Flourishing

“They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.” - Psalm 1:3

Flourishing is a year-long spiritual formation and discipleship cohort where participants learn to cultivate the life of Jesus and become more like Him in deeper ways. Through a combination of weekend retreats and monthly gatherings, we equip you with practical tools to help grow a sustainable and thriving relationship with God.

Why and What is Flourishing?

We believe that growth happens best through vulnerability and trust that is experienced through intentional small groups. For many of us, our daily experience is one of surviving and hanging on, even though we try our best to follow Jesus.

Flourishing is a year-long spiritual formation and discipleship cohort where participants learn to cultivate the life of Jesus and become more like Him in deeper ways. Through a combination of weekend retreats and monthly gatherings, we equip you with practical tools to help grow a sustainable and thriving relationship with God.

Through large group teachings, small group interactions, individual spiritual practices and exercises, you will experience what it means to flourish and connect with Jesus and others. We will gather, learn, practice and reflect together to know His way.

By the end of Flourishing you will have a clearer awareness of how to cooperate with God as He invites you to become the kind of person who naturally does the things Jesus would do in any situation.



What is Spiritual Formation?

Spiritual formation is the continuing responsiveness to the experience of God’s grace forming us into the likeness of Jesus Christ, cultivated through an integrated, holistic process in partnership with the Holy Spirit, within the community of faith, for the sake of the world.  This is a whole-person approach to discipleship, incorporating all elements of life influenced by the Spirit: our spirit, intellect, emotions, relationships, resources, vocation, and physical health.


When is Flourishing?

Flourishing cohorts meet monthly for 10 months. Monthly Sunday gatherings are scheduled on the third Sunday from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and include a meal. 

We will have a one day, Saturday retreat in April and a weekend retreat in the fall whose dates are not yet posted.  We will post these ASAP.  



Where will Flourishing Take Place?

Sunday afternoon gatherings will be held at the Rainbow Express Ministry House in Matthews.

We will have one retreat within a short drive from Charlotte for a one day retreat.

We will have another retreat out of town for a weekend together.

What Will Cohorts Look Like?

We will have small groups of 4 which, at times, will be combined with other groups to form groups of 8 or 12, depending on purpose.  These cohorts will remain together throughout the year and will be assigned by leadership after much prayer. 

Additionally, each person will be given a prayer partner throughout the year that will be a part of the group of 4.  We believe that growth happens best through vulnerability and trust that is best served through intentional and small groups. 



Are There Prerequisites For Flourishing?

The only prerequisite for Flourishing is we would like you to read or re-read "Life of the Beloved" by Henri Nouwen.  It is available for purchase here on your preferred format.



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Additional Details

  • Child care is not available; participants will need to arrange that on their own.
  • We are trying to provide PDF's of our readings, however, there may be 1 or 2 books that will need to be purchased.