Norman A Yeager
One of the pastor's responsibilities is to teach parishioners how to maintain a deep personal relationship with God. The Seventh-day Adventist church has not developed tools that enable the pastor to meet this responsibility. The Deeper Life Conference is designed to fill this gap through the adaptation of the spiritual retreat concept. During the weekend long conference, the participants receive instruction in meditation, prayer, healthfulness, and fasting, and are given time to practice meditation and prayer. Three surveys taken before, at the close of the Conference, and six months after the conference determine the growth in the participants' spiritual life. Growth in the relationship with God seems to take place across all age groups and lengths of church membership.