Our Story

Refine began in 2013 with a clear invitation from God to enter into His "refining fire" and experience the transformative work of the Holy Spirit. It was, affectionately, an invitation to step into a quieter space with God. One year later, with little detail about the weekend, twenty-four attendees bravely answered that initial call in the spring of 2014. We all left that weekend changed, healed, inspired, and mended. 

In the aftermath of that keystone event, God's continual call to submit to His refining work in our lives has not cooled. God's passionate love for His people blazes everywhere in the world around us, but in the noise of the everyday, it's easy for us to put off this wooing. It's difficult to make space to attend to our souls. 

At Refine {the retreat} we are making space to meet with God, to deliberately invite Him to work in our hearts--to refine us,  as a group and as individuals. Refine is the place to bring our weary, weighted hearts to Him, and let Him show us what His abundance means.

Refine {the retreat} is a place for worship, rest and reflection, a place for healing, spiritual direction and renewal. Refine is an open-door invitation to experience more of God. 

He trained us first, passed us like silver through refining fires, brought us to hardscrabble country, pushed us to our very limit, road-tested us inside and out, took us to hell and back; Finally he brought us to this well-watered place.
— Psalm 66:10 Msg

This song, Nothing I Hold On To is the ONE God has laid on our hearts for Refine 2017.

(cover by Sarah Lee)