A Center for the Retrieval of Christian Wisdom

Covid-19 Update:

We ARE planning to run the Protestant Wisdom Foundations Program from July 27-August 7!
Are you tired of talking to people through a screen? Hungry for rich conversation? Looking for space to reflect critically on what it means to be a Christian disciple during these confusing times? 
See the course page for more details and registration deadlines.

 

 Due to COVID-19 and related measures to limit the spread, all of our May and June events including Sojourn, the Philosophy Capstone Course, Davenant Discussions, the National Convivium and the Latin Intensive have been cancelled. 

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Residential Discipleship Program

Our Residential Discipleship Program provides the opportunity for students to come for an extended stay of between 2 weeks and 2 months in order to be deeply invested in by the family living and ministering here.

Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Psalm 90:12

How do we learn to number our days? In today’s distracted age of smart phones and social media, it is tempting to think we can learn everything we need to know for this life by simply asking Google. But the reality is we can’t learn how to have healthy relationships by interacting on social media. We can’t learn how to faithfully serve our Lord and know him more without discipleship from others who have journeyed long with Him. We can’t learn how to steward what God has entrusted to us without wrestling with what it looks like to honor the Lord in our relationship with His created world and the many gifts he provides us with through it.

As young adults it’s easy to think our days are pretty innumerable ahead. Our whole life is ahead of us after all! But as time goes on, the brevity of this life and the reality that we can’t count on tomorrow sets in when we lose a friend, loved one, or hear news of a child the same age as ours was taken by disease or an accident. Our days are numbered, yet they also are in the hand of the Sovereign Lord who created the universe and counts the hair on our heads. Using the time we are given wisely takes intentionality and an understanding of the will of our Creator for our good.

But how do we consider these things and build good habits and rhythms for our life? Where is there space and time to ask the hard questions? To consider the answers God has revealed through His Word and His people throughout history? We live in such a crazy, distracted, and busy world with so much vying for our time.

That’s why we’ve developed our residential discipleship program.

Our Residential Discipleship Program provides the opportunity for students to come for an extended stay of between 2 weeks and 2 months in order to be deeply invested in by the family living and ministering here. The days and weeks are structured in a way which cultivates habits of daily prayer, weekly Sabbath, and whole life discipleship. This is further enhanced through intentional reading and discussion about vocational calling, marriage, parenting, and stewardship of all God has entrusted to us for His glory and our good. Experiential discipleship permeates everything including local church involvement, ministry to other students on local campuses alongside the program leader (if during school year), care of the Davenant House and property, and even simply learning to manage relationships in community in a God-honoring way – repenting and forgiving.

The cost of this program is $175/ week which includes housing and meals. Additional costs may apply if participation in an additional program is included during your stay. If cost is an issue, please visit the Internships page for ideas on how you can combine this program with a work experience.

If you would like more information and/or would be interested in applying, please follow the link to our inquiry form.

“In holy and divine matters one must first hear rather than see, first believe rather than understand, first be grasped rather than grasp, first be captured rather than capture, first learn rather than teach, first be a disciple rather than a teacher and master of his own. We have an ear so that we may submit to others, and eyes that we may take care of others. Therefore, whoever in the church wants to become an eye and a leader and master of others, let him become an ear and a disciple first. This first.”

Martin Luther