Welcome to the St. John Pastoral Retreat Web Page!
The information in this web site is for the Bride of Christ. The entire Body of Christ is engaged to Jesus, but not every member will make it to the altar. Within this site you can download our free e-book titled Jesus' Love Message to His Bride, which is a detailed, step by step walk through the Bible that teaches His Bride how to move from infanthood to adulthood - a love message! Jesus will marry a radiant, spotless, holy, blameless, mature, full grown Bride who has been conformed to His likeness! He will not marry an immature child bride who manifests the world (i.e. the demonic kingdom)! His Bride will be all those members of the Body of Christ whose sole desire is to walk with Christ in His kingdom, and therefore have prepared themselves to be joined with Christ by being conformed to the likeness of Christ.
Within this web site you will learn about what God has called us to do, and how He has directed us to do it. The retreat is not in existence yet - but the Ministry is! This web page is the next step of faith towards the manifestation of the retreat.
AS YOUR BROTHER IN CHRIST, I HAVE SOME CHALLENGING QUESTIONS FOR YOU: Does the current state of your life distress you? Does the current state of the Body of Christ (in America and abroad) distress you? Does the state of your congregation distress you? Do you wonder where God’s power really is, why His manifestations seem so far and few between, and life’s problems and those of your family, friends and even society in general seem overwhelming, even insurmountable? Do you hear His voice, or wonder why you don’t? If you are broken and humble, if you are teachable, if you are willing to put your hand to the plow and not look back, if you are willing to die to your life the way it is now, if you are willing to do whatever it takes in order to receive the life that is truly life, I invite you to consider the following: YOU MAY NOT BE A MATURE CHRISTIAN (as defined in Hebrews 5:12-14; we will delve into this with great detail in this book). Please note that it does not matter how much knowledge, understanding and wisdom you may have, or degrees, experience, abilities or gifts of the Spirit you may possess. If God has used you to do great and mighty exploits in His name, I affirm that and Praise the Lord! But it has nothing to do with maturity, by definition. If you are not a Mature Christian, what this means is that, in the spirit, you are between the ages of 0 and 18. (I live in Texas, and Texas recognizes an 18 year old as an adult (one who is able to manage their own affairs, sign contracts, and conduct business, etc, without being required to obtain parental consent. In this book we will use 18 as the definition of an adult in the physical realm). Just for fun, imagine what would happen to your work place (or family life or church, or even society in general) if those in charge were literally below the age of 18. Imagine your 5 year old running your household, or your 12 year old owning your business (or being your boss), or the 17 year old police officer responding to your 911 call? Pretty silly right, and what a mess everything thing would be in!! Imagine all of the arguments and fights and immaturity brought to bear against all of life's issues! And how many issues would not be addressed at all? Welcome to the spiritual state of the Body of Christ. It would be foolish to expect or even hope that children could handle such responsibilities, because they have not grown and matured yet to the point of being able to handle them. (It is very important to note that it is not the child's fault, either, as a child must have time, teaching and experience to grow.) We would never dream of putting children in charge of normal life's duties before they were ready for them, yet I will make the claim that the "silly" scenario I just put forth describes very accurately what is going on within the Body of Christ.
GOD HAS COMMISSIONED THE ST. JOHN PASTORAL RETREAT MINISTRY TO TEACH HIS PEOPLE WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A MATURE CHRISTIAN, AND RAISE THEM UP TO BE MATURE CHRISTIANS - i.e. 18 YEARS OLD IN THE SPIRIT, READY TO EMBARK ON LIFE'S BOLDEST AND DARING JOURNEY - A LIFE WALKED WITH GOD AS A MATURE BELIEVER, CONSECRATED WHOLLY UNTO GOD, MOVING EVER DEEPER IN HIS KINGDOM AND INTO THE MYSTERIES AND REVELATIONS OF GOD, COMMENSURATE WITH EACH PERSON'S UNIQUE CALL ON HIS/HER LIFE.
If this challenge statement speaks to your heart, we encourage you to download our free e-book, Jesus' Love Message to His Bride, and feel free to review our website to gain further insight into what our call is, and how it can intersect with your life. Please click below to jump to the next page. Thanks for visiting our site, and may God bless you and yours richly!