"In solitude we find the perspective from which we can see, in the light of eternity, the created things that trap, worry, and oppress us."

-- Dallas Willard

 What people are saying...


A growing desire of clergy and lay leaders in our churches is for spiritual directors.  A primary way we are responding is through Rhythms of the Spirit, an emphasis that is a rich benefit to our ABC family to encourage the spiritual practices of our faith that lead to a great love of God and neighbor through Christ.


Susan Gillies, Interim General Secretary, American Baptist Churches USA


In an age of overstimulation and constant electronic connection, we are in danger of losing the spaces in which we can hear God speaking and restore our souls. This conference is all about coming to a place of peace and entering a rhythm in which we can commune with God and friends. I strongly encourage you to break away to enter this new rhythm for your spirit.

Ben Mott, President and CEO,  Green Lake Conference Center


Essential to the mission of the church is the interweaving of our life in Christ and our life in the world. Their intersection is a holy place where God’s redemptive work is at play. For prayer is the womb from which a richer imagination of life together springs forth and loving servanthood its handmaid. Rhythms is a wonderful opportunity to explore their essential balance and interplay in your life.


Roy Medley, General Secretary Emeritus, American Baptist Churches USA


What other Rhythms of the Spirit participants are saying...


I’m still in awe of the experience I had at “Rhythms...”...life-changing for me.


I certainly had a profound and life altering experience at the “Rhythms of the Spirit” retreat.  Thank you for the excellent music and leadership.


Thanks for faithfully leading. My family and I found the last 4 days at “Rhythms of the Spirit” to be a great blessing.


One retreat has been planned for 2020.

July 24 - 25, 2020 

First Baptist Church of Greater Des Moines, Iowa
8250 NW 62nd Ave

Johnston, IA 50131

Sponsored by Rev. Jacquline L. Saxon and the American Baptist Churches of Mid-America

Why should I attend?
What people are saying about Rhythms of the Spirit
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        Rhythms of the Spirit: Nurturing a Transformed Life
is sponsored
by the American Baptist Churches USA