I had never heard of Tres Dias before signing up for this past weekend. For me the weekend was to hopefully provide sustenance to my failing spiritual health. I had been feeling spiritually and creatively bankrupt for some time. The words of my new pastor lay fallow on my ears. Her words don’t seem to speak to me and I felt guilty because I held a leadership position but felt so very unconnected.
My Church was the one my father had preached at from the time I was in Fifth to Seventh grade in school. I feel a tremendous amount of obligation and commitment to the church. This is made so much harder as my spiritual needs have not been met since our last minister left for retirement. I have readied myself to leave this church in spite of the wonderful people within it. This brought on much guilt. For thos
Tres Dias awakened me to options and commitments I wouldn’t have dreamed of before. For those who haven’t heard of it, Tres Dias is a movement and fellowship in Christian congregations. With 54,000 members worldwide, it draws from Catholic and Protestant denominations alike. The Community makes itself felt during the three days you are there and prepares you for a leadership role in the Church. For me, coming from a depleted place, this was indeed a revelation. It is nurturing, welcoming, and inclusive.
Now I feel charged again. I can do both – continue work in my old church and look for a church that better meets my spiritual needs. I don’t have to choose. And I can continue to help my church grow as my obligations require.