Creating a Rule of Life: Embodying Faithful Wholeness in Every Season Course
The invitation to create and live into a rule of life is, at its heart, an invitation to join God in the work of redeeming chaos by creating cosmos. To welcome beauty, order, and wholeness. To name the priorities, postures, practices, and rhythms you want to form—and be formed by. Because, whether you're aware of it or not, you are being formed by the forces and expectations around you. In creating a rule of life, you become intentional about the values and dynamics that shape who you are becoming.
This is our most-asked-for resource—the one we've been dreaming and planning from the very beginning and now refining throughout 2021 in our first three cohorts.
Through our time together, you’ll learn how to discern and live into healthy rhythms, postures, and practices that will guide you as you grow in Christ-likeness. You’ll learn more about what a rule of life is—and what it isn’t. (Hint: it isn’t a list of resolutions or ambitions for self-improvement.) You’ll release what isn’t serving you to make more room for God's presence in your life and begin reshaping and renewing your world under God’s guidance. You’ll chart action steps to integrate your domestic, faith, and work households more fully and weave prayer into your everyday rhythms and routines. You’ll create profound and regenerative rhythms of hospitality and identify ways to actively cultivate joy in your daily rhythms. You’ll finish the course with your own, unique rule of life that fits your current season and yet, has the ability to adapt to any circumstance that arises while moving you toward holistic faithfulness.
Specifically, we hope that in working through this course you will:
- Become more attentive to God’s invitation to shape your life according to God's love
- Practice transforming your daily work into “prayer without ceasing”
- Create stability in your life, so that you are able to extend more profound hospitality to others
- Protect joy for yourself and others by minimizing decision fatigue and burnout
- Develop a “rubric for decision” so that you can your rule of life can adapt to new seasons and situations
- Enjoy God’s goodness through rich daily practices and gentle rhythms
- Interact with a vibrant, global, ecumenical community of fellow Christians and gather in a small formation group led by a minister or spiritual director where you'll have time to ask questions, celebrate milestones, and workshop the course material together
Frequently asked questions:
How much time should I allow for the course? I'm really interested but want to be sure I can fully commit. Thank you for taking such a thoughtful and thorough approach to your commitments! You can plan to spend up to four very flexible hours on each course module, depending on your schedule, priorities, and preferences. You can spend those hours in one chunk if that works for you, or work them in by smaller snippets here and there. You may spend an hour or so on each of the following:
watching course videos and reading through course materials (up to 2 hours per module)
engaging with your small formation group via zoom meetings (1 hour per module)
reflecting on and responding to the module (up to 1 hour per module)
I’ve never heard of a rule of life. Can you tell me more about what it is, exactly? A rule of life is a commitment to live in a certain way. Once written, your rule of life serves as a tool to help you make decisions for your life and determine how best to order your days. The idea of a rule of life stretches back thousands of years, to the sixth century, when Benedict of Nursia created his Rule to help the community he led translate their faith into the habits and rhythms of daily life. Benedict’s text was widely adopted and has become a key text for Christian monastic life in the 1500 years since he first wrote it.
This course sounds incredible! I am very new to the liturgical year and spiritual practices in general, would this course be appropriate for me? Absolutely! One of our hopes is to come alongside you with both guidance and companionship as you seek to integrate spiritual practices into your everyday life. The liturgical year has been a wonderful guide for us in doing just that, and we explore together in the course ways it might be a guide for you, too, as you look at your rhythms and practices.
Is this course specific to a particular denomination or faith tradition? The course was written for and has already been appreciated by an ecumenical body of students. It’s applicable to anyone who desires to embody a faithful wholeness and grow in Christ-likeness. We highly value the distinct contributions and unitive communion of the various denominations and experiences within the Christian tradition, as well as of our brothers and sisters outside the church. We expect the course (as our community) to be full of a variety of theological perspectives on all the things—but sharing our experiences, stories, and faith is part of the point! Our interactions in the course portal, during office hours, and in small formation groups, will be guided by our community values and conversation guide, which are focused on hospitality, curiosity, and humility.
Is there a payment plan so I can spread the cost out over a few weeks or months? Yep, we've got monthly payment options for each formation group time! Just scroll back up and click the button that says "View Payment Options" to select the meeting time that works best for you.
Is there a chance this course might be accessible by sliding scale or scholarship? We've been able to offer several, so far, and hope to continue. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your specific request.
Course Material: 12 online modules, including corresponding videos and interactive/printable PDF workbook pages for each module
Community Experience: Journey alongside others tending to their own intentional formation. Simply choose the meeting day and time that works best for your rhythms. Each cohort will be led by a spiritual director or minister.
May 2022 | 12 Month Cohort (meets monthly May 2022 - April 2023)
- 2nd Thursday of each month at 9 am central
June 2022 | 12 Month Cohort (meets monthly June 2022 - May 2023)
- 2nd Thursday of each month at 1 pm central
- 3rd Tuesday of each month at 8 pm central
ABOUT SACRED ORDINARY DAYS
Sacred Ordinary Days offers a fresh approach, holistic tools, and time-honored resources to help people grow in Christ-likeness—and help the church come together—through intentional Christian spiritual formation.
We create tools rooted in ancient practices and rhythms but translated with a clean aesthetic, and accessible language. We create courses to help you learn, practice, and connect with kindred spirits. We curate resources that help you fill out your toolkit. Ultimately, we believe that helping people grow in Christlikeness will build the church and, in turn, the kingdom. The building blocks are sacred, ordinary days.
I joined when this was still 8 weeks but the experience was amazing. This course is all about gentle attention, both internally and also from our guides. The content is rich and stimulating and the appendices were some of my favorite parts.