THE CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL FORMATION

The Center for Spiritual Formation (The Center) is committed to the radical notion that we can be transformed by God to be more like Jesus for the sake of others. But our transformation is not a DIY project! It is God, and God alone, who changes us. At The Center, you will learn simple ways to practice spiritual rhythms that fit your lifestyle. These practices bring us into the presence of God so that God can change us to be and to bear God’s good news in the world. 

Retreat themes

Everything you learn at The Center is rooted in Scripture and our orthodox Christian heritage. You will learn simple ways to practice spiritual rhythms that fit your lifestyle and call you deeper into your life in God and your life in the world. We believe spiritual practices are not an end in and of themselves. Practices bring us into the presence of God so God can change us to go out and be good news in the world. 

There are eight retreats in The Center's formational series. Each retreat focuses on a spiritual practice and its relevance to our lives. 
  1. Spiritual Rhythms: Awakening to Life with God
    We all deeply desire to connect with God and with others. Practicing faithful rhythms of living, in response to these deeper desires of the heart, awakens our life with God and promotes real transformation.
  2. Sabbath, Silence, and Solitude: Living at Rest in a Hurried World
    We live in a frenetic world that depletes and exhausts us. Living in a balance of retreat and engagement with this world helps foster a life of abundance in God. 
  3. Prayer: Deepening Intimacy with God
    We deepen our intimacy with God through a relational prayer life with God. The One who is nearer to us than our very breath is made real in our everyday, ordinary lives. 
  4. Scripture: Inhabiting God's Story
    Too often we read the Bible to master it. Read prayerfully and expectantly, however, the Word of God masters us. We encounter the God of Scripture as the One who restores shalom to our broken lives and this needy world. 
  5. The Enneagram: Knowing Self, Knowing God
    Who am I? Who is God? When we discover our true and false self patterns, the essence of who we really are is unleashed. We are free to live out our truest self in God for the sake of others. 
  6. Discernment: Hearing God's Voice in a Noisy World
    Discernment can be a challenge when so many competing voices vie for our attention, but the will of God is within reach. With practice, we learn to recognize God's still, small voice and grow in delight at obeying God. 
  7. For the Sake of Others: Extending the Kingdom
    When we experience the good news of abundant life in Christ, we are compelled to partner with God in being and bearing witness to the good news in the world. 
  8. Rule of Life: Becoming Fully Alive in God
    Transformation happens in our ordinary lives through an extraordinary God. Sustaining our connection with God, ourselves, and others by practicing a rule of life positions us to better pursue the struggle of becoming fully alive in God. 

The Center Team

  • David Johnson
    Pastor, Author, Speaker

    David Johnson is a pastor, author, and speaker who served as the Senior Pastor/Teaching Pastor at Church of the Open Door from 1980-2018. read more>>

  • Anne-MArie Finsaas
    LAY LEADER

    Anne-Marie is a former Spiritual Formation Pastor at Church of the Open Door. She earned her Doctorate of Ministry in Leadership and Spiritual Formation...read more>>

  • Vicki Degner
    Spiritual Director

    Vicki is a former Spiritual Development Pastor at Church of the Open Door, who now continues to serve as a lay pastor with us. She is a trained spiritual director...read more>>

  • Peggy Lang
    Prayer MINISTRIES Pastor

    Peggy has attended Open Door since 1991. As lay Prayer Ministries Pastor, she has taught classes, led retreats, and trained people for prayer ministry...read more>>

  • Doug Lang

    lay leader

    Doug has been part of Open Door since 1991, serving on the prayer team, multiple committees, task forces, and teaching teams over the years. He chaired the governing board...read more>>

  • dawn wood

    adult life associate

    Dawn is an Adult Life Associate. She has been on staff since 2000 and is our details person. A lover of nature and animals, Dawn enjoys spending...read more>>