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

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—and one we've been dreaming and planning from the very beginning. 

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, ecumenical community of fellow Christians, with Jenn Giles Kemper and Bethany Bear Hebbard as your instructors and guides.
  • Gather in a small formation group alongside a spiritual director and fellow journeyers tending to their own intentional formation where you'll have time to ask questions, celebrate milestones, and workshop the course material together

Frequently asked questions:

    • How much time should I expect the course to take each week? 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 three very flexible hours on the course each week, 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, reading, and engaging with the course materials (up to 2 hours)
      • engaging with your small formation group via weekly zoom meetings (1 hour)
    • 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 have a whole appendix on how 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? Email us at with your specific request. We've made it possible for a few students already.
    • Is there a chance this course might be accessible by sliding scale or scholarships? Email us at with your specific request.  We've been offering these as much as we can. 

Course Length: 12 weeks

Cohort Options: 2022 dates will be announced soon

Course Material: 80-page interactive and printable workbook PDF and 12 online modules, including a corresponding video 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.


    Bethany Bear Hebbard is a radical homemaker and renegade PhD. After teaching college English for several years, she married a deacon-farmer and spent five years living in a community for the chronically homeless. Along the way she has worked as a teacher, speaker, writer, and director of a missional apprenticeship program. She makes her home in Texas with her husband Steven and their two children. Together, they cultivate a “demonstration plot for the kingdom of God” where rich and poor can come together.

    Jenn Giles Kemper is the founder and the heart behind Sacred Ordinary Days, which exists to help people grow in Christ-likeness—and help the church come together—through holistic Christian spiritual formation. Jenn’s background in ministry and spiritual direction, her love of connecting people, and her desire for beautiful, useful, theologically robust resources for spiritual formation drive her to create. What results are tools rooted in ancient practices and rhythms but translated with a clean aesthetic and accessible language, like the Sacred Ordinary Days Planner.


    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 are thrilled to ship to the US and around the world. We offer Media Mail and Priority Mail via the United States Postal Service and other similar services. All orders are processed in the order they were received. All USPS shipping fees are based on our costs to ship to you and may shift ever-so-slightly from day-to-day, as they update in real time. 

    First Class International shipping prices range from $25-$40 USD and depend on the destination. International customers may also be charged an additional tariff fee when retrieving their packages from post offices. We are unable to include it in the cost of your item and shipping currently. We understand international shipping is a bit more expensive. We hope to have more international options as our volume increases, but in the meantime placing a group order with your friends will reduce the international cost and give you a group discount!

    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 every weekday afternoon. 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 and we will address your concern as quickly as possible.

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