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Refocus

On God and His love for you.

Refresh

Your mind & heart.

Renew

Your vision.

Going Deeper Together

Is a ministry for leaders with rest, recovery, and recharge as the focus. There are two primary focuses of Going Deeper Together ministries...

Intensives

These unique 4-day experiences involve no more than 8 men or women and include three different levels of training. Most are held at Subiaco Abbey in Central Arkansas or other similar venues in different parts of the country. At the present time participation in these intensives are by-invitation-only from a previous participant. For more information you can call Bob Ryan.

Small Groups

These unique groups of focused fellowship are comprised of participants in one of the 4-day intensives. They meet monthly, and the purpose is for mutual encouragement in the ongoing practice of the perspectives and disciplines both taught and experienced at the intensive.

Resources

This collection includes audio and video resources, materials from Dr. Oliver's presentations, and a blog full of articles about emotional and relational health. Visit our Resources page for more information.

Testimonials

I came discouraged, dejected, depressed and considering resigning after 22 years of ministry. I left more encouraged than I've ever been and my hope and faith restored.

It was clear that at just the right time God's sovereign hand brought me together with this group. God heard the cry of my heart and answered my prayers.

I was in a dry time time spiritually, both personally and pastorally. This intensive brought clarity from the Lord, through which I left refreshed and encouraged.

“While good information and more head knowledge is valuable, my bias is that the very best measure of Christian maturity is the degree to which we are living, looking, listening, loving and sounding a wee bit more like our Lord Jesus Christ every single day.”

Gary J. Oliver, Ph.D., Th.M.

Going Deeper Leadership Training

In addition to the intensives, we offer seminars on various aspects of Leadership as well as Emotional & Relational Intelligence (ERI). Topics include understanding managing a wide range of emotions, communication, conflict management and the value of  understanding different perspectives on personality preferences  (MBTI, Enneagram etc.) for increasing effectiveness in our personal and professional relationships.

Dr. Oliver is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Psychology and Practical Theology and holds the Gary J. Oliver Endowed Chair of Marriage, Family & Relationships at John Brown University. For 24 years he served as the Founding Executive Director of The Center for Healthy Relationships. His 5 earned degrees include an M. Div. from Talbot Seminary, a Th.M. from Fuller Seminary and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Nebraska— Lincoln. He is a Clinical Member & Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).  He also serves on the Executive Board of the American Association for Christian Counseling (AACC).  

 

He has authored over 20 books and 350 professional and popular articles, has spoken and provided professional training both nationally and internationally, including speaking to over 1,000,000 men in live venues for Promise Keepers.

 

Gary teaches, trains and consults with church and parachurch ministries, community organizations, corporations, seminaries, Christian colleges and universities both nationally and internationally to strengthen relationships.

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Bob Ryan

Bob Ryan is a native of Northwest Arkansas. After serving in the Army, he worked in retail for 30 years. He then had the joy of serving as a small group pastor at a large local church for 12 years. He followed this with a transition into mentoring, discipleship, and guiding others. His heart continues to be in discipleship and seeing leaders develop and grow.

After attending one of the first Going Deeper Together intensives, he gained some significant insights regarding the cultivation of emotional and relational spirituality. This included a growing understanding of how becoming "conformed to the Image of His Son" (Romans 8:29) involves the whole person — thinking, feeling, and doing. 

Over the last several years, Bob has been an integral part in offering relationship intensives for church leaders and lay people, first with The Center for Healthy Relationships and now with Going Deeper Together.

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