April 14-18, 2019 – The Journey at Maranatha

For over 20 years, people have gathered at the shores of Lake Michigan to experience the Journey. This unique, all-inclusive setting offers worship, lodging, meals, teachings with Open Heart’s lead team of trainers, and an evening of celebration festivities to conclude the time. During downtime, walk the bluff overlooking the lake, feel the spray of water from the waves and explore the little lake towns nearby. This 5-day training (Sunday evening-Thursday evening), is designed for anyone seeking soul-care and growth in leading effective small groups.

Come enjoy large group teachings with breakout small group sessions facilitated by experienced Journey Group leaders and coaches. The small group is an intimate, confidential experience, equipping you to return home and to lead Journey Groups in your community.

Register for The Journey at Maranatha

Choose one of two tracks for your Journey experience—The Journey Begins or The Journey Continues.

The Journey Begins is a twelve-session introduction to the road you’ve traveled (your family history and significant life events), the road you’re on (your strategies for coping with life and beliefs about yourself), and the road ahead of you (embracing change to pursue the life you imagine). This experience promises a new depth of knowledge regarding yourself, your relationship with God, and where you want to walk with Jesus and others in the future.

The Journey Continues picks up where The Journey Begins ends, with a closer examination of how you hold your story inside of you. Using a full-length body outline, write about themes of honesty (naming what has happened with integrity), repentance (feeling and owning past and current pains), and loving boldly (embracing new kinds of freedom in how we relate with others and God) on your outline, sharing what you wish with your group. These twelve sessions will take your ability to sit with others in a small group environment to the next level, add clarity to the events of your story and invite you to meet with God in new ways.

  • Bonnie Seybold
    August 17, 2018 (4:32 pm)

    Will there be leader training the weekend before the Journey conference?

  • Rachael Sanowski
    September 4, 2018 (10:49 am)

    How do I register?

  • Brenda Gaines
    January 21, 2019 (12:43 pm)

    Do you have these Journey groups in California? If not can I purchase some materials from you for myself and than others?

    • Darin
      January 22, 2019 (8:54 am)

      Hi Brenda,

      While Journey groups have run in California, we don’t currently know of something active. It could be there is, but it isn’t listed on our website. We do encourage people to share their groups so they show up at https://ohmin.org/find-journey-groups/.

      Even if there are not groups, you are more than free to check out our materials at https://ohmin.org/shop/. There are suggested products listed on the main page.

      If you would like a sample of the first two chapters of The Journey Begins, lets us know and we can get you a PDF copy.

  • JMill
    January 26, 2019 (1:12 pm)

    Do people come to this alone? Or do you tend to see groups of friends come together?

    • Darin
      January 28, 2019 (9:13 am)

      Thanks for asking! We have people that come alone and some that come with a group (either church or common acquaintances). If they come with a group, we work to make sure they go into different groups, so they feel free to explore their own story.

  • Debra jensen
    January 29, 2019 (1:18 pm)

    Do you have journey groups available in Rockford IL area? What is the time commitment, 1day or more?

  • Mary
    March 7, 2019 (7:22 am)

    Do you have any groups coming up after April?

    • Darin
      March 7, 2019 (12:52 pm)

      Hi Mary. There will be a Journey at Maranatha in October 2019. Unless there is a scheduling change, we anticipate an April and October event each year.

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