I am in Manila this week for our Every Nation Seminary Residential Intensive with sixty-three students/leaders from twenty-seven nations. When I meet with and hear from these students on topics like global mission and apostolic leadership, I become even more encouraged about Every Nation’s future. It’s a joy and privilege to teach and lead alongside these students and faculty members.

Every morning and afternoon, students and faculty gather in the Every Nation roof-deck prayer chapel for a 30-minute worship service. But most of our students and faculty arrive at the chapel 10–15 minutes early for a time of silence and solitude.

I have heard from quite a few students that the daily practice of silence has been refreshing and transformational. Throughout church history, silence and solitude were considered vital components of spiritual formation in the church.

Today’s message addresses why and how to reclaim this practice.