Praying Monk Retreat

August 2-4 at the Franciscan Renewal Center (5802 E Lincoln Dr, Scottsdale)

An opportunity for leaders to learn how to live a praying life in the midst of our busy, noisy world. Oswald Chambers said “Prayer does not equip us for greater works – prayer is the greater work.” This retreat (limited in size to only 12 participants) will help people learn how to make prayer the foundation of their lives and ministries in real, life changing ways. Praying without ceasing can be reality in our daily lives in such a way that our lives flow from vital union rather than self-reliance. Activities will include personal times of reflection, spiritual exercises, group sharing/discussion, and teaching.

Retreats begins at 4pm on Thursday and ends at 1pm on Saturday.

Cost: $265 (includes two night lodging, all meals, and materials)

Registration: FULL/email Ted Wueste at to get on the waiting list and for information about future Praying Monk Retreats.

Anxiety and Our Life with God

Saturday, September 15, 9:00-2:30

This Soul Care Day will focus on understanding anxiety and how spiritual practices can enable anxiety to be a connecting point with God. Looking at the physiology of anxiety and what Jesus says about anxiety will lead into personal reflection and crafting a rule of life for anxiety.

Presenters: Dr. Justin Smith, Dr. John DelHousaye, and Dr. Ted Wueste

Location: Franciscan Renewal Center

Cost: $60 (includes lunch, snacks, materials, and program costs

Registration: click here

Spiritual Formation Discovery

Choose Oct 8-10 or Oct 11-13

Two options (weekday or night/weekend) for this workshop to discover one’s longing for God, where one is in the process of spiritual formation, and how we can partner with what God is doing in our lives. This workshop utilized Theresa of Avila’s Interior Castle as the paradigm for discovery. Learn more by going to Click here for more information and to register!

Cost: $130

Pastors’ Gathering

October 25, details and registration information coming soon

Spiritual Directors’ Workshop

Saturday, November 10, 9:00-1:00

Join Ted Wueste and Danny Mullins as we explore “Temptations in Spiritual Direction.” What are those things that can derail a session and move us away from listening well and attending to what the Spirit is doing in a directee? We’ll share experiences and have time for personal reflection. Don’t miss this opportunity to sharpen your skills as a director and make connections with other directors.

Location: Valley View Bible Church

Cost: $25

Registration: Click here.

2019 Annual Conference: February 22-23

Trusting God in the Wilderness: Suffering, Dark Nights, & Temptation

What does it mean to follow Christ and flourish in wilderness seasons? Keynote speakers: John Coe, Debbie Swindoll, and Ted Wueste. Two tracks will be available: Self-Care (what do I do in these seasons?) and Soul-Care (how do I help others?) Registration coming late summer.

Ongoing Opportunities for Connection/Growth:

Pastor’s Formation Group

Monthly, ongoing

We meet over lunch once a month for encouragement and nurturing of our souls through mutual sharing/listening. Please RSVP to Ted Wueste.

Mending the Soul Group for Leaders

weekly over a 12 week period

Are you interested in being a part of a Mending the Soul group? Mending the Soul is a curriculum centered around healing and doing deep soul work. Often, as leaders, we don’t slow down enough to attend to our own woundedness. Contact Ted Wueste if you are interested.

Spiritual Direction Peer Supervision

In the coming year, we desire begin to help facilitate peer supervision groups for spiritual directors. Let us know if you are interested.