Deeper Journey is a two-year, eight-retreat experience held at Country Lake Retreat Center just north of Louisville, KY. 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.

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.  We promise it will be well worth the investment (take a look at what others have to say about it).

The 2017 dates for Deeper Journey 6 are February 2nd-3rd, April 13-14, August 3rd-4th, October 12th-13th. (you can also find the dates on Events Schedule).  The final retreat will be in January of 2019.  The cost is $240 per retreat with a one-time registration fee of $150.  For more information you can contact us at


If you live in the Philadelphia, PA area check out the Deeper Journey – Philly experience.

If you live in the Cleveland, OH area check out the Deeper Journey – Cleveland experience.

Retreat Topics

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



My time in Deeper Journey has been amazing! Rich and Jim painted a picture for me of what true union with Christ could be. That has significantly increased my longing for God.

If you have ever wondered, “Where is this power so often spoken of in scripture to change my life?” the Deeper Journey community is a place to begin your search.