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Sabbath Life


Sabbath Life is an ecumenical invitation to clergy and ministry professionals to practice the rhythms of Sabbath, stepping away from our daily lives to delight in God, creation, and each other. Our unique format offers a holistic approach to good health and clergy renewal, which in turn leads to flourishing congregations and communities.

Starting February 2022, Day 7 will be hosting the Sabbath Life cohort at The Center for Living and Learning
  • 10 Months (February - November)
    • Feb - June | 1st Mondays | 9am - 4pm
    • July - Nov | 3rd Mondays | 9am - 4pm

​In each of these, we will learn to incorporate sustainable practices that witness to and reflect the nature and character of a God of abundance and wholeness, enabling us to lead flourishing ministries.

Through work in the garden, worship around the table, shared silence, rest, and reflection together, you will have the opportunity to order your life, renew your energy and passion for ministry, and strengthen your leadership through a community of practice.
Sabbath Life 2018, North Carolina
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Center for Living and Learning is a private non-profit residential supportive living facility for housing adults who have experienced severe and persistent mental illnesses.


The day beings at 9am in the garden with welcome, gathering, and an invitation to delight in the work of growing food together. At the end of the morning (11am), we move into a time of worship and gather around the table for Holy Communion and a simple feast of local, seasonal food, prepared on site.
For two hours in the early afternoon (1-3pm), we practice shared silence, during which participants can engage in a time of meditation or prayer, a book, rest, a walk, journaling or a creative practice, or simply waiting on God.
We end the day by gathering around 3pm for a brief time of reflection on the day and how God is moving in our lives. At 4pm, we depart for home refreshed, renewed and reconnected with God, each other, and with creation.
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Dr. Steven Bonner

Dr. Bonner currently serves as an Assistant Dean and Department Chair in the College of Bible and Ministry at Lipscomb University. 

He has extensive knowledge of family systems theory enhanced by a 20+ year background working with a wide variety of people in Universities, Ministry, and the Army, which all inform a systems-based approach to leading change in people's lives.

He has a long track record of coaching and consulting those seeking to understand and change the relational patterns present in their lives, whether at home, work, or church.

Dr. Bonner currently lives in Franklin, TN, with his wife and daughter (one son is married and in grad school and the other is in college).
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Dr. Jackie L. Halstead, LMFT

Dr. Halstead is the CEO of Selah Center for Spiritual Formation located in Nashville, Tennessee. This non-profit offers a certificate program in Spiritual Direction and online courses in the Christian Spiritual Disciplines and other spiritual topics. Jackie is on the faculty with Abilene Christian University's onlie Marriage and Family Therapy program.

Dr. Halstead has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for the past thirty-five years - specializing in ministers and their families, and a Spiritual Director for twenty years. She speaks frequently on the topics of contemplative prayer, spiritual formation, and relationships at the national and international levels.

In February 2021, Dr. Halstead released her book Leaning into God's Embrace: A Guidebook for Contemplative Prayer. Leaning into God's Embrace is a beginner's guide to contemplative prayer that provides an insightful collection of prayer forms to center your mind in a posture of listening. Her variety of prayers forms allows readers to discover a life beyond the noise, and lean into God's loving embrace.

The 2022 Cohort is limited to 8 - 12 members. The cost covers:
  • Program materials and supplies for all ten days
  • A healthy, delicious lunch, with sustainably and locally sourced ingredients

Early Bird Pricing:
  • $350 until January 15th
  • $400 until January 31st

Interested in Sabbath Life but have questions? Click here to chat with our Executive Director, Candace Surface.
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