Offering, encouraging and teaching friendship in Christ to leaders in the business, political, arts and spiritual marketplaces.
Who is Touchstone?
Touchstone is a loosely linked community of friends whose vocation places them in leadership in the business, political, arts and spiritual marketplaces. With the assistance of Norm Allen, women and men explore what it means to love God with heart, soul, mind and strength. The direction from Jesus to “love our neighbor as ourselves” helps leaders to engage in friendship and employ power, finances and reputation constructively and with integrity.
Touchstone offers, teaches and encourages friendship in Christ to business, political, arts and spiritual marketplace leaders.
Inside the world of Touchstone
Touchstone provides leaders with a rare opportunity for supportive, spiritual friendships in which they are free to be broken and transparent. Touchstone has freed Norm Allen to explore his own brokenness and relationship with God, and asked him to share his discoveries with others. In this context, men and women who lead from a place of power and strength can explore their weakness and need for God and each other. Leaders move closer to wholeness and health.
The Power of One-on-One
Norm Allen meets with leaders who may be in crisis, yearning for a contemplative experience or searching for meaningful friendships and connections with like-minded spiritual pilgrims. Each month brings an average of 30 or more appointments ranging from hour-long meetings to full day sessions. Nearly one-third of the leaders who request Norm Allen’s time each month are those leading spiritual organizations, a group that Touchstone has discovered experiences a unique and profound need for spiritual support.
The Power of a Group
Group meetings and events occur throughout the month at various venues, building an environment of trust, accountability, prayer, worship and support. Touchstone creates safe friendship-nurturing groups (usually eight or more meeting concurrently) who meet regularly in a confidential environment to encourage each other in the journey to authenticity and spiritual health. Norm Allen hosts, visits and encourages groups, launching them on the path to becoming a safe place for deepening the spiritual lives of the leaders who meet together. Touchstone also hosts an average of 15 spiritual retreats.