Second annual discernment conference is scheduled for April 4–5


Second annual discernment conference is scheduled for April 4–5

    The second annual “God is Calling You” conference on discernment will take place this coming April 4 and 5 at Hardtner Camp and Conference Center, and the Commission on Ministry is counting on its being as well-attended and successful as the first! As most of you know, this conference was requested by Bishop Owensby and will be held every year, or every other year, depending on the demand. Last May there were forty-one attendees and another fifteen or more who were members of the COM or guest speakers......we ran out of rooms in The Holy Day Inn and some attendees even stayed in hotels in Pineville....great problem to have! Since there was such an overwhelming response this past May, it was decided that we definitely should offer the same this spring!


    Is God calling you? But, of course! He calls each and every one of us to ministry by virtue of our Baptismal Covenant, but what form that ministry takes is for you to discern....maybe it is to a new lay ministry or, perhaps, to an ordained ministry, either to the diaconate or to the priesthood. How do you discern your call? By prayer, meditation, sacramental worship, and carefully listening to His whisper to you as you hear it through His people and His Holy Spirit. This conference will provide all of these facets of discernment as you hear from your sisters and brothers, both lay and ordained. Our time together will be infused with worship, music, time for Spiritual Direction, good food and great fellowship. Again, please come apart with us to the beautiful piney woods and listen to God speak to you!


    Accommodations at Hardtner for those attending the conference are: Single occupancy and Saturday breakfast and lunch – $70.00; Double occupancy and Saturday breakfast and lunch – $100.00


    This conference on discernment is REQUIRED for any individual who is thinking of formally entering the Diocesan Discernment Process.

    Registration: and click on “Discernment Conference”

    Address any questions to Laura Boyd at 1-318-869-1492, or at

    Scholarships available – Contact Kathy Richey at 318-442-1304


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