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Leader Training Spring 2019

Leader Training Weekends will enhance and further equip you as you work through your story and empower your local participants to find freedom in their lives. These events are designed for those who have a knowledge of the Journey Group process and leader experience or a desire to lead groups locally.  This event provides interactive training sessions, time spent with other leaders in care groups, and refreshing moments of reflection and community that will leave you challenged and inspired.  Training and materials will focus on group processes that are applicable to ...

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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, a chance to be baptized in Lake Michigan, 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 ...

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April 22-26, 2018 – 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, a chance to be baptized in Lake Michigan, 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 ...

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eTraining Is Here!

One of the most impactful experiences for many has been our Leader Training Weekends. This training provides practice in leading a small group, feedback from trained coaches and peers, dialogue about effective and ineffective groups, practice in conflict resolution, observation of deeper pursuit, processing of the here and now, and experience in pursuing deeper issues. In 2017, as OHM walks through this season of transition, Leader Training Weekend will not be available for participants. This leaves a significant gap. Nothing can replace the face to face interaction in ...

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Tax Receipts for 2016

If you have donated to OHM in 2016, you will be receiving your end of year tax receipt shortly. By law, they must be sent to you by Jan. 31, 2017. We are currently working on making sure all information is accurate and ready to be sent by USPS to you before that date. If you would like it sooner, please feel free to email Darin at darin@ohmin.org.

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Time to Pray

by Tracy Johnson, OHM Executive Director “We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there's nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.” ― Oswald Chambers In January 2015 we were preparing for our first Regional Journey in San Antonio, Texas when I had a conversation with Betty Lee  (a long time leader for Open Hearts in Cleburne, Texas).  "Tracy, I want to come to pray for the seminar." Her offer to come and pray was a sweet gift from heaven and I was thrilled. ...

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Lent

by Tracy Johnson, OHM Executive Director "Each succeeding year, Lent calls each of us to renew our ongoing commitment to the implications of the Resurrection in our own lives, here and now."   Joan Chittister, The Liturgical Year Several years ago I began a journey to discover more about the liturgical calendar and contemplative practices.  Coming from a conservative evangelical upbringing much of what I found was new and I thoroughly enjoyed learning and beginning to consider how I might deepen my own walk with God through engaging in some of the practices I ...

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Collision with Change

The collision leaves us with choices, we can turn to others and ask for their help and presence, or we can turn to ourselves and try to figure it out alone. I hope you are choosing to turn towards kind friends who can journey with you, and that you are offering your presence to those needing the same kindness in their story.

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OHM Press Release From The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Open Hearts Ministry is pleased to announce that effective immediately it has appointed Tracy Johnson to serve as the Executive Director of the ministry.  In March 2015 the board asked Tracy to serve as interim Executive Director and indicated that it would take the remainder of the year to assess what decision it should take regarding the leadership of the ministry.  In November every member of the staff, the volunteer leadership team and the board was asked to provide confidential input on Tracy’s performance.  After assessing the input it ...

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OHM 2015 Pro-Am….A Day Of Play

When I first met Tracy Hanson in 2011 she wanted to take another step forward in her journey of recovery. She knew she had a story, but she was not sure about exactly how it was impacting her life. Golf was something we talked about often as she explored her story and did the hard work of naming the truth of how she had been harmed. Golf was not something she was playing very often. On Monday August 31st Tracy and seventeen other lady professional golfers came to play for the sake of growing more awareness about the impact of abuse and raising funds for Open Hearts ...

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