Application part 2 – Costa Rica 2015

Thank you for your desire to join us as we explore the gospel of Matthew.

As with all Come before Winter events, we will immerse ourselves in the spiritual disciplines of Bible study, prayer, worship, and reflection. We will focus on:

Jesus, the King and Lord
who has broken into human history,
fulfilling prophecy,
announcing his Kingdom,
and commissioning his followers to prepare
themselves and the world he loves
for his eventual return.

For believers Matthew offers a communal picture of what it means to be the true Israel, righteous from the inside out and living into God’s purpose and mission.

Team members and participants will join Covenant Groups. Members of these groups will pray for one another and examine together what God has in mind for each of us, for the good of all of us. We will explore our personal and communal missions in the various contexts in which we serve, both ministerial and relational, both now and in the future.
Please note: This study requires participants to complete more advance preparation than previous studies—in terms of registration, prayer, readings, and responses.

The first piece of preparation begins now. In order to better divide our Covenant Groups, we ask that each participant supply us with a four-letter formula identifying your personality type as assessed by a Myers-Briggs examination. If you know these letters, simply enter them at the appropriate place during registration. If you do not know these letters, please go online prior to registration and take a personality analysis test. One such test that is easy to take and free is the Jung Typology Test. It takes about 10 minutes.  Click here to go to the test. The team will, of course, provide you with the same information about us. (e.g. Karen Alexander: INFJ; Jeanene Reese: ENFJ.) Learn more about personality types in general here.

• Expect to hear from your Covenant Group leaders a few weeks before the renewal with other specific assignments. Until then, read Matthew.

We want all potential participants to know about this preparation before applying so there will be no surprises when we arrive in Costa Rica.

Thus in the spirit of the gospel of Matthew, we invite you to come. All things are ready. Will you come to the feast?


Thank you for taking the time to complete the registration application below. Your Come before Winter team will review and discuss each applicant’s registration in order to prepare for our time together. We will be praying for you specifically from the time you register until the event itself. Your team will complete the same form prior to the renewal so that you also will have the same opportunity to know about and pray for us.

About submitting your application:
If you have any difficulty accessing the online application, email us at  In your subject line, please use these words: “Difficulty with Application.”

NOTE: The application is lengthy and will take about 45 minutes to complete. We regret that our system cannot save your entries as you go. Thus, you will need to complete the application in a single sitting.

If you would like to download a pdf of the application so that you might prepare your responses in advance at your leisure, then later cut and paste those answers into the required online application, click on the following link: Registration Questionnaire pdf.  (After clicking on the link, you will need to download the file before filling in the fields.  This pdf is for your use only and does not need to be returned to us.)  Please note: Even if you choose to prepare your answers ahead of time using the pdf, which is optional, ALL REGISTRATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THE ONLINE FORM THAT IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWS THESE INSTRUCTIONS.

1.  Complete the application below.  Answers need not be lengthy, but please be specific.  We require the completion of all fields before we can consider your application.  All information will remain confidential among the Come before Winter team.  We realize that this is a long application.  However, we use all of this information to prepare a renewal that will meet the needs of the women attending.

2.  Click “Submit” when you have completed all of the questions.

A confirmation code will appear.  This is your indication that we have received your application.

If you do not receive this code, please scroll down and check for highlighted errors.  In addition to the confirmation code which appears here, you will also receive a confirmation e-mail.

You will be notified when your application has been reviewed and accepted.

Please direct all additional questions to