Community & Care Leader Retreat

Disciple Three          •          Life Stories          •          Outreach          •          Care          •          Love, Know, Speak, Do          •          Retreat Videos

Retreat Resources

Disciple Three

A tool to help you focus on the responsibility that God has given you to love and serve the people that he’s brought into your life.

Disciple Three is an attempt to help you be even more clear about the people that God wants you to serve, invest in, and disciple during your current season.

Download Card

The card asks you to:

  • Write down the names of three people outside of your family that you believe God wants you to invest in over the next six months.
  • Pray for at least one of the three people every day.
  • Communicate with all three at least once a week.
  • Have a spiritual interaction with each one at least once per month.


What’s a spiritual interaction? Look for ways to engage their head, heart, and hands. When appropriate, ask questions like:

  • Where are you currently struggling (spiritually, relationally, personally)? Do you know why?
  • What spiritual lesson are you currently learning or have you recently learned?
  • What is one truth about God and the gospel you need to believe and live out?


We hope this tool will help our members be more intentional in getting involved in someone’s life, meeting their needs, and helping them grow in their relationship with God.

Life Stories

Community group provides a safe place for members to share their stories while developing people to become mature followers of Christ who are equipped to love and lead others.

Life Stories help us:

  • Identify what we think, feel, and believe.
  • Name the circumstances God has used to expose our sin and pursue us.
  • Understand how our identity in Christ shapes everything about us.
  • Teaches us how to articulate what God is doing in our lives.  
  • Equips us to be vulnerable, empathize, speak truth, and come alongside others.


For more information about Life Stories and how they can benefit your group download the information below.



In the first few weeks of year one, your group members can use this worksheet below for how to write their faith story using the summary statements.



A discipleship ministry that serves current prisoners in 17 SC state prisons and also assists former prisoners with re-entry to society.

  • 96% of people who complete both the inside and outside programs do not return to prison.
  • Grace and JumpStart working together:
    • We have committed to giving JumpStart $112K/year for 2 years.
    • We share staff with JumpStart; Inside Program Director, Cary Sanders also works on Grace Outreach staff.


Apply to volunteer

An organization that offers a lifespan of services to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.

  • 1 in 59 children is diagnosed on the autism spectrum. 
  • Grace and Project HOPE working together:
    • We have committed to giving PHF $100K/year for 2 years.
    • PHF offers services at 7 locations across the Upstate, including one Grace campus, hopefully, a second in 2020.
    • More than 200 Grace members from all 10 campuses helped clean and paint the PHF school in Landrum last year.
  • What’s coming: We plan to host a Meet Project HOPE event in late 2020 to introduce new ways to serve.

A two-year residential program for women recovering from human trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.

  • Jasmine Road has three social enterprise programs that give their residents meaningful work experience and bring in money to support the program.
    • Jasmine Kitchen, a new lunch cafe on August Road, opens in February.
  • Grace and Jasmine Road working together:
    • We have committed to giving $115K to renovate a second home that will double their capacity.


Apply to volunteer

An organization that builds safe and affordable, market quality homes for low to moderate-income families in mixed-income neighborhoods. 

  • Safe and affordable housing is an issue for people coming out of JumpStart and Jasmine Road, and older participants at Project HOPE.
  • Grace and Homes of Hope working together:
    • We have committed to giving Homes of Hope $100K/year for 2 years.
    • More than 100 people attended Meet Homes of Hope at Grace last fall.
  • What’s coming:
    • Opportunity to invest financially and receive a small return for qualified investors.
    • Collaboration on an affordable housing development.


Apply to volunteer

Care & Recovery

At our recent Community & Care Leader Retreat, I shared about the growth of our housing ministry. What began as an effort to care well for one of our members has grown into a short-term crisis housing ministry that serves 13 women and four children. We’ve found that these folks who need housing have the same needs as our body and our community. This ministry has allowed us to partner with community organizations Miracle Hill Renewal Center, SWITCH, Nightlight Adoption Agency, in addition to caring well for our members.

As the ministry has grown, we have created the following goals for the future:

  • Continue our short-term crisis housing as this need for care is not diminishing
  • Create a Matching Savings Program for residents to help move participants to more independent living options
  • Develop a Mixed-income Housing Development in partnership with local organizations

  Would offer a long-term housing option, provide intentional community living, and give combined housing options for our Mosaic Ministry and Care & Recovery within the community

There are ways you can serve now and invest in the future:

  • Community groups can adopt an apartment  
  • Donate furnishings, new items & money for setup (average cost of an apartment setup is $2000-$2500)

  FB Group Care & Recovery Resource Sharing

  Amazon Wish List for new items

  • Use your talents and skills in the equipping opportunities

  Financial coaching

  Meal planning classes

  Resume development

  Job placement – part of the affordable housing challenge is livable wages

  • Mentor in re:gen, with Jasmine Road, Miracle Hill, or Jump Start to begin developing intentional relationships.
  • Business owners and hiring managers – consider how you can be involved in hiring individuals in recovery and re-entering the workplace.
  • Pray for the future of housing developments, women in our housing and our community partners as we all seek to meet the needs of those we serve.



Love, Know, Speak, Do

  • When someone opens up to us, we have an opportunity to address the external behavior or seek heart change below the surface.   
  • LOVE-KNOW-SPEAK-DO is not a linear process. We start with love, but we continue to love as we dig into the situation (know), shed light on God’s Word (speak), and call the person to action (do).
  • One of the most underrated skills in ministry is listening. Asking good questions is a close second.
  • LOVE-KNOW-SPEAK-DO is not a short and sweet process. It takes time and energy to minister to people at this level. Tailor your expectations appropriately.   

Click below for a more in-depth explanation of this tool.


Retreat Videos

Matt Williams

Matt Williams & Scofield Foster

Bobby Raulerson

Daniel Moore

Bill White

Keri Geary on Ministry Partnerships

Lee Anne Cavin on Care & Recovery

Matt Kelley on Natural Burial

We are looking forward to our time together as we celebrate God’s faithfulness to us and to our church over the last twenty-five years. Our hope is to better equip you in the ministry where you are serving, and we want you to know how grateful we are for the work you are doing. It’s also our intention to provide space for rest so you leave encouraged and refreshed.

Where & When

Omni Grove Park Inn

Thursday, Jan. 30 – Saturday, Feb. 1



This is a trustworthy saying: If we die with him, we will also live with him. If we endure hardship, we will reign with him. If we deny him, he will deny us. If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is.
2 Timothy 2:11-13

Retreat Schedule

Thursday, January 30

4:00 – 7:30pm | Arrival and Check In | Great Hall

7:30 – 8:00pm | Coffee and Tea Service Available | Grand Ballroom Lobby

8:00 – 9:30pm | SESSION 1 | Grand Ballroom

9:30 – 11:00pm | Fellowship with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and cider available

Friday, January 31

7:00 – 8:30am | Buffet Breakfast | Grand Ballroom Lobby & Ballroom A

8:30 – 10:00am | SESSION 2 | Grand Ballroom

10:00 – 10:30am | Coffee and Tea Break | Grand Ballroom Lobby

10:30am – 12:15pm | SESSION 3 | Grand Ballroom

12:15 – 7:00pm | Leisure Time (lunch & dinner recommendations available)

7:00 – 9:00pm | SESSION 4 | Grand Ballroom

9:00 – 10:30pm | Fellowship with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and cider available

Saturday, February 1

7:00 – 8:45am | Buffet Breakfast | Grand Ballroom Lobby & Ballroom A

Check Out

8:45 – 10:15am | SESSION 5 | Grand Ballroom

10:15 – 10:30am | Coffee and Tea Break | Grand Ballroom Lobby

10:30 – 11:45am | SESSION 6 | Grand Ballroom

11:45am | Dismiss and Depart from Grove Park Inn

Other Information

Omni Grove Park Info

Omni Grove Park Info



OGP Sports Complex

OGP Sports Complex

Asheville Food

Asheville Food

Explore Asheville

Explore Asheville

Retreat Videos

Life Change

Life Change | Dee

Life Change | Broe Chestertonson

Session Videos

Session 1 (Comfort We Have Received from God)

Session 2 (2018 Ministry Update)

Session 3 (Love and Truth Network)

Session 6 (Peter Hubbard – Asking Great Questions)

Elder Update

Elder Update | Mike Chibarro

About the Retreat

New Song

Listen to the new song we will be learning on the retreat! And download lyrics here.