Scripture tells us Jesus' ministry began with a call to repentance. (Mark 4:15) Acknowledgement of and repentance for sin is not only the first step to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, it is also the key to intimate relationship with Him.
Perhaps the most important part of the Whisper Gathering, and the secret to its success, is our emphasis on repentance. Our weekend begins with a lesson about the importance of repentance, a call to self-examination, and an opportunity for a hands-on demonstration of our surrendered, repentant heart.
Because repentance is not a one-and-done event in the life of a believer, we offer daily opportunities for self-examination and repentance. Our goal is to steward the spirit of repentance until all the work is done. Only then can we fully embrace the joy and deep, abiding intimacy of our relationship with Jesus Christ.
Does repentance sound hard and scary? Don't worry. The Repentance Bowl exercise has become our most beloved tradition. As one young Teen Whisper attendee told us, "I learned repentance is fun."
We asked former attendees to summarize the Whisper Gathering in two or three words. Here’s a little of what they said:
Freeing. Hearing God’s voice. Reconnection with Jesus. Awakening. Fellowship. Renewal. Refuge. Reassuring. Reconnecting. Rest. Respite. Renewing. Life changing. Inspiring.
One woman who attended the first Whisper Gathering in 2017 said this about the Whisper 2018 retreat: “I hesitated to come again because I thought the first Whisper Gathering was the best it could ever be, but I was so wrong. This year was better than ever.”
WHISPER GATHERING 2019 FEEDBACK:
THREE THINGS I LIKED:
TWO THINGS I LEARNED:
Traditions wasn't our goal but when something worked we continued it. At Whisper #5 our favorite elements became traditions and a permanent part of the culture. A few of our fav's include:
It's not all about tradition though. We add new element and surprises to every Whisper event. Interested? Why not join us. Our next event is September 26-28, 2020. Registration opens soon. We've love to see you there!
Whisper Sisters, what's your favorite Whisper Tradition? We love to hear from you so please comment below.
The first Whisper Gathering was held in 2017 at FCR Crows' Neck retreat center in Tishomingo, MS. From the start, repentance was a key element of the weekend. Just as Scripture says, seasons of refreshment followed our repentance. (Acts 3:19) Our first event included an overnight stay at the camp-style retreat center. Three additional Whisper events were held in the Middle East in 2017, Teen Whisper a mini-Whisper, and a single-day Whisper.
In 2018, we added an additional night and found the new format ideal. We slowed down, took our time, and scheduled rest. We repented until the work was done and found a deeper refreshment than we thought possible.
In 2018, we added a "Taste of Whisper" and invited ladies who were unable to stay for the weekend to join us for the Thursday night activities. The "taste test" will be a regular feature going forward.
What happens at Whisper Gathering? Great worship. Solid Biblical teaching. Small group work. Deep sharing. Crafts. Cabin choirs. Lakeside morning devotions. Lots of great food. S'mores every night. Laughter. Fun. Chocolate. We leave refreshed, renewed, restored.
If you want to take a step closer to our Lord, consider joining us for the next Whisper Gathering. For those who can't attend the full weekend, abbreviated Whisper events are available. If your church of women's group is interested in knowing more, please contact us for more information.
"Repent therefore and return, that you sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord." Acts 3:19