Focused Living: Awaken & Activate
FOCUSED LIVING is a two-part February workshop to help us do daily life with Jesus in his mission, without piling on yet more “to do’s” in our more than full lives:
The cost is $80 for both workshops if you register by January 15; $90 after that (or $60 for just Awaken and then $30 for Activate). This covers two quality workbooks, three meals, childcare through age 11, and a portion of expenses/honorarium for our leader. Scholarships are available.
Go here to REGISTER
Who can attend?
Anyone and everyone, whether from Centennial Covenant or not! Please invite friends from the community and other churches. We especially urge current and prospective CCC leaders to participate.
Why should I make time for Focused Living?
Most of our lives are packed-full and fast-paced, yet not necessarily fulfilled by engagement in God’s love for those around us. The need is not to add yet more to our busy lives, but to discover our personal callings from God in whatever we’re already doing – “everyday, everywhere.”
This need and a sense of God leading CCC all the more “out” in our mission, became all the clearer for our Elders and Pastors through our 2016 “Bearings Inventory.” It surfaced two realities: 1) most of our members feel overwhelmed by “busyness” and 2) most have a desire to serve Christ in his mission, but feel inadequate and uncertain as to where they fit in what he’s doing.
To hear the personal story of a woman who found “focus for living” through Awaken and Activate, look at the 4-minute video above on the right.
Who leads the workshops?
The primary leader will be Gary Janetzke of Church Resource Ministries (CRM) and it’s arm called “ReFocusing.” CRM is a global mission agency that includes Imago Christi which includes several CCC members. Gary, now living in Wisconsin, has led dozens of these workshops with churches. Before that he served as a Lutheran Pastor.
What will happen at the workshops?
The two workshops will include biblical teaching from Gary, but mainly guided time for self-discovery with God – both on our own, as well as in conversation with others in table groups led by either members of Imago Christi or one of our Pastors.
Awaken(Feb 2-3) will include each participant looking back to identify how God was at work in our life’s “turning points” – both pain and growth; looking at what is now our deepest values and biblical identity, and then looking to the future for lives of influence and impact – writing a “personal calling statement.”
Activate(Feb 24) will take us deeper into identifying needs around us and ways God can use us for his transforming impact; distinguishing what daily life activities need to be “saved, trashed, edited or pasted” to find more focus; and then seeing “one thing” for action prompted by God. All this will give attention to the kind of support we need from others.
Can I be in a group with particular friends so we can process this together?
One the one hand, the CRM Team has found that participants tend to benefit most in same gender small groups and so not with their spouses.
On the other hand, we highly encourage friends to walk through the workshops together. In fact, Life Groups would do well to participate together in male and female groups, and then in regular gatherings as a whole group, review the workshop process for mutual encouragement and growth. It’s been found that even group members unable to attend the workshops were able to learn and grow in that kind of follow-up.
What childcare will be provided and what will it cost?
Registration includes FREE quality childcare up through age 11 for both workshops.
What if I can attend just one of the two workshops?
You are welcome to participate in Awaken, Feb. 2-3, for $60, even if you cannot attend Activate, Feb. 24. We will look for ways to cover that important follow-up later for those who have to miss.
However, it’s NOT possible to participate in Activate, Feb 24, if you are unable to attend Awaken which is the essential groundwork in self-discovery. We will give consideration to offering Awaken at a later date if that seems needed and helpful.
What if I’m eager to participate, but cannot afford the $80-90?
Full or partial scholarships are available. Please don’t hesitate to let a Pastor know if this is your need.