Parakaleo Retreat | 14 - 17 May
During the second week of the Intensive, we will be hosting a Parakaleo Retreat for wives of church planters. It will be held at the STAR Church, alongside the Intensive.
Parakaleo is an organization that walks alongside women in church planting. The reality is that couples go into church planting together. They are called, assessed, and sent as a unit. But from here forward the focus shifts to the planter. Parakaleo, the Greek word for "coming alongside," is dedicated to ensuring that both members of this team receive gospel-centered training and care. Specifically, Parakaleo creates relational space for women to engage a robust gospel that frees them to embrace and to live their truest identity. Couples have a high success rate for the survival of their church and their marriage when both are trained and coached.
To Participate in Parakaleo, email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you'd like to attend. For those of you who live outside of Taipei, we would recommend arriving Sunday evening and departing on Friday or Saturday, depending on if you'd like to join the Intensive for the last day.
Parakaleo typically costs $300 USD a participant but CTC would like to honor women in church planting by covering these costs through gracious donor support.
Monday | 9am - 4:30pm
The Issues We Face
The issue that ministry wives face are unique. These issues can either cause growth or stagnation. They can be areas where we can fly or flounder. Often core issues not only define us, but mark our ministry. We will discuss these issues in light of what God says about who we are. We will learn that looking through a gospel lens can bring freedom on our journey.
TUESDAY | 9am - 4:30pm
When Desires and Longings Collide
In these sessions we will discuss how our story in light of God's story impacts everything. With a new awareness of our story and a deepened appreciation of the gospel, we gain the desire and the courage to face the issue of idolatry. In these sessions, we will address our insatiable need to make our life work and our adept idol-making skills. We will learn to recognize true and false repentance and examine how desires and longings in our lives play out in ministry.
Wednesday | 9am - 4:30pm
Styles of Relating in Community
When under pressure, we revert to our preferred styles of relating while often clueless as to how we impact those around us. In these sessions we will examine our chosen styles of relating and how repentance may look. We will learn how various styles interact in community and our tendency to resolve conflict apart from the gospel. We will examine ways to live in community without using power or status to bring about change.
THURSDAY | 9am - 4:30pm
Calling and Role Navigation
As men and women in Christian ministry we are very good at doing, yet grapple endlessly with being. We often think of our value in terms of our roles, responsibilities, and reputations. But is that really who we are? In these sessions we will learn to hear more clearly from God who HE says we are: our identity; and how he longs for you and me to join Him in a particular way as He redeems all things.
"Everyone who has been through church planting knows that it is a family affair. It's 'all hands on deck' - the church planter's wife and children are deeply involved. Yet spouses of church planters at most get a chapter in books on church planting - if they are fortunate. Here, however, Shari Thomas and Tami Resch have written and assembled an entire volume, filled with all kinds of tools, helping wives to not only cope with the intense thing that is church planting, but to grow powerfully and minister effectively. I'm grateful for their work" - Tim Keller's comments on Beyond Duct Tape: Holding the Heart Togehter in a Life of Ministry, Parakaleo's foundational book.