Pursuing God’s Will: The Habit and Practice of Discernment

22–26 March 2021 (Mon–Fri)

My sheep listen to my voice, says Jesus.  I know them and they follow me. John 10:27

Is there a trustworthy process that enables Christians to actively seek God’s will and direction and voice relative to decisions we are making? Both as individuals, in community, and even in the context of our marriages?

In a most general sense, discernment is the capacity to recognise and respond to the presence and activity of God – both in the ordinary moments and in the larger decisions of our lives…Discernment literally means to separate, to discriminate, to determine, to decide or to distinguish between two things. Good (that which is of God and draws us closer to God) and evil (that which is not God and draws us away from God.  ~ Ruth Haley Barton

In this retreat we will explore the following:

The habit of discernment
The practice of discernment
Discerning in community and as leadership teams

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Who's speaking?

Jill Weber

Originally from Canada where she was the Abbess of a 24-7 New Monastic Community for 17 years, Jill Weber is Director of Spiritual Formation at Emmaus Road Church in Guildford. She serves on 24-7 Prayer’s International Leadership team.  Jill is also the Global Convenor of the Order of the Mustard Seed, a lay ecumenical religious order.  Trained spiritual director and a writer,  Jill loves solitary walks in nature and is passionate about helping others be awake and responsive to the presence and the activity of God in their lives.

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What to expect

Wondering what it will be like to stay at Lee Abbey for a retreat or a holiday?

You will get a warm welcome from the Community, a beautiful home to stay in, delicious meals, a well resourced library, quiet spaces to relax in, 288 acres of our estate to explore, excellent teaching, vibrant worship and entertainment. For more information about Lee Abbey’s ministry or details on how to support us, see “About Lee Abbey”. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

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Rooms to meet and relax

Spaces around the house for you to unwind, chat, learn and worship

Our great outdoors

280 acres of Exmoor coast and beach, for walks, sport and even stargazing

Meals and special diets

Three meals a day, tea and coffee are included for all guests.

Teaching and worship

There'll be sung worship and talks you can join each morning if you like

Workshops and activities

The Community will offer prayers, walks and entertainment for you

Families and children

On family holiday weeks, they'll have a whale of a time too!

Pastoral support

We would love to listen to and pray with you during your stay

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