2022 SFSAZ Conference: The Contemplative Way

February 4 & 5

All events are in Arizona timezone unless otherwise stated.


Be/Still is our monthly contemplative prayer gathering. Our goal is for it to be a shared time in quiet and listening. So, as you enter the time, you will be invited to quiet your heart and be present to God’s presence with you. We will have a short reading/quiet meditation on Scripture followed by a 20 minute time of Centering Prayer. At the end, we will leave the space quietly and bless one another as we go. There are times for a more talkative connection with one another and our heart for Be/Still is to protect this space from talking and chatting so that we can be present to God with one another. The time of our gathering will be approximately 45 minutes.

Location: Canaan in the Desert – 9849 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85028 in the chapel

Time: 6:30pm

Cost: No cost

Let us know you’re coming November 23, 2021 by REGISTERING HERE.

UPCOMING times for Be/Still

December – NO be/Still

Blue Christmas

December 12, 2021 // 5:30p
For many of us, grief and loss color the Christmas season in ways that can make it quite difficult. This service will provide space to pray and lament in ways that connect us to God’s heart. The weeks leading up to Christmas are traditionally called Advent, and focus on finding hope and learning to wait. Rather than denying pain or acting like everything is ok, we will come together trusting that He is with us.
Location: Valley View Bible Church, 4222 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Cost: free


Presented by our friends at Venture1:9

Leadership: Spiritual Practices for Vigor and Vitality

January 19, 2022 // 10:00am

Our leadership flows, not from giftedness and skills, but from a heart nurtured by intimacy with God.

Like Martha in the Gospel of Luke, leaders often find themselves worn out, distracted, and overwhelmed as they rely on their own giftedness, strengths, and skills. But the model of Jesus shows that our leadership BEST flows from a heart that is FIRST nurtured by intimacy with God.

How do we avoid the trap of ONLY relying on our own giftedness?
How can we REORIENT with practices that keep spiritual vitality alive in our lives?
What are the misconceptions that we’ve allowed to OCCUPY space in our heads and hearts?
What are the practical ways of deepening, guarding, and growing our practice of spiritual disciplines?

Led by Ted Wueste, Director SFSAZ
Location: Online
Cost: Free
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Presented by our friends at ESDA

Where Prayer Meets Action:
A Discernment Model for Boards and Leadership Teams

January 31, 2022 // 9a-3p

This conference explores several aspects of team discernment–how we seek God’s will in our work together. Team discernment is more than a set of principles and practices. It is an approach to working that recognizes God’s presence in all that we do. Our time together will include illustrations, real-world experience, and practical ideas to help your leadership team and/or board be with God in the actions you take and the decisions you make. This one day conference is for board members, Christian leaders, and spiritual directors who work with them.
This event will explore:
What it means to be a discerning team and why it is important to your mission
Understanding six impediments that keep us from practicing spiritual discernment
A process for team engagement that integrates best spiritual practices with best business practices
Practical tools for growing your “with God” work-style
Location: Franciscan Renewal Center – 5802 E Lincoln Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Team discounts available.
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The Contemplative Way

SFSAZ Annual Conference 2022

The Contemplative Way… the 2022 SFSAZ Annual Conference. We will explore the invitation and elements of living contemplatively as well as looking at the contemplative way applies to various roles and life situations such as: leadership, shepherding, marriage, friendship, etc.. Click here for a complete description. Registration is OPEN!

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Uncommon Grace: How God Shapes our Souls

February 24, 2022 // 9a-3p

Join us for a soul care day exploring God’s Uncommon Grace: How God Shapes our Souls. The day will be an exploration and experience around the shaping of:

·         Joy in Loss

·         Hope in Despair

·         Trust in Uncertainty

·         Forgiveness in Hurt

Led by Ted Wueste and Michael Donnelly
Location: Franciscan Renewal Center – 5802 E Lincoln Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Cost: Regular Registration $49,  General Membership Registration $45,  Full & Professional Member Registration $40
All materials, lunch and snacks are covered in the registration cost.

Lunch for Pastors and Ministry Leaders

A Conversation: Jesus on Friendship with John Vawter

March 9, 2022 // 

Details & registration coming soon!

Led by John Vawter
Location: TBD
Cost: TBD

MSW Ministries in partnership with the Spiritual Formation Society of Arizona presents:

Conversations with Ellen Kogstad

March 12, 2022 9a -3p

Conversation 1: Punctuation Marks in Spiritual Direction
As spiritual directors we are witnesses to the movement of the Spirit in the lives of our directees. We listen to the joys (!), the declarations (.), the season of grief or crisis (!), the musings that call for more attention(…). Also, we listen with awareness to the prompting inside ourselves that beg to be heard — later in supervision. Each direction session is layered with meaning, history and potentially confusion. Attending to the mix will serve our directees well and bring depth to our skills as directors.

Conversation 2: Celtic Christianity – Carrying Blessing for Life Transformation
Peace, blessing, inclusion, Trinity, the Big Book, liminal space, poetry are distinctives of the Celtic branch of the Christian family tree. The Celts–both historically and in the present-day Iona community–“carry blessing” into the world. We will reflect on the transformative impact of this unique spirituality and end with composing blessings to take and share with friends and enemies, family and strangers.

Cost: $20 (Lunch and materials provided)
Location: 8445 E. Hartford Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Ellen Kogstad is a spiritual director and trainer of spiritual directors. She co-founded the C. John Weborg Center for Spiritual Direction at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. She recently retired after 19 years at the seminary and was honored a Doctor of Divinity for her ministry. In addition to a private practice of spiritual direction, Ellen continues to serve as Director of Spiritual Formation at New Moms, a ministry she founded in 1983 for young mothers and their children. She is available to the 55+ team members as a spiritual director. She is married with a grown son.



Desert Contemplation: an introduction

March 25-27, 2022

This retreat introduces a specifically Christian way of contemplation rooted in Jesus, the desert fathers, and church mothers, which is characterized by a peaceful, quiet, still awareness of God’s presence.

In addition to several opportunities to be led in the practice, historical, psychological, biblical, and practical teachings will be shared.

Led by John Delhousaye, Justin Smith, Ted Wueste and Sheli Sloterbeek
Location: Chapel Rock Retreat and Conference Center – 1131 Country Club Drive, Prescott, AZ 86303
Cost: Regular Registration $379, General Membership $360, Full and Professional Membership $341

Soul Care for Counselors and Therapists

Meeting Quarterly in 2022 – More information to come

Gather together with other counselors to share, care for your soul, and discuss the needs and challenges of this season. Led by Michael Donnelly. Use the registration button to receive the link for this free monthly online event.
Location: Online
No cost
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Other Offerings


Renew: individual private retreats designed by our SFSAZ team to fit who you are and where you in your life with God. Retreats include accommodations and meals at a retreat center as well as time with a Spiritual Director and Pastoral Counselor to help process all that you are experiencing as you spend time with God. Retreats can be anywhere from 2-5 days. Let us know and we can consult with you in designing a retreat. Great for times of discernment, transition, and/or simply needing the space to reflect and be renewed in your life with God and the ministry to which He has called you.

Email connect@sfsaz.org for more information.

FORMATIO: the art of caring for souls

A two-year cohort journey in learning the art of soul care. Based around six retreats, participants will learn to more fully care for their own soul as well as coaching others in the ways and rhythms of Jesus. The art of caring for souls is companioning someone in their journey of experiencing God in awakening to the love of God, growing awareness of self and God, increasing attentiveness to His presence and voice, and abiding in/with God. This invites a lifestyle of intentional practices and rhythms that form us in the image of Christ. Some of those practices include: silence and solitude, prayer and listening, and discernment and detachment in the context of Scripture and community.   Click here for more program information.