Free Leader Guides for Weekend Retreats:
As a secondary mission, Cross Point Ministries will assist guests of the retreat by developing teaching plans and small group Bible studies for use at the retreat. From our experience in working with youth groups, we recognize that planning an agenda for even a short weekend retreat is very time consuming. Therefore, Cross Point Ministries intends to offer leaders materials specifically written to match the opportunities for worship that Cross Point offers. Under the guidance of our Advisory board, Cross Point Ministries intends to develop fresh and interesting materials that will be (1) consistent with the core concepts of the Christian faith, (2) "experiential" - maximizing the opportunity that the retreat offers for experiencing God's presence rather than simply talking about it, and (3) user friendly for the leaders who will be bringing groups to the retreat.

Recommended Reading on the Subject of Ancient Spiritual Disciplines:
Mark Yaconelli, Contemplative Youth Ministry: Practicing the Presence of Jesus (Youth Specialties 2006)
Tony Jones, Soul Shaper: Exploring Spirituality and Contemplative Practices in Youth Ministry (Youth Specialties 2003)
Adele Ahlberg Calhoun, Spritual Disciplines Handbook - Practices That Transform Us (InterVarsity Press 2005)
John Ortberg, The Life You've Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People (Zondervan 1997)
Thomas Merton, The Silent Life (Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux 1957)
Henri Nouwen, The Way of the Heart: Desert Spirituality and Contemporary Ministry (Ballantine 1982 or Seabury 1981)
Richard J. Foster, The Challenge of the Disciplined Life: Christian Reflections on Money, Sex & Power (Harper & Row 1985)
Dolores Leckey, The Ordinary Way: A Family Spirituality (Crossroad 1982)
Helen Bacovcin (translator), The Way of a Pilgrim and The Pilgrim Continues his Way (Doubleday 1978)
Robert Brancatelli, Pilgrimage as Rite of Passage: A Guidebook for Youth Ministry (Paulist 1998)
Wayne Muller, Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives (Bantam 1999)
Kenneth Boa, Historic Creeds: A Journal (NavPress 2000) and Sacred Reading: A Journal (NavPress 2000)
M. Basil Pennington, Lectio Divina: Renewing the Ancient Practice of Praying the Scriptures (Crossroad 1998)
M. Basil Pennington, Centering Prayer: Renewing an Ancient Christian Prayer Form (Doubleday 1980)
Thomas Keating, Open Mind, Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel (Continuum 2002)
Pierre Wolff (translator), Ignatius of Loyola, The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius (1997)
Anthony DeMello, Wellsprings: A Book of Spiritual Exercises (Doubleday 1985)
Henri J. Nouwen, Behold the Beauty of the Lord: Praying With Icons (Ave Maria 1987)
Glenstal Community, The Glenstal Book of Prayer: A Benedictine Prayer Book (Liturgical Press 2001)
Phyllis Tickle, The Divine Hours: Prayers for Springtime: A Manual for Prayer (Doubleday 2001); The Divine Hours: Prayers for Summertime: A Manual for Prayer (Doubleday 2000); The Divine Hours: Prayers for Autumn and Wintertime: A Manual forPrayer (Doubleday 2000)
Robert Webber, (translator and adapter), The Prymer: The Prayer Book of the Medieval Era Adapted for Contemporary Use (Paraclete 2000)

Internet Links:
To assist our guests in the exploration of ancient spiritual disciplines, we offer the following links. We have not researched every corner of each of these sites, and we do not want to imply that we adopt any belief or statement that you might find at these sites. We offer them as a resource only and suggest that you be guided by the discernment of the Holy Spirit as you explore their content.

www.monksofadoration.org
www.contemplativeprayer.net
www.prayingchurch.com
www.contemplativemind.org
www.contemplativeoutreach.org
www.sacredspace.ie
www.sacredgateway.org

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