Central Presbyterian Church in Nevada is trying something for the first time this month.
The church, on Friday, Feb. 22, is hosting a one-day retreat, where those attending will listen in, via video stream, and join thousands from around the country on the topic of “Work as Worship.”
Central Presbyterian pastor, John Molacek, said the retreat is put on by RightNow Media, a company that the church uses in many other ways. “RightNow Media is like a Netflix of resources that we use,” he said, “and they contacted us to host this retreat. What made us say, ‘yes,’ is the principle that all of life is God’s.”
According to the retreat promotion, Work as Worship will feature speakers like Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author; Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby and Megan Alexander, a correspondent for Inside Edition. These and other speakers will explore the sacred connection between faith and work.
Molacek said the retreat centers on the basic premise that “there’s not church time and non-church time.” No matter what work God has called one to do, all work should be done to the glory of God, he explained. “We all get in patterns of ‘this is what I do’ (each day), but no matter what you are doing, you have the ability to influence people (about love for God). We want to broaden that understanding.”
The retreat is open to anyone in the community who would like to take part. “Anybody who wants to worship God in everything they do is invited,” Molacek said.
The retreat runs from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the church. It costs $30 to take part, and of that cost, half goes to Right Now Media, and half goes to the church to help cover costs, which includes a lunch that is provided as part of the registration fee.
Registration is only available online. You must go to www.centralpresbyterianchurch.org for the registration link. If the church would reach its maximum on attendees, then those trying to register will get the message that it’s full. If you want to take part, but are not comfortable with online registration, you may call the church, 515-382-4998, and someone can assist you with that process.
Molacek is excited about the retreat and said if it goes well, the church may be willing to host future retreats of this type.
“I’m excited to have people be able to have a new vision of their day-to-day life,” he said.