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Clergy Experience 2020 
“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.”  Mark 10:43

Clergy Letter


Dear Esteemed Member of the Clergy,


This is a follow-up to the postcard you may have seen in July 2019.
The four Via de Cristo organizations (Secretariats) in Texas and Arkansas/Oklahoma are holding a 3-day retreat at Cedarbrake Retreat Center, Belton, TX, February 10-13, 2020.
















This retreat is exclusively for ordained or consecrated leaders, Synodically Authorized Worship Leaders (SAWLs), retired clergy, and ordination candidates, and your spouses. This is a unique opportunity for you to experience a Via de Cristo “weekend” Monday through Thursday, with your colleagues and without your parishioners. We hope the timing, after Christmas, near the end of Epiphany, and two weeks before Ash Wednesday will fit your calendars well.
VIA DE CRISTO is a Spanish phrase meaning “Way of Christ,” and is a nationwide combined effort of laypeople and clergy to renew the church. VIA DE CRISTO is based on the fundamentals of Christianity, concentrating on the person and teachings of Jesus Christ. The focus is not on Via de Cristo itself, but on the environment of the community of believers and the commission to serve in their homes, churches, and communities.
A Via de Cristo retreat is 3 days long, designed to renew the body, mind, and spirit. The focus is on the layperson as the church in the world. The retreat is designed to provide a method for your congregants to develop effective lay leadership within your home church. Strengths are identified through study, worship, and fellowship in an intensely joyful and uplifting experience based on God’s overflowing grace and love. The resulting gift is the confidence to advocate God’s grace in their environments, which leads to the development of more lay resources within your congregation and community.
Via de Cristo is lay led, and is the Lutheran expression of Catholic Cursillo, very similar to Walk to Emmaus, ACTS, Tres Dias, Kairos, and other retreats focusing on spiritual renewal. It is a ministry whose intention is to renew and strengthen Christian faith. Those attending discover a new awareness of living in the overflowing abundance of God’s grace.
We would love for you to join us and experience God’s grace in a new way. We believe this retreat will not only benefit you personally, but also provide insight on how such a retreat would benefit your parishioners and ultimately your ministry, by growing leaders to return to your congregation.


The fee for Clergy Experience Retreat is $225, and payment is due by January 15, 2020.  Payment  may be made clicking on the "DONATE" button at the top of any webpage (bottom of the webpage if you are on a mobile device) or may be mailed to Jerry Gray, Treasurer, at 2433 Timber Ridge Lane, Flower Mound, TX 75028.  All checks should be made out to "LVDCNT". Please designate that the donation is for "Clergy Experience 2020".

Also complete the online Registration Form and click "Submit".

Prayers For Team

Please keep the following Clergy Experience team members from the LVDCNT community in prayer:

  • Rector: Jane Winge

  • Asst. Rectors: Rhonda Balsley, Sue Bathe

  • Rector’s Cha: Cindy Perkins

  • Ideal: Terry Hefner

  • Nature of Grace: Seminarian Meredyth Johnson

  • Laity: Kathy Bean

  • Grace for Specific Acts: Rev. Olin Knudsen

  • Piety: Leslie Herd

  • Cook Chas: Bill Roser, Marilyn Potter, Karen Wiese

  • Music Chas: Tracy Baker, Carol Van Buskirk, Rev. Janice Heidlberger

  • Dining Room Chas: Robin Mains, Jerry Gray

  • Mail Room/Palanca Chas: Carolyn Knudsen, Betty Glendye

  • Cabins/Registration Chas: Martha Steel, Kathleen Bower-Gray, Greg Hefner

  • Rollo Room Chas: Carol Otterstad, Elaine Welty