Exploring Your Spiritual Journey
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 the 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.
Note: There will be two EYSJ programs running simultaneously. One will be held in the Jackson, MI area, and the other will be in the Metro-Detroit area. The retreat for both groups will take place August 16-17th at Emrich Retreat Center, in Brighton.