A VP3 Gathering

Join us in warm and beautiful Arizona this winter for a time with like-minded friends gathered around a topic critical to our lives and ministries.

Being and Seeing Jesus in a Broken World

with Guest Speaker and Author, Greg Paul


February 19-21, 2025

Franciscan Renewal Center

5802 E. Lincoln Drive

Scottsdale, AZ

In this broken and lonely world, we struggle at our deepest core with believing our lives matter.  Sadly, many elements have led us to believe that we are less than what we are. But the stunning story of Jesus awakens us, again and again, to the reality that we all matter immensely. The Gospel writers record Jesus rising from the Jordan River and receiving three words about him and us: My Child, My Love, and My Pleasure.


Being and seeing Jesus means embracing these words for ourselves and recognizing their reality in the lives of the people around us. We can expect that most often, the Jesus we are to be and the Jesus we are to recognize among us will be identified in brokenness rather than power, on the cross rather than on the throne.


Where might the Spirit be inviting you to accept more deeply your identity as God’s child in this next chapter of your life? And where might the Spirit be inviting you to nurture the identities of others as God’s children in this broken and lonely world?


This February, carve out some time and space with like-minded friends to relax, pray, and pay attention to the things in your life that matter most.


Greg Paul (sanctuarytoronto.ca), author of several books, including God in the Alley and Close Enough to Hear God Breathe, will guide our conversation.


(Onsite lodging is limited, but local offsite lodging is plentiful. Register early to get your onsite lodging secured!)


Contact person Kay@vantagepoint3.org


Greg Paul is a pastor, member, and founder of the Sanctuary community in Toronto. Sanctuary, a community in which people who are wealthy and people who are poor live, work, and share their experiences and resources on a daily basis, makes a priority of welcoming and caring for some of the most hurting and excluded people in Canada’s largest city, including people struggling with addiction, mental illness, prostitution, and homelessness. Greg is the author of four award-winning books: Close Enough to Hear God Breathe; The Twenty-Piece Shuffle; and God In The Alley. His most recent book, Simply Open, offers a contemplative path for busy people. He is the father of four children and married to Maggie, who has three children of her own.

Registration Details

Costs include: the retreat, lodging, and all meals and snacks.

A more detailed schedule will be shared soon, but the Gathering will begin with supper on Wednesday, February 19 and conclude at noon on Friday, February 21.



Double Occupancy $595
Single Occupancy $730
Walk-in (no lodging) $400


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