We believe that pastor and ministry leader retreats are essential and good for the soul. Effective retreats will aim to accomplish at least one of the following purposes:
Refresh - Ministry can be albeit consuming and exhausting work. Retreats can offer time to relax and be refreshed. "For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish” (Jeremiah 31:25).
Renew - Retreats offer a time for pastors and ministry leaders to renew their minds. Maybe it's through discussion with peers, or a simple book, or just quality time with the Lord in prayer or in the Word. It could also be a great a space to assess ministry goals and/or strategies. "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will" (Romans 12:2).
Recover - Ministry may involve at time many stressful circumstances. Perhaps it's ministering to others in marriage counseling, or to a family who lost a loved one, or quarreling among church members, etc. Retreats offer a time to recover from stressful circumstances. "He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake" (Psalm 23:3).
Relax - Ministry can often take its toll on our mind body and soul. Retreats offer a time recoup "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Rekindle - In ministry, it's easy to lose sight of the big picture of what God has originally called you to. Retreats can offer time to rekindle and refocus spiritually. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10).