We envision The Place of Springs as a place of easy hospitality where we will facilitate encounters with God for Christians and Christians-in-ministry located in physically, spiritually and culturally challenging contexts. Guided times of debriefing, leadership development and spiritual direction will provide the 'container' for these God-encounters, as well as the beauty of nature in this locale. We will also be available simply as a place of rest and refreshment for those who need it.
Hospitality is an important value for us. Not in the sense of the decor, the cordon bleu cuisine, or the great sound system playing tunes in the background. The real gift of hospitality lies beneath the wrapping, it’s what happens in us and between us as we share these moments of relationship. Hospitality, then, is a gift we offer to the guest for whom we make room. A gift of friendship and welcome, of listening and heart connection.
As we offer hospitality, we have the opportunity to rehearse the story of God together. We receive one another - just the way we are, at whatever point in our journey with Jesus - and we live into the reality that we are accepted, we are included, there is room for us, we belong. As we listen attentively, as we adapt to the needs and desires of our guest, we remember that God the Father listens to us and cares about our needs. As we share our stories, our grief and pain as well as our joy, we are reminded of our common humanity and common need for the grace and healing of our Lord.
In this sense it becomes obvious that we do not invite guests so that we can preach at them, or correct them, or face them up to their failings. No, we invite them so that we can receive them as we have been received by Jesus ourselves, wholeheartedly and unreservedly, no matter what our state, our questions, or our mistakes.
At The Place of Springs, we value creativity. Whether making bread or pots, designing poetry or collage, turning wood or painting pictures, we believe that creativity can awaken us to the presence of God.
We offer guided processing of art-making - to help people debrief their past season, listen to their own hearts and encounter God. Time and again, we find that creativity helps people express internal realities for which they did not yet have words.
At The Place of Springs, we love to support people’s spiritual journeys by facilitating God-encounters in wild places. These encounters with God are part of strengthening people to be effective and fruitful in their lives with others.
Tim is training as a mountain guide which will enable him to lead groups on reflective hike experiences, designed as ‘active retreats’ and opportunities to become aware of God in the beauty of nature. Tim especially has in mind those in ministry, leadership, or from challenging contexts like our region who are searching for new and deeper ways to connect with God. The Place of Springs has great access to mountain trails for this kind of active retreat.
In this short video, Tim shares some of his heart for leading people into wild places to facilitate encounters
with God that strengthen them to be effective and fruitful in their lives with others.