2024 Douglas Church Ashram Staff
Director: Jeremy Jones
(Lead Pastor, Douglas Church)
Evangelist: J.T. Adkins
(Approved UCA Speaker and veteran Ashramite)
Bible Teacher: Bob Utley
(Approved UCA Speaker, veteran Ashramite, author)
Pianist: Cody Chandler
The Christian Ashram Experience
Each Ashram today continues to follow the original format instituted by Dr. E. Stanley Jones. The unique Ashram format offers a break from everyday demands to allow space and time for learning, listening, prayer, reflection, fellowship, and rest. Participants are regular people who love God and seek to be more like Him. Come and experience the renewal and refreshing that a few short days will bring to your heart.
Early in the retreat, participants gather to express in a heartfelt way the blessings, needs, and spiritual desires that they have coming into the Ashram. This time lays the groundwork for the openness and closeness that will be shared over the next few days. Common questions are: Why am I here? What do I want from God? What do I need from God?
The Ashram experience is rooted in the practice of listening for God. Each day, a gifted and qualified Bible teacher provides substantive, Scripture-based lessons for reflection and discussion.
These groups offer each Ashram attendee the opportunity to reflect on what they have heard, share what they feel, receive encouragement, and join in prayer for one another. These small groups are special times for many since relationships are built as hearts open to share needs.
The Prayer Vigil is open every hour for the duration of the Ashram. It is a special place and provides the foundation for God to work on behalf of His people. It is open to everyone.
Opening to God’s Spirit and rekindling the fire of our faith is an essential goal of the Ashram experience. Gifted and qualified Ashram evangelists are dynamic, bold, & relevant in their proclamation of the Word.
HEALING AND WHOLENESS
Often a pivotal moment, each Ashram includes a time when participants are given the opportunity to receive physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual healing through prayer and community support.
As the Ashram draws to a close, the entire community in attendance gathers to reflect and share how each one has been blessed, challenged, and equipped for continuing growth and ministry during the retreat. This special time of praise to God and encouragement of one another prepares us all to return to our lives ready for what God has for us to do.
Tentative Ashram Schedule
(all events, including meals, occur at Douglas Church)
Friday, March 8th
5:30 pm Dinner
6:30 pm Welcome and Worship
6:50 pm Overview of Ashram & Open Heart/Evangelist
8:15 pm Prayer & Reflection Groups
Saturday, March 9th
7:30 am Morning Watch/ Meditation
8:15 am Breakfast
9:00 am Worship & Bible Teaching
10:15 am Prayer & Reflection Groups
11:00 am Worship & Evangelist
12:15 pm Lunch
2:15 pm Worship & Bible Teaching
3:15 pm Prayer & Reflection Groups
3:45 pm Worship/Healing Service
4:45 pm Overflowing Heart & Communion
6:00 pm Closing Fellowship