By Rev. Herman Yoos, Bishop
Have you ever noticed that as we begin the Lenten journey to the cross by inviting others to be more intentional in their lives of prayer, service to others and self sacrifice, that we as Rostered Leaders often find it more difficult to be attentive to our own lives of prayer?
I love the old spiritual that goes, “It’s me, it’s me oh Lord, standing in the need of prayer.” I am always struck as I read the gospel stories how often Jesus left the crowds and disciples behind in order to give his undivided attention to his Father. Author Thomas Merton put it well when he wrote, “Our real journey in life is interior: it is a matter of growth, deepening, and of an ever greater surrender to the creative action of God’s love and grace in our hearts.”
How is your prayer life? Would you like to spend a day where you learn with colleagues some new ways to listen to God speaking to your life? If so, I invite all rostered leaders to join me at Camp Kinard on Monday, March 14, from 9:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pastor David Hill, a Lutheran Pastor and Spiritual Director with a Ph.D. in Theological Studies from Graduate Theological Foundation and a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Direction and Formation, will be our facilitator for this event. The cost for the day is $35.00, which includes the meal. I invite you to sign up today. You may do this online or by sending a note expressing you will be attending and a check for $35.00 to the office.
Another benefit from attending this one-day retreat is the possibility of forming some once a month spiritual direction groups around the synod with Pastor Hill.
The Rev. J. David Hill, Ph.D.
Born in Laurinburg, N.C. Dr. Hill is a graduate of Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, N.C. and received his Master of Divinity at southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He completed the Lutheran Theological Seminary’s Advanced Study Program in Columbia, S.C. Dr. Hill earned his Doctorate of Ministry (Spiritual Direction/Formation) and a Ph.D. in Theological Studies from the Graduate Theological Foundation of South Bend, Indiana. Dr. Hill is also a tribal Elder of the Lumbee Indian Tribe of N.C. He is married to Beth Bennett-Hill and the couple has one adult child, Adair.
Dr. Hill has served various ministries during his thirty-eight years as a Lutheran pastor, including Pastor Developer for Living Waters Lutheran Church in Cherokee, N.C., Calvary Lutheran Church, Morganton, N.C.Campus Pastor at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, Adjunct Professor at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, Adjunct Professor/Spiritual Director at Methodist Theological Seminary, Delaware, Ohio, Living Savior Lutheran Church, Charlotte, N.C., Director of American IndianAlaska native Ministries of the ELCA, Convener of the Native American Religious Coalition of the Carolinas, and currently is the co-coordinator of the ELCA/UMC Native American Partnership of the Southeast.
Dr. Hill is a graduate of the Spiritual Directors Program of the Living Waters Catholic Reflection Center and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte.
Dr. Hill, an experienced retreat leader/teacher, seek to lead retreatents to focus on their gentle relationship with God. His latest retreat offerings have been “The Gift of Imperfection: Thanking God for Our Weaknesses”; “Pilgrimage of the Heart, A Discernment Retreat for Those in the Midst of Choice”; “Luther and Prayer”; and “Spiritual Formation and pastoral Identity”.
Dr. Hill has served at Living Waters Lutheran Church, Cherokee, N.C.; Calvary Lutheran Church, Morganton, N.C.; The University Lutheran Chapel at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio’ Living Savior Lutheran Church, Charlotte, N.C.; St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; and Zion Lutheran Church, Hickory, N.C.