TOPIC, Philippines held its first Mentoring Retreat this year for the CORE 300 pastors coming from Northern Luzon. The theme for the retreat was, "Be Still Before the Lord," (Psalm 37:7). It was held at the Clark Development Center in Angeles City, Pampanga.
The thirty (30) core pastors who came spent much of the time listening to God as they practiced Lectio Divina (sacred reading) for two mornings. In the afternoon, they read and reflected on selected articles to deepen their walk with God and to strengthen their marriage and family.
The sharing times were very open, sincere and accompanied by both tears and laughter. Many felt the fresh touch of God in their lives. It was an experience they will continue to savor for quite sometime.
The Mentoring Retreat was not only a time to rest physically, but a time to refill their emotional tanks and recharge their spiritual batteries. As one aptly summarized it,
"After several weeks of physical and mental activities and pressure, here comes the TOPIC RETREAT which I thought would add pressure in my life...I praise and thank the Lord this retreat was a very refreshing time which I have been seeking and desiring to happen in my life this past week."
Pastors Gil Balignasay and Philip Flores, members of TOPIC Executive Team facilitated the retreat. Pastor Gil gave two devotional talks on the Dash of Your Life and Letting Your Light Shine. While Pastor Philip led the discussion on the CORE 300 Covenant and TOPIC's Decade of Impact