Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development

Rating: 4.9 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Religion

Location: 419 Deerfield Road Camp Hill PA 17011 USA

Mission: Drawing from the Well of Christ. Contemplatively. Actively. We are a contemplative community that offers worshops, retreats, and training in spiritual direction to invite all people to experience God and God's call in their daily lives.

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Rating: 5 stars  

One of the phrases used to describe this organization is that it creates Safe, Sacred Space. I have been extremely happy to be affiliated with Oasis Ministries for the past 5 years, as a student, a Board Member and as a regular volunteer. This is the most welcoming bunch of people that I have ever met. I feel that I can truly be myself as I participate. This organization helps me to believe that people who mind the spirit help mend the world.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

I like to describe my Oasis experience as the most enriching thing I've done in the second half of life. The gifts of living continue to flow in awareness of God in all things.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Daily life and in serving on the Board helping the organization to grow.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

Role: Client Served
Rating: 4 stars  

Oasis has provided me the opportunity to be with a community of people who are caring and authentic, who really seem to live in the Spirit of God.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My whole experience in Oasis over the past seven years has helped me become more centered in God, and be a more caring listener.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I only wish that the activities were closer to my hometown, but every event I've particpated in has been well worth whatever travel effort I had to make.

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

This ministry is indeed an oasis, giving people the opportunity to be still and know God, and to learn to share the spiritual life with others.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my life and the lives of others, as we grow in our spiritual connections with each other and with God.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to serve it in community.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the sense of being in a holy and safe place when I am with other Oasis folks, no matter what the geographical location.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

People who are God-centered on a deep level, able to laugh and enjoy one another and tend to business, all from that center

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

touch many lives.

Ways to make it better...

I had given it my all.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

maintaining the financial stability we have reached, and sifting through many wonderful program possibilities. Joyful challenges.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Oasis is a true gift, quietness in a noisy world, a way to refreshment for those thirsting for God.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Spiritual direction training with Oasis Ministries opened me to look and listen for God's presence in everyone and everything. It changed the way I relate to people. I found I am not called to be a spiritual director; Teaching and adminstration are my gifts. But Oasis has led me into a more open and a deeper space with those gifts. Oasis invited me to be a board member and I learned how to approach analytical and organizational decision-making in a contemplative way. There is a healthy balance within the organization and within the obard. It is good.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the successful emphasis on creating community whenever people come together. It's not just what we learn or do, it's how we do it and what we become as individuals and as children of God.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

prayerful,committed,articulate and open to the Spirit. Everyone is welcomed into the community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I have been nurtured, developed, and strengthened by the programs and people of Oasis Ministries over 10 years. This community of care for "saving the world" through contemplative practices personally, and sharing this gift with others as a trained spiritual director throug the Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides [SDSG] program has deepend my life both as a spiritual companion and a parish priest. The Rev. Paul W. Gennett, Jr. St. Thomas's Episcopal Church, Newark DE

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Deepened life in God's presend daily

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The deep & caring community of contemplative pilgrims like me

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Excellent, well trained while open to new learning of God's Spirit, caring, compassionate, and deeply committed to sharing this gift to the world

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Broaden it program offerings nationally, expanding staff to do the work, as well as maintain our course pricing & scholarship offerings so none would need to be turned away or not attend due to lack of funds

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

My experience with Oasis is that it is a space in which I am both deeply received and opened.....a refuge and an oasis. It has truly become a place of 'ahhhh', where I almost immediately experience a sense of peace within myself, a return to who I am, and a sense of well-being and wholeness. I am restored to my center in Love, from which I can go forth into the other places of my life with a heart full and at peace.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way in which I feel about myself, and the ways in which I can carry that feeling with me into life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

buy it a retreat house!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the way in which I have found belonging and hope. The people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

welcoming, warm, peaceful, whole, joyous, contemplative.

Ways to make it better...

Oasis had a physical home, where one might go for daily quiet time when one feels the need for sanctuary, solitude and/or prayer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

communicating the Oasis experience so that others might find it. Their work is soo very experiential and transformative that words fall short.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

21 people found this review helpful

I am so happy to be a part of Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development. As a graduate of Oasis, I fully appreciate the power of prayer and reflection. As I write this review I find myself dealing with a family situation that is totally unexpected and depressing. However, my ability to pray, in the moment and with the full realization that God is present with me,I know that there is always a healing place for me and those whom I love. Oasis Ministries provides a unique and necessary training to all persons of faith. The workshops, conferences, and institute training provided by Oasis should be experienced by everyone. I pray that Oasis Ministries expands into every area of the United States and beyond.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own peersonal life and ministry. I train Chaplains and I am a Pastor. The training is life changing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do as much as I could to make this organization more diverse.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It makes me step out of my comfort zone.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Frinedly and serious about their work.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand it outreach to other parts of the country. It could hire more people to provide the much need training it offers. It could better use technology to reach more people.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to devote to the organization.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Finances and religious organizations that don't understand the mission.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is a great organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

Rating: 5 stars  

24 people found this review helpful

My life has been blessed in many ways but this ministry that invites people to experience God in their daily lives as a way of living. Sharing with others of like mind this 'theology' is what draws me to continue my support of gifts, prayers and participation in Oasis events. Namaste

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my personal growth in faith and action.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

what I have received from it. My approach to spirituality have grown by leaps and bounds.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

folks who have completed the classes and want to share the opportunity with others.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-11-01

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

This is a real life story of mine a few year ago. Hopefully it will help you understand what Oasis 'is' and why I support it's training of quality spiritual directors. Possilby YOU would like to become a spiritual director and/or support this work as well. Namaste, "Last weekend I faced 'a near death experience'. On Sunday morning I awoke with a large lymph node popping out on the side of my neck! I've had a head cold recently and thought it was from the cold but I have heard of Hodgkin's and such so...I was thinking about it. I went to church and at the coffee hour... A doctor, an ENT, was there. We had other business, and so we got to chatting. When we were chatting it occurred to me that he was an ENT. I asked him, 'What do you make of this?' and showed him my neck. He was about 2 inches from my face saying 'You need to be seen by my associate at the clinic at the Hershey Medical Hospital. STAT!!!' I was knocked for a loop. Now, even though HE thought he was doing the caring thing by pulling all the strings he could, it only sent my fear level through the roof! I had been thinking that Monday morning I'd see my family physician and go from there; however, this ENT had his office call me to set up a STAT appointment. I again was blown away!!! Long story shortened...I set up the appointment in Hershey, I went to my family doctor in the beginning of the week for blood work and to see if other tests were needed. I began taking an antibiotic, and... I received EXCELLENT blood reports!!! I cancelled the appointment at Hershey (which is out of my network anyway). I tell you this because, being single I went through so many thoughts. The helpful ENT said, 'I'm treating you like one of my own.' I thanked him. His concern was kind but his 'chaos' was really not good for me. If this turned out as serious as he was sounding, how would I manage even a 6-9 month treatment time, or news of whether or not I'd even live that long. What happened for me is that I 'dropped into my spiritual direction training.' I went into the emotion with God. I let go to God. I prayed 'Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy' over and over and over until the panic eased. I honored the shadow side and let it be as it was. Later in the week, I met with my spiritual director. WHO ELSE WOULD UNDERSTAND? Where would one go other than their spiritual director? My work with Oasis Ministries has proven invaluable to me during this time of uncertainty. I feel my experiences with spiritual direction allowed me to process the 48 hours of 'near death.' This is why I will work with Oasis Ministries. I wish to do what I can to help promote quality training of spiritual directors so they can offer QUALITY spiritual direction to others. I still have a lymph node that is a little swollen but it's getting smaller daily. Whatever this is, it is... and I am on solid ground now. I am so blessed."

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

personal growth in faith and action.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

what I have received from it. My approach to spirituality have frown by leaps and bounds.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

folks who have completed the classes and want to share the opportunity with others.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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