We are always looking to equip people in the work of leading others into the contemplative life. 

Our Training Fund is a collection of goals targeted for the growth and development of others in our network. 

 

SEED MONEY FOR THE SCHOOL OF URBAN FARMING
Goal of $5K

Robert and Erin Lockridge have done a remarkable job of tending the Convent garden and delivering fresh organic produce to our dinner table.  What a gift to us and our guests! They’re also gifted teachers, so we’ve encouraged them to design a 1-year training program that draws young leaders into their work and gives them a vision for urban farming. We’re convinced this will be wildly successful, and it represents a dream we’ve had for Sustainable Faith to resource leaders who then resource other leaders! Your gift here would free them to focus more on developing this school.

 

ACCELERATED TRAINING PROGRAM FOR LEADERS IN THE SCHOOL OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTION
$6.4K

The growth in the School of Spiritual Direction has been startling. We’re in 5 major cities now (Cincinnati, then Houston, Indianapolis, Atlanta, and Denver) and are considering 5 others (Oklahoma City, Chicago, Boston, Phoenix and Portland). But the number of cities we can be in is limited by the number of leaders we have in place to lead them! A limiting factor in expansion is, of course, having leaders ready to facilitate these training groups. So we’d like to launch a training group that’s specifically for leaders who intend to launch new cohorts. We’re proposing to fly in 4 quality leaders to Cincinnati from different parts of the U.S. and training them in the curriculum and our process. They would each commit to 4 training modules. We would subsidize their travel costs. If we assume $400 per trip per person, we’re at $6.4K for a fully underwritten program, and this gives us the potential of launching in 4 new cities in 2014.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THE SCHOOL OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTION
$1.8K per person

We’ve always wanted to make training in spiritual direction as affordable as possible — some training programs run $3K or more! — and we’ve made it a point to scholarship individuals when the need is present, even if it means we take the hit. A gift of $1,800 will scholarship one individual completely!


TRI-STATE PASTOR SABBATH RETREAT
$10K

For the last 9 years, our Director Dave Nixon, has had the great pleasure of serving Vineyard USA as a staff member (spiritual director) for a remarkable 10-day retreat. These retreats are offered 2x each year around the country to pastors who are in burnout / crisis or to pastors who have worked without a significant break for several years. The feedback from those who attend is profoundly moving. We have the experience and expertise to host a  tri-state retreat. If we can underwrite and do the first one on our own (a 7-day retreat for 5 couples), then we’re in a great position to receive grants for ongoing funding through groups like the Lily Foundation. Your gift here would provide a week of salary to 6 staff members, lodging for 5 couples, and food for 16 people.