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Spring Teaching Retreat for Pastors & Christian Leaders: Listening Together; Deciding Together



One of the most pressing needs of the church in our day is that we foster, together, our capacity to decide well — together.  And more, to find a way to allow the process of prayer and discernment to inform the decisions we make.   This retreat will consider how the ancient principles of discernment can shape what it means to be the church today.   We will consider how diversity of opinion and perspective is essential to the process; and how a process of communal discernment can draw on the wisdom that emerges from critical reflection, hopeful realism and good analysis of our circumstances. Our approach, of course, assumes that God is with us in the process of choosing well, for the sake of the faith communities of which we are a part.

Equipping and Encouragement for Church Leaders: Staffs, Ministry Teams, Deacons and Elders!


Gordon T. Smith

President and Professor of Systematic and Spiritual Theology

Ambrose University College & Seminary



Cost | Includes snacks, lunch and all materials

$25 Early-bird Registration (before April 1, 2014)

$35 General Registration

Click here for downloadable event details and registration: A Day of Renewal Registration.

Print and mail with payment to:  RMNW PO Box 458 Mukilteo WA  98275

Hotel Accommodations are available for out-of-town guests at Best Western Alderwood, Lynnwood. Mention “RMNW” for conference rate of $70/night. Call direct (425) 775-7600 to reserve.


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Fri. May 2, 2014 9:00am - 3:30pm

Facilitated by: Renewal Ministries Northwest

North Creek Presbyterian Church


621 164th Street SE
Mill Creek, WA 98012

$25 Early-Bird (before 4/1)

Second Saturday Sabbath Prayer

A time, place & space set apart for renewal;

allowing you to engage in rhythmic practice of Sabbath, retreat and prayer.

Christ-centered – every retreat is anchored in Scripture to facilitate transforming encountersSSSP Cross through prayer with Jesus.

Guided – led by gifted Pastors and Spiritual Directors; retreats are guided by a short teaching time and accompanied by prayer exercises to provide structure for guided prayer and reflection.

Rhythmic – “Praying the Jesus Way”; a monthly, rhythmic incorporation of Sabbath-keeping through spiritual retreat and prayer.

Accessible – Hosted at locations through-out the Puget Sound.

Affordable – $15, coffee & tea provided.



May 10, 2014

Inglewood Presbyterian Church, Kirkland; Facilitator, Rev. Dr. Paul Strawn

June 14, 2014

North Creek Presbyterian Church, Mill Creek; Facilitators, Rev. Denise Easter & Rev. Dianna Kunce

July 12, 2014

North Creek Presbyterian Church, Mill Creek; Facilitator, Rev. David Rohrer

August 9, 2014

Madrona Presbyterian Church, Seattle; Facilitators, Rev. Denise Easter & Rev. Dianna Kunce

September 13, 2014

Madrona Presbyterian Church, Seattle; Facilitator, Gretchen Covey, Spiritual Director

October 11, 2014

Edmonds Presbyterian Church, Edmonds; Rev. Dr. Robert Slater

November 8, 2014

Edmonds Presbyterian Church, Edmonds; Facilitator, Rev. Dr. Paul Strawn

December 13, 2014

No SSSP – Please Join us for our 2014 Advent Prayer Reteat


To register: email renewalministries@live.com

Sat. May 10, 2014 9:00am - 12:00pm

Facilitated by: Renewal Ministries Northwest

Inglewood Presbyterian Church

(425) 823-9334

7718 NE 141st St
Kirkland, 98034


Spring Prayer Retreat – Finding Your Rhythm: Developing Your Own Way of Life

What is a rhythm of life?

Why should we consider having one of our own?

How do we create our own?

A personal Rule, Way or Rhythm of Life, hones our attention and intention so that we can live fully and well in this world, choosing the focus of our lives rather than just hoping our lives will communicate what we want.

This all-day retreat day will offer a rhythm of instruction, quiet reflection and prayer. By the end of the day, you will at least have a beginning to your own rule of life, with understanding of how to complete it.

Please bring a Bible and a journal.  All other materials will be provided.

. . . it takes the Rule and the Common Life to untie all the knots of worry and trouble and unquiet that gather in your head when you are living on your own.” ~ Thomas Merton


Facilitated by Rev. Kimberly Crispeno

Kim Crispeno

Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Kimberly Crispeno serves as Parish Associate at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Shoreline, WA.  Prior roles have been as Interim Associate Pastor at Calvin and as Chaplain of Small Group Ministry at Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Hopewell, NJ.  A 1995 graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, Kimberly enjoyed her time as a chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital in New Jersey and working with singles ministry at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City.

Kimberly comes from a family full of ministers—at last count—eleven.  She feels blessed to build on this strong heritage while still bringing her own unique stamp to bear on ministry.  She sees her vocation as multi-faceted—that of mother, pastor, and artist.  As the mother of three children, Kelsey (18), Cameron (14) and Colby (12), Kimberly constantly sees how her vocation as a mother informs her call to ministry.  Just as in parenting, she notes that in spirituality one cannot hurry growth, but rather cultivate and amend the soil, plant the seeds, and then watch in wonder as God brings about transformation and growth.  As a mother and a pastor, Kimberly is used to the juggling acts we all perform and desires to help others find a rhythm and a balance and to find new ways to see how God speaks, acts and moves in our busy, ordinary lives.

Living in Edmonds, WA with her realtor husband, Carmen, and their children, Kimberly is always open to those gifts of time where she can squeeze in some writing time or engage in some other creative act.  She loves to garden, cook, dabble in the visual arts, read, visit thrift and antique stores, and spend time nurturing her relationships with family and friends.

Click here for downloadable Interactive Registration Form (pdf). Print and mail with deposit or payment to:  RMNW   PO Box 458   Mukilteo WA  98275

Sat. Jun 7, 2014 9:00am - 3:00pm

Facilitated by: Rev. Kimberly Crispeno

Calvin Presbyterian Church


18826 Third Avenue
Shoreline, WA 98177

$50 includes materials, snacks & lunch

5-Month Guided Prayer Retreat

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What are the Spiritual Exercises?

The Spiritual Exercises are an invitation to renew and deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer and meditation on Scripture. The Exercises are not intellectual exercises – teaching a set of theological propositions, but rather a series of prayerful meditations on Scripture that help us to clarify and deepen our devotion to Jesus Christ.

What does the commitment look like?

1. We meet one Saturday a month from January to May.

2. A commitment to a daily time of prayer. You are provided with guided prayer exercises to aide you in your daily times of meditation and prayer.

Facilitated by: Rev. Denise Easter, Rev. Dianna Kunce, Rev. Dr. Bob Slater

Location: St Mary on-the-Lake Peace & Spirituality Center, Bellevue

Cost: (includes retreat materials and snacks).  $50 deposit due at time of registration, 1/2 of balance on first day of retreat, final payment in March. Payment plans & Scholarships available upon request.

Early-Bird Discount (before January 1, 2105)

Regular Registration

Married Couple

Retreat Alumni

*NPSP Clergy may apply to COM for scholarship funds.

Dates of January to May 2015 5-Month Guided Prayer Retreat:

Saturday, January 24, 2015 – 9AM to 4PM *lunch provided

Saturday, February 28, 2015 – 9AM to 1PM

Saturday, March 28, 2015 – 9AM to 1PM

Saturday, April 25, 2015 – 9AM to 1PM

Saturday, May 30, 2015 – 9AM t0 1PM

Click here for Downloadable 5-Month Registration form (pdf)


Group spiritual direction is a gathering of the Spiritual Exercises Retreat participants to assist one another in an ongoing awareness of God in all of life.  Our intention is to assist one another in our deepening awareness of God as we journey through the Spiritual Exercises Retreat.  Participants seek support for their responsiveness to God and agree to support others in that same responsiveness.  Three conditions are essential to the life of the direction group. Members agree to:

  • commit themselves to an honest relationship with God
  • participate in the group process through prayerful listening and responding
  • to open their spiritual journeys for consideration by others

The depth of sharing necessary in group spiritual direction is grounded in a common trust of God’s desire for each participant individually as well as the group as a whole.

When asked by a friend how she prayed for her, a thirteenth-century anchoress, Julian of Norwich responded “I look at God, I look at you, and I keep on looking at God.”  Put simply, the group’s challenge is to keep on looking at God for each person in the group.

Group meetings will be approximately 1 hour in length, and meet from 1-2pm at the Retreat Center following each Ignatian Retreat. For maximum effectiveness, group size is limited to 7 participants.  There will be an additional charge per session.

Rev. Dr. Robert Slater will facilitate the group direction.

INDIVIDUAL SPIRITUAL DIRECTION appointments will also be available with Rev. Denise Eater, Rev. Dianna Kunce, Rev. Dr. Robert Slater or Rev. Dr. Paul Strawn.

Sat. Jan 17, 2015 9:00am - 3:30pm

Facilitated by: Renewal Ministries Northwest

Peace and Spirituality Center in Bellevue

1663 Killarney Way
Bellevue, WA 98009