Creating a Rule of Life: Embodying Faithful Wholeness in Every Season Course
Creating a Rule of Life: Embodying Faithful Wholeness in Every Season Course
Creating a Rule of Life: Embodying Faithful Wholeness in Every Season Course
Creating a Rule of Life: Embodying Faithful Wholeness in Every Season Course

Creating a Rule of Life: Embodying Faithful Wholeness in Every Season Course

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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 since 2021. Since then hundreds of people have been through it and we’ve refined our offering for impact, ease, enjoyment, and transformation all along the way.

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 finish the course with your own, unique rule of life that fits your current season a prayerful resource meant to keep you moving toward wholeness, freedom, and love through a life with God.

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”

  • Receive guidance from the Spirit through re-imagined time in holy scripture

  • 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 does this course work? How do I get my materials?
    I’m so glad you’re curious about the course! Once you register, you’ll receive full access to the course, so you can start immediately. You will also be given the opportunity to sign up for formation groups, and during the time of your formation group, you’ll receive weekly emails so you are prepared for that week’s module focus and meeting.

  • 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 a big 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 or listening to course audio

    • reading through module in the course guidebook

    • reflecting on and responding to the materials

    • engaging with your small formation group via Zoom meeting

  • I’m not much of an online group person. Is there any way I can do this in person?
    Yes! Soon we'll be offering this exact course, but with the option for quarterly in-person retreats at Cedarbrake Renewal Center in Belton, Texas with your formation group, as opposed to weekly meetings on Zoom. Stay tuned for details as we prepare to launch this opportunity! 

  • 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 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 imagine, discern, and integrate spiritual practices into your everyday life. The intentional space of community built through formation groups is the perfect place to take these questions and wonderings!

  • 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 participants. 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 formal walls of 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 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 hello@sacredordinarydays.com with your specific request. Or, if you’d like to give toward this fund, please let us know.

Course Material: 8 online modules, including corresponding teaching which you can enjoy via video or audio , and an interactive/printable PDF guidebook Each module includes a named outcome, an opening prayer, scripture, prompts for reflection, space to name your prayer + action moving forward, a rubric for discernment, a quote, and (almost all include) a corresponding piece of art.

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. Once you register, you’ll be given the link to sign up. If at first you don’t see anything that works for you – do not fear! We will be consistently adding new formation group offerings, to accommodate different schedules. (We’ve already got dates and time mapped out for the next few months!)

COHORT OPTIONS

8-Week Offerings Scheduled Now

June & August 2024 Cohorts:
Thursday at 11am starting June 13
Thursday at 1pm starting June 13
Friday at 9am starting June 14

August & September 2024 Cohorts:
Tuesday at 9am starting August 6
Tuesday at 1pm starting August 6

September & October 2024 Cohorts:
Thursday at 11am starting September 30
Thursday at 1pm starting September 30

(Please note: Join anytime & get access to the materials, then join a cohort when you're ready. We will continue to offer new cohort opportunities throughout the year!)


 

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.

What types of shipping services do you offer?

We ship all over the world! In the USA, we currently offer free shipping on all orders valued at $75 and above (applied at checkout) and flat rate shipping of $5 or $8 per package on orders valued under $75, depending on total package weight. International pricing varies by region and cost is calculated at checkout.

How quickly will my order ship?

Digital products are automatically sent by email shortly after you place your order. Physical products are shipped from our warehouse in Waco, TX on weekday afternoons. You'll receive an email with tracking information when your order is shipped.

Can I change my shipping address, email or payment info?

Because our orders ship daily, we may not be able to change your information before your order is processed and shipped. For that reason, please verify your shipping address at checkout before submitting your order. If you find an error, contact us as soon as possible and we will try our hardest to make corrections before the order goes out. We try to check email for any shipping-related updates before printing labels.

What is your return policy?

We do our best to describe and depict each product with great care and detail. For that reason we created the FREE Essentials Workbook to give you a closer look at the design of our planner. The Essentials Workbook will help you evaluate if our product is a good fit for you before you spend any money. You can often purchase digital sample months of the planners to try before you buy. Our planner isn't a perfect fit for everyone, though. We haven't set out to be. It's not possible! That said, let us know if you find an issue and we will do our best to make it right.

If your physical product is damaged or defective, or you receive the wrong product, please contact us with your name, order number, and nature of the issue at hello@sacredordinarydays.com and we will address your concern as quickly as possible.

Customer Reviews

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Colin (Saranac Lake, US)
Absolutely worth it!

I was part of the inaugural cohort for this course, and it was absolutely worth it. I know the team has worked hard to improve the course since then, but it was deeply impactful even that first time. Although I had previously developed a rule of life before taking this course, my own version was too rigid and fueled by guilt. By comparison, this course was a breath of fresh air that gave me the freedom and tools to explore options that would enable me to craft spiritual habits that are both effective for me and flexible enough to adapt with the shifting seasons in life. The course materials were outstanding, which were supported and further expanded by the teaching. The best part was absolutely the cohort model as we journeyed alongside others, encouraging one another and growing together. A person could develop a rule of life on their own, but this is a far more effective method and well worth the investment. Highly recommended!

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Abigail Pore (Mebane, US)
Incredible

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.