A new Deeper Journey experience is kicking off on October 8-9, 2017, for those in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.  Brett and Susan Payne will lead a community through the same 8 topics as the DJ in southern Indiana.  Brett has served as a pastor of spiritual formation, soul care and worship for over 20 years. He has a master’s degree in church history from Gordon-Conwell and an M.Div. from Southern Seminary. Presently, Brett works as a Spiritual Life Coach with Crosspoint Ministry. Susan has her master’s degree in Christian counseling from Cairn University. She serves as a spiritual life coach and specializes in grief recovery. Both Susan and Brett have participated in the Deeper Journey experience led by Rich and Jim in southern Indiana. They bring a wonderful, healing presence to those they serve. 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 Brett or Susan directly if you have questions for them at brett@crosspointministry.com or 484.678.1088 or susan@crosspointministry.com or 734.604.0717.


Dates for Deeper Journey – Philadelphia

2017 – October 8-9  

2018 – January 14-15, April 8-9June 24-25October 7-8 

2019 – January 20-21, April 7-8June 23-24

Arrival at Sandy Cove begins at 2pm on Sunday, first session starts at 3pm and retreat concludes at 5:30pm on Monday.

(Note: June dates may be subject to change… those dates will be confirmed six months prior to the scheduled date)

Find more info and register at rhythmsforlife.net/deeper-journey-philadelphia/



Sandy Cove Retreat Center provides the great setting for the retreat experience. Sandy Cove is half-way between Philadelphia and Baltimore. From I-95 take Maryland Exit 100 or 100A on to Route 272 South heading to the town of North East. About three miles past the downtown district you will see Sandy Cove on the right (60 Sandy Cove Road; 410.287.5433).


Tuition for the two-year community experience is $2000, $1400 or $1200 per person for single, double or triple occupancy and includes the eight retreats, lodging and meals at Sandy Cove. Opportunities for discounts and scholarships may be available; tuition may be paid quarterly, but retreatants are responsible to pay for all eight retreats. There is also a one-time registration fee of $100 which covers administrative expenses and handouts for the eight retreats. This fee will be waived if the retreat is paid in full at the time of the first retreat.


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, 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 – Stages of Life and Faith in Spiritual Formation – Explores Christian maturity through the lens of human and spiritual development.
Spiritual Discipline: Awareness

Retreat #6 – The Role of Desire in Spiritual Formation – Explores the importance and necessity of desire in the journey of transformation.
Spiritual Discipline: Discernment

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