A Spiritual Formation Ministry | Onsite & Online

Increasing Excellence and Deepening Awareness of God in a Changing World


Upcoming Courses with Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary


Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary


The Heartbeat of Leadership

Online Webinar | February 22, 2018

A 1-hour webinar: The Heartbeat of Leadership provided by Living Streams Flowing Water and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. How does your personal leadership impact your professional leadership?



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Desert Spirituality II – Going Deeper

The Seeker and The Saint

Six-Week Online Course  |  April 9, 2018 – May 18, 2018

During this six-week class you will have the opportunity to “get to know” some of these ancient sages of Christian wisdom; hear their stories of God’s miraculous presence in life and contemplate their wisdom sayings.  Each week you will experience a prayer practice from St. Benedict’s tradition of Desert Wisdom.


Living Streams Flowing Water is providing instruction for this event in partnership with Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.


Upcoming Courses with Centerquest School of Spiritual Direction


Center Quest Lifelong Learning Community

Centerquest School of Spiritual Direction

Join an online Ecumenical International learning community for spiritual direction training.
Applications for the 2018-2019 SSD cycle still going on!  Click here to apply.

Contemplative Prayer 1: A Way of Seeing

February 12, 2018 – March 10, 2018

Contemplative Prayer 2: A Way of Listening

March 26, 2018 – April 21, 2018


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Habits of the Heart: Exploring the Basics of Spiritual Disciplines

4-Week Course | May 7 – June 2, 2018

Habits of the Heart are deeply ingrained ways of seeing, exploring, experiencing and responding to the world and the transcendent presence of Divine creative power and grace. But how does a habit of hope and prayer become “deeply ingrained” in one’s heart? This personal enrichment class will explore through experiential discovery the basics of ancient spiritual disciplines for contemporary personal and corporate practice of prayer.



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Soul Companioning – An Introduction to Spiritual Direction

4-Week Course | September 3 – September 29, 2018

The spiritual work of soul companioning has a rich and long history starting from the biblical times down through the evolving history of the Church to our contemporary times. This course provides a sweeping overview of the “care of souls” (cura animarum) and its resultant expressions in the modern pastoral theology and care movement. Attention is given to spiritual friendship, guidance, and mentoring, with special focus on the distinct and time-honored ministry of spiritual direction.



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AR – The Advent of God’s Word:
A Devotional Retreat in Preparation for Christmas and the New Year 

6-Week Course | December 3, 2018 – January 11, 2019

As the event of Jesus’ birth dawns in the midst of humanity, and into the New Year this online advent retreat provides opportunities for hearing, seeing and entering into the wooing love song of God as God whispers new life to the soul. Through the creative arts and ancient prayer practices participants will have the opportunity to experience the birthing of Jesus as a way of opening to God’s surprises in the midst of everyday life. The opportunity to set a foundation of devotional retreating for the New Year will also be offered. Whether you are just beginning a relationship with God or have walked lovingly with Jesus for many years, this online retreat will allow possibilities for new life to dawn within you.




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Faith Forming Conversations
Spiritual Direction and Leadership Coaching

Professional Leadership is only as strong as personal core leadership.

Increase excellence and expand awareness of God in our ever-changing world and personal relationships through coaching and spiritual direction. Brenda provides spiritual direction and coaching through video conferencing, on the phone and in person. Don’t let geography inhibit your next steps into the dance of God’s unfolding possibilities.

Please use the contact form to schedule your first free conversation.




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It is time to begin considering the church budget for 2018. Could this be the year God is inviting you, your leadership team, a women’s group to take time apart from the busyness of daily work and family life to plan a prayer/ spiritual retreat? How will you Stop, Look and Listen for the God’s invitation through the coming months?

To explore retreat possibilities for teenagers, children and adults, send Brenda a message through the website contact form.


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Winter Online Sabbath Retreat Days AT YOUR OWN PACE!

Don’t have time to get away for retreat?  Stay right at your computer and experience retreat leadership online through a narrated power point.

Seasonal Sabbath Retreat Days – self guided on your own time schedule!

Seasonal Sabbath Retreats

Do you want:
• A day to de-stress?
• A time to reconnect with God?
• A day to recharge your energy?

Seasonal Sabbath Retreat Days are planned for approximately 6 hours of retreat when you practice the prayer disciplines.

New reduced pricing: $49.00 for one retreat, $150.00 for all four seasons of retreat



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UMC Certified Lay Ministry Training

The Art of Mediation

March 17, 2018


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Finding a New Pace for Life


Traveling at “Warp Speed” individual life and communities are overloaded, bursting with expectation of performance. Downsizing, restructuring, seeking greater return and productivity; has left folks working multiple roles at the work site and on the home front. Parents, grandparents, and care givers balance career, family and bills which create a condition I read about in a John Ortberg book that has stuck with me. That condition named as “hurried sickness”. With everything marked “urgent,” “necessary,” “imperative,” “priority,” literally this fast pace of life is choking the human spirit. [Read More]

The Heart of the Matter

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Ican picture the scene within my mind’s eye. “The 12”, disciples that is, gathered around for casual conversation with Jesus. So at least it looked to the unsuspecting eye, that this was an unplanned casual conversation. But I wonder: Did “The 12” have a plan? Had they already decided after following Jesus so closely over the past years, what they truly desired to ask of Jesus? Or was it a spur of the moment idea inspired by the Holy Spirit? Either way the request was powerful. [read more]

Excellence through Spiritual Formation


Since we are created in the image of God with a God shaped emptiness within us that only God can fill (Blaisé Pascal) and affirming that a communicative relationship with God through prayer shapes our hearts divinely into the virtues and characteristics of God; then how does quenching the thirsting of our soul increase excellence for personal and professional leadership? [read more]

Just A Heart Click Away | Unleashing Possibility