We are excited to announce a Deeper Journey for those in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Tom Pussel will lead a community through the same 8 topics as the DJ in southern Indiana. Tom has planted two churches and served in pastoral ministry for ten years. He earned a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary and has done chaplaincy work with Cleveland Clinic. He is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. Tom participated in and led small groups in three Deeper Journey experiences in southern Indiana. Here are more details:


Deeper Journey is a two-year, eight-retreat experience. It provides a comprehensive spiritual formation experience in light of the unique challenges of life and vocational ministry in the 21st century. The quarterly retreats offer an integrated approach of biblical theology and Christian psychology within a worshiping community. The experience includes worship, teaching, small groups and personal time. Each retreat highlights at least one spiritual discipline and provides space for the engagement of the discipline.



Feel free to contact Tom directly if you have questions for him at tom@crosspointministry.com or 440.503.3588.


2015 – January 30-31, May 1-2, July 24-25, November 6-7

2016 – January 29-30, April 29-30, July 29-30, October 28-29

The retreat begins at 7:00 p.m. on Fridays and goes to 9:00 p.m. Saturdays are 8:30 until noon.


Retreats will be at the AXA Financial Office located at 16300 Delaware Avenue in Lakewood, OH (44107). From I-90 take the McKinley it into Lakewood. Turn right on Hilliard followed by a right on Woodward. Follow Woodward to Delaware traffic light intersection. AXA Financial is on your left at the corner of Woodward and Delaware.


Tuition for the two-year comment is $100 per retreat ($800 for all eight retreats). Tuition may be paid before each retreat or for a discounted rate of $700 if paid before the first retreat. There is also a one-time registration fee of $75. There is scholarship help for those who cannot afford the entire tuition.


Deeper Journey is designed for those who are serious about nurturing and protecting their souls. If this is what you desire and can give a day and a half every three months, CrossPoint will make it possible for you to engage this experience. We promise it will be well worth the investment. Here is a brief overview of what is covered.

Retreat #1 – Essential Dimensions of the Soul in Spiritual Formation – Explores foundational dimensions of the soul’s formation in Christ.
Spiritual Disciplines: Silence & Solitude

Retreat #2 – The Voice of God in Spiritual Formation – Examines the role of Scripture in formation and the challenge of truly listening to the voice of God.
Spiritual Discipline: Contemplative Reading of Scripture

Retreat #3 – Communion with God in Spiritual Formation – Attends to the gift of communion with God with an emphasis on the role of prayer in formation.
Spiritual Discipline: Meditative & Contemplative Prayer

Retreat #4 – The Necessity of Self-Clarity in Spiritual Formation – Explores the invitation for a deeper self-understanding in Christ through the use of the Enneagram. Attention is given to the dynamics of personality in formation.
Spiritual Discipline: Examen

Retreat #5 – The Role of Desire in Spiritual Formation – Explores the importance and necessity of desire in the journey of transformation.
Spiritual Discipline: Discernment

Retreat #6 – Difficult Realities in Spiritual Formation – Explores the difficult realities of pain and failure which require grace and truth so that we may fully enter the experience of transformation.
Spiritual Disciplines: Forgiveness & Confession

Retreat #7 – Rhythms of Life in Spiritual Formation – Attends to the need of formulating a rhythm of spiritual practices that honors God, nourishes the soul and blesses others.
Spiritual Disciplines: Simplicity & Sabbath

Retreat #8 – Sustaining the Journey of Spiritual Formation – Provides a summary overview of the previous seven retreats with an emphasis on elements needed to sustain a personal journey of Spiritual formation.
Spiritual Disciplines: Gratitude & Spiritual Direction