identify your spiritual gifts and determine the resources, training and experience you will need to effectively carry out the unique ministry you have discerned.

The EYSJ year begins with the Opening Retreat, a 24-hour experience of spiritual reflection and sharing with others who are also seeking God’s purpose in their lives.

January 2018 Group will not be held. Please apply for the September 2018 – waiting list now being formed!

The EYSJ 2018 January session was cancelled, but we are taking names for our September 2018 session!

For further information and registration instructions, see the links below or contact Knena Causey – kcausey@edomi.org or by phone at (313) 833-4423, or toll free at (866) 545-6424.

Exploring Your Spiritual Journey (EYSJ) provides intentional time to slow down and listen to what God is calling you to do in the midst of every-day living.  EYSJ is for both those wishing direction in lay ministry as well as a requirement for anyone potentially seeking ordination.  You will walk with others as you explore your spiritual journey, identify your gifts, understand what God is calling you to do, identify the tools you will need for your ministry, and develop a plan to gain the skills you will need.  Space is limited!

Registration: Registration is via application only.  Completed applications must be received in the Whitaker Institute office on or before September 1, 2018.  Download EYSJ Application.

September 2017 Dates:  EYSJ began on Sept 8-9, 2017 with an overnight retreat.  Schedule as follows:

EYSJ Application

Time(s):  Each session will go from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location:  Opening retreat for the January 2018 Group location to be determined.  Subsequent meeting locations will be held in the Detroit metro area.

Course fee:  $1,000. Scholarships are available as are monthly payment plans.  A $50 deposit is required to process the application. Download the Whitaker Scholarship Application.

For further information and program application:

A Short Guide to the Exploring Your Spiritual Journey Program
EYSJ Application

Spiritual Director’s List (download): Make take a moment to download.
Spiritual Directors list

Questions?  Email us at kcausey@edomi.org.

You can now register online.  Filling out the form below, along with your $50 deposit will hold your place in the class.  (You can also elect to pay whatever amount you desire, if you wish to pay more than the $50 deposit)



4800 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48201-1399

Phone: (313) 833-4423  *  Fax: (313) 831-0258

Email: kcausey@edomi.org or vhesse@edomi.org

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