Discover God’s Call help laity, clergy reveal, use their gifts


Those who want a new experience and to get more out of being part of a church might want to attend the Discover God’s Call retreat this fall at Camp Wesley Pines.

The experience helps lay people find out what gifts God has given them to use in ministry, then they will be taken through a discernment process to learn how God may be calling them to use the gifts in their local church. In this lay led retreat ministry, church members can learn how to be better equipped for ministry and bring about renewal in their home church.

The experience begins with a 15 day pre-retreat study that helps one learn what spiritual gifts are and how God uses them. A spiritual gifts inventory is also completed. Once at the retreat, participants are divided into small groups for their gifts to be confirmed and to go through a discernment process to determine how God might be calling the participants to use their gifts. There is plenty of time for participants to get away and pray and listen to God.

In a large group setting comes time for praise and worship and to be inspired by a speaker. This year’s speaker will be John Barrett, a United Methodist evangelist from Texas. The retreat is Nov. 6-8 and cost is $145. Registration deadline is Sept. 25. Partial scholarships are available where there is financial need. 

DGC held its first retreat in a church last spring at First United Methodist Church in Batesville. Those who are interested in having a church, cluster or district retreat should plan to send three to five people to the fall retreat to be an on-site planning team. For more information about how this retreat was received in Batesville, contact the Rev. Pat Ludlam at 662-563-1799.

For information about the fall retreat at Camp Wesley Pines in Gallman, contact President Charlie Wood at 662-841-0828, Registrar Steve Seeley at 601-372-7461 or clickhere.