Living Stones Via de Cristo

What Pastors say about a VdC Weekend

After I returned from serving as a spiritual director for the weekend, I found myself talking about Via de Cristo in many of my conversations. My wife asked me why I had become such a proponent? I told her it was simple: this weekend is about lived grace - it’s all around you, it’s about encouraging the laity as partners in ministry, and building community so we don’t feel like isolated Christians. I’ve enjoyed seeing how the community works and that it doesn’t seek to draw people from their congregations, but to empower them to work through their congregations. In one of the talks, we encourage participants to make an appointment with their pastor to see how they can be involved and grow as partners in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Rev. Jeffrey Wilson, D. Min

Senior Pastor
Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church
8712 Plantation Lane
Manassas, VA

Via de Cristo is an excellent retreat weekend designed to introduce the grace of God to the new Christian and renew along with strengthening the faith of Christians who have been around for a while. This retreat is valuable for spiritual development, spiritual growth, and inspiration to help you see/understand the grace of God that is all around you. I would encourage you to get involved in this retreat to better understand the way of Christ. My experience after participating and serving as a pastor at one of the retreats has helped me understand the grace of God in a way that’s indescribable. I always tell everyone who wants to participate or is hesitant to participate to look for one thing “The Grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ”. His Holy Spirit will show you His Grace. Please consider Via Cristo Today!

Derrick Miliner

Associate Pastor
Our Savior Lutheran Church
Laurel, MD

I made my Via de Cristo (Cursillo) in 1972 in Miami, Florida during my first year of pastoral ministry.  I have not had a more profound experience in which it provided deep roots for my ministry. It has provided strengthened leadership skills for congregational members who have participated and a passion for ministry.  It is most refreshing to hear people return from a Via de Cristo weekend and say, "Pastor, where can I assist?"  They get involved with great commitment, financial resources, and a friendly demeanor that blesses wherever they go.  Thank God for the gift of Via de Cristo.

Pastor Ron Qualley,

Retired Pastor
Lord of Life Lutheran Church
Fairfax, VA

Over the last several years it has been my privilege to know several leaders in my synod who are members of the Via de Cristo community. Devoted Christians, fine pastors, and lay leaders, they have shared with me the benefits they experience through the Lutheran expression of this movement and ministry. Via de Cristo has deepened their faith, renewed their passion for their local congregations, and enabled them to make personal connections and friendships in a rich, ecumenical environment. . . . The ability of Via de Cristo to reach men and women in our church, to inspire them for lives of faith in family, church, and world is particularly striking.

Bishop Richard Graham,
Metro DC Synod, ELCA

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