Devoted Living: Work as Worship – 5-7 April 2019
Given the background to this leadership retreat, we’re delighted that Sam and Sara Hargreaves will be joining us. These gifted young singer-songwriters have a wealth of experience leading collective worship in a variety of settings and styles. They do so in a way that embodies and models whole-life discipleship. Check out their biography.
We’re also thrilled that our ‘whole-life preacher’ for 2019 will be Paul Valler. The Sunday sermon has been one of the high-points of our residential events over the years and is typically published in Faith in Business Quarterly. Paul is uniquely qualified to deliver what promises to be a memorable and impactful message. You can check out Paul’s bio.
Most of our time will be spent in deep listening, deep learning and deep sharing in the company of some exceptional business thinkers and leaders. They represent a wide range of backgrounds and economic sectors yet are united in their commitment to do business for the glory of God. We will learn from their big ideas but also from the practical strategies they use to realize them. They will share insight and inspiration that has been honed from failure as much as from success.
To speak in this way demands openness and vulnerability – it is no easy task. Although their interviews and talks will be short (like TED-talks), they will be hard talks because they are heart-talks. Indeed, the content of each HEART-talk will be Hands-on (practical), Ethical, Authentic, Relational and Transformative. This reflects their purpose: to help their listeners become the leaders they were designed to be – the kind of leaders people love to follow.
We will be releasing a full list of speakers in due course but some of their details have been posted. Read the biographies of the speakers.
Some of our time will also be spent in prayer. In addition to corporate prayer, participants will be able to use a Prayer Zone for private prayer. At certain specified times, they will also be able to pray with two leaders who have agreed to act as prayer-partners. Any issue or challenge for which participants would value prayer can be shared (briefly and confidentially) with the prayer-partners. But it will be a particularly suitable opportunity for prayer focused on work. As ‘secular’ work (especially in business) is rarely included in Christian prayer, this represents a rare opportunity!