Retreat helps laity hear call from God


Special to the Advocate

Spending a weekend learning how to and listening to God’s call on your life is an outstanding experience, say those who have attended Discover God’s Call.

“I really enjoyed the small groups, and getting to know people personally,” said Linda Phillips of Crystal Springs. “The music and worship times were very special. The leadership team was the greatest. I could feel and see God’s love shining through all of them.”

A Discover God’s Call retreat is led by laypeople and designed to equip other laypeople to become more effective in ministry in their local church. Beyond that, it is an opportunity to get away for a weekend and fellowship with other Christians and listen for God to speak to you.

“I highly recommend DGC to anyone desiring to find or affirm their place within the body of Christ. A DGC weekend will provide an environment to learn and hear from God,” said the Rev. Carl Heberg, a United Methodist pastor.

Some who might have attended other lay renewal retreats might wonder if Discover God’s Call would interest them. Debra Galloway of Benton says yes.

“It is not a repeat of that experience,” she said, “but is a wonderful complement. God will build on your previous experience to show you where and how he wants you to show his love in everyday life and in your church.”

The next retreat is scheduled for Nov. 2-4 at Camp Wesley Pines in Gallman, and the registration deadline is Sept. 21. The registration deadline is set early because participants work through a 26-day, pre-retreat study. When they arrive at the retreat, participants will experience fellowship, praise and worship, an inspirational speaker and affirmation in a small group of fellow Discoverers.

The speaker will be the Rev. Taylor Gallman of Gadsden, Ala.

The cost of the retreat is $145. For more information call Steve Seeley, retreat registrar, at 601-372-7461 or DGC Chapter President Mike Norcom at 601-924-4666.