THIN SPACE MINISTRIES

Our Mission:

Transformation.

Providing tools for individuals & small groups to experience transformation in their lives & ministries.

About

 

It all started when…

Several years ago, I read a couple of books on Celtic theology: Listening For the Heartbeat of God by J. Philip Newell and Anam Cara by John O'Donohue. I became intrigued with the notion of "thin spaces" from Celtic theology, places where heaven and earth are so close they almost touch.

After walking the Fortner Ridge property nestled in a bend of Eagle Creek, Mark and I both agreed that this felt like a "thin space." We purchased the property in 2011, named it Anam Cara, and began to dream about sharing our "thin space" with others. By the end of January 2012, our home and retreat space were finished and in April of that same year we received our first guests.

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We have always called our Fortner Ridge property Anam Cara based on the Gaelic for "soul friend" because I wanted our home to be a place of hospitality and healing. At the time, however, I didn't know the broader definition of Anam Cara as a friend on the journey who can guide you to listening for the heartbeat of God through spiritual direction. I count that serendipitous naming as God’s prophetic affirmation of the ministry that would continue to unfold here. Today, Thin Space Ministries is a non-profit Limited Liability Corporation with a singular mission and vision, but an ever- expanding menu of options to experience transformation through spiritual direction, retreats, and small group coaching.

While we deeply feel that Anam Cara on Fortner Ridge is a "thin space," my hope is that during your time here you will discover the "thin space" in your heart that comes from abiding in Christ and allowing Christ to abide in you. Along with hospitality, when you come to stay at Anam Cara you will always find a "soul friend" waiting to join you on the journey. May God refresh your heart for love and your hands for service!

~Judy

 
 
 
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Our Mission

The mission of Thin Space Ministries is to provide tools for individuals and small groups to experience transformation in their lives and in their ministries. Those tools include space primarily for personal retreats, coaching, and Spiritual Direction. 

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Our Ministry Menu

 

JOIN OUR FASTING COMMUNITY

Fasting is an ancient practice used by both religious communities and for its health benefits. If God is calling you to practice fasting as a spiritual discipline, we welcome you to join our fasting community using the fast traditionally described as the Wesleyan fast. You may also choose a fasting style that better suits your health status. Please check with your health provider before beginning any type of fasting. When you sign up you will receive a welcome email describing the Wesleyan fast. In the weeks that follow, you will have the opportunity to share words of encouragement, pieces of scripture, or prayers with the rest of the community as we share this sacred tradition. When signing up, please put "FASTING" in the subject line of your email.

 

SMALL GROUP & PRIVATE RETREATS

Anam Cara is the perfect space for your small group or personal retreat. Bring your Leadership Team, Small Group, or Confirmation Class along with your own agenda and food.

SLEEPING SPACE: Anam Cara has 2 bunk rooms. Each room sleeps 6. There is also one private room with a queen bed. Additional space is available in the personal section of Mark & Judy's home with 2 additional private bedrooms, perfect for your guest speaker. Each bunk room has a kneeler and prayer shawl for personal prayer. Pillows, blankets, sheets, and towels are provided.

MEETING SPACE: The Fellowship Area has a corner fireplace and can comfortably seat 40 people for a daytime event. Five round tables and 40 padded, folding chairs are available for your use. For retreat guests, the Fellowship Area can be set up with a ping pong table, sofa, and rocking chairs. This area has free wi-fi and a large screen television with provided HDMI cable and Apple TV for your professional presentations.

EATING SPACE: The kitchen area is equipped with a farmhouse table which seats 10-12, refrigerator, stove, microwave, coffee pot, toaster, and all the pots, pans, dishes and serving utensils needed to prepare meals.

OUTSIDE SPACE: The property owned by Mark & Judy Stallons is approximately 24 acres, 22 of which are wooded. The northeast corner of the property nestles up against Eagle Creek with 500 feet of river footage. Separating the knoll where the retreat house sits and Eagle Creek is a small run-off stream affectionately called Anam Cara Creek. It is dry in the summer, but can swell to up to 60 feet during spring flooding. For the majority of the year, Anam Cara Creek is a gently moving stream that can easily be walked across to enjoy the property on the back ridge. Outdoor space includes a small labyrinth made from materials found on the property, a prayer trail and prayer guides, and a fire pit with seating area.

NO COST

 
 

Availability

Sunday – Saturday

Location

1260 Fortner Ridge
Corinth, Kentucky 41010

SUGGESTED DONATION OF $35/NIGHT OR $50/WEEKEND

 

DISICPLESHIP COACHING

Small group coaching is available for developing discipleship strategies and tools. This learning opportunity will focus on an L4 model developed by Judy: Life together, Learning together, Leading together, and Leaving. L4 is based on the model given us by Jesus when he invited followers to come and see, come and follow, and go and serve. Judy's research is built around not only the biblical text, but the educational philosophy of Lev Vygotsky and his work on the Zone of Proximal Development.

 

 

Availability

Monday – Saturday
Morning, Afternoon or Evening

Location

1260 Fortner Ridge
Corinth, Kentucky 41010

 

strategic planning

Coaching is available to lead your church or organization through a process of strategic planning and team development around covenant accountability. We will work on what makes a strong team, how to deal with team conflict, developing a ministry action plan with a mission and vision, and the action items that will help move your team from its current context to your preferred vision. 

Availability

Monday – Saturday
Morning, Afternoon or Evening

Location

1260 Fortner Ridge
Corinth, Kentucky 41010

 

PREPARE & ENRICH

Rev. Dr. Judy Stallons is a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator. Opportunities exist for premarital consultations and marriage enrichment retreats. For more information on Prepare & Enrich, please visit their webpage at: https://www.prepare-enrich.com

Availability

Monday – Saturday
Morning, Afternoon or Evening

Location

1260 Fortner Ridge
Corinth, Kentucky 41010

SUGGESTED DONATION OF $50/SESSION

 

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Dr. Stallons is available for select speaking engagements focusing on:

  • "Following in Our Rabbi's Footsteps: Grasping What It Means to be a Disciple of Jesus Christ."
  • "The Women I Come From: Understand the Unique DNA Women Share."

Availability

Sunday – Saturday
Morning, Afternoon or Evening

 

 

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

Spiritual Direction is available with the option for a day-long retreat.

"Spiritual direction is, in reality, nothing more than a way of leading us to see and obey the real Director — the Holy Spirit hidden in the depths of our soul."

Thomas Merton, Trappist monk, USA

"Direction is not about telling people what to believe or how to act but working with the Spirit to discover, surface, name for themselves, and engage in what God is doing."

Rev. Kenton Smith, Presbyterian, USA

Availability

Monday – Friday
Morning or Afternoon 

Location

1260 Fortner Ridge
Corinth, Kentucky 41010

SUGGESTED DONATION OF $50/SESSION

MORE ON SUGGESTED DONATIONS...

THIN SPACE MINISTRIES embraces the teachings of Jesus and the testimony of the Hebrew Scriptures that God provides for our daily needs. Therefore, the cost of personal retreats or spiritual direction will have been covered by others who have previously poured into this ministry. Our desire is that every person would have an opportunity to listen for the heartbeat of God regardless of financial situation.

The suggested cost for one person’s spiritual direction or one-day personal retreat is $50. If you are blessed by this ministry, we would ask that you spend a quiet moment in prayer asking God how you are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus for another person seeking space for spiritual renewal. With that in mind, your offering is not a "payment for services rendered." Grace is not something one can buy. Your gift simply ensures that someone else can be blessed in the future—you are pouring the blessing forward.

  • SPIRITUAL DIRECTION: 40% DISCOUNT TO CLERGY MEMBERS WITHIN THE KENTUCKY ANNUAL CONFERENCE.

  • RETREATS: NO COST TO WESLEY FOUNDATION/CAMPUS MINISTRY LEAD TEAMS.

  • NO COST TO CLERGY PERSON FACILITATING A RETREAT OF 4 OR MORE PEOPLE

BIO

 

Judy is an ordained elder in the Kentucky Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Her background prior to ordination includes serving as a Community Health Educator, registered nurse, and elementary school educator in grades K-4, P.E., and Music. Judy has a passion for mentoring others in what it means to be a disciple-making disciple of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. She has traveled to Israel, Egypt, Australia, China, and Kenya giving her a global perspective on what it means to live as a citizen of the kingdom of God. Her doctoral dissertation, Following Our Rabbi: Discovering an Apprentice Model of Discipleship, became the foundation of her ministry role today as a retreat leader, speaker, coach, Spiritual Director, and follower of Jesus Christ committed to teaching others what it means to be transformed.

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