Spiritual Growth of the Worship Team During a Weekend/Weeklong Work Retreat
Your time with us is not only about work. It is also about the spiritual growth of each member of your group. We want the group to see this experience as an act of worship. Whether they are mowing the lawn, helping a widow, serving lunch to a child, eating with the group or just playing volleyball, we want the members of the group to see these experiences as an act of worship. That is why we call you a Worship Team.
I urge you, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship. –Romans 12:1
Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. –Colossians 3:17
There are several activities that you will be involved with to enable this to happen.
- Morning devotional time with Good Works staff/interns. This time is intended to help the group see their service as an act of worship. The focus is educational about how God views people who struggle with poverty and our response.
- Participation in Timothy House evening activities. The Timothy House serves people who are struggling with poverty and have found themselves temporarily without a home. Members of the group may participate in the evening meal and activities that follow. This will depend on how many volunteers are already present in the house and what days of the week you are present. If it looks like this may be a possibility, we will discuss this with you.
- Use of Carter Cabin. We really want the members of your group use our retreat cabin; to help you get times of “holy rest” and to provide a time for prayer and Bible reading in solitude.
- Evening Gathering. Beginning at around 9:15 each evening you will gather for worship and reflection. Although the interns will initiate this time, you have the flexibility to put into place elements that you feel are important. This could include singing, group Bible reading, reconciliation among group members, testimony, or processing the events of the day. If the weather is nice, this can be around a campfire or you can use the amphitheater stage . If it is chilly, or for any other reason, you may gather in the Hope Center.
- The Good Works TALK – Most often this is the time that Keith Wasserman will be with your group, discussing how Good Works started as well the philosophy and vision that guide us in the work that we do today. If Keith is not able to do this, one of the other staff will share this story and their own journey with Good Works.
- Contextual Discipleship. It is our commitment to create contexts in which people can grow in their relationship with Jesus. We call this contextual discipleship. We understand that some people do not yet recognize that God is working in their lives. It is our hope that all of us can grow in this. But we intentionally create these contexts so that those who are followers of Christ and those who are not can interact in ways that are not threatening.
The evenings (prior to the Evening Gathering) with Good Works are set aside for your use. We encourage you to develop activities that will balance the work of the day with recreational times that bring the group together again. Basketball and volleyball are available to your group as well as hiking the trails on our property.
We also hope to lead a Closing Session at the end of your time with us. The intention here is to help your group process what happened during the week. Your involvement in this is critical and you should speak with the staff or intern beforehand to express your priorities. This is a great opportunity to speak a word into the lives of the group and begin to have them think about what they will do with the experience after the get back to their home.