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
Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church
8712 Plantation Lane
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!
Our Savior Lutheran Church
Pastor Ron Qualley,
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.