June 25, 2018—The Center for Lifelong Learning is pleased to partner with the Ministering to Ministers Foundation in offering the Transitioning Into Wellness Retreat for Ministers and Spouses. The wellness retreat provides a relaxed atmosphere and confidential setting for healing and encouragement to ministers and their families who have experienced termination, or for those in conflict possibly leading to termination. Through the competent leadership of the retreat team, the journey toward wholeness and health may be pursued through counsel, helpful information, experiential sharing, and rest, which speak to the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of the participants.
The retreat will be held at the Center for Lifelong Learning on the campus of Columbia Theological Seminary, October 8-11, 2018. The retreat begins Monday afternoon and concludes with Thursday lunch.
The cost of the retreat is $100.00 per person, or, $150.00 per couple. This non-refundable fee is due at time of registration. Participants are responsible for their transportation to and from the retreat site.
This retreat is part of the Center for Lifelong Learning’s Pastoral Excellence Program. This experience is offered in partnership with the Ministering to Ministers Foundation, Inc., which seeks to serve as advocates for clergy and their families in all faith groups and offer guidance to the churches they serve, that they might enjoy healthy relationships and years of productive service.
Many who participate in this retreat who are in the midst of crisis are enabled to resolve situations and either stay in their ministry position or make a healthier transition to their next ministry position. Wounded and burned-out ministers are renewed for greater effectiveness, joy in ministry, and resilience when the going gets tough. A minister and spouse shared “what could have been a terrible ordeal for our family became something that will serve as a springboard for further ministry. During the retreat we found a light at the end of a dark tunnel and a road map to wellness that has enabled us to thrive in adverse conditions.”
Other participants have said,
“I felt so loved and affirmed during the week. The interaction with others who have gone through the same thing was invaluable. This has been a life changing experience for me. Thank you so very much.”
“Thank you for your vision and deep concern for everyone in ministry. I truly believe that we are on the road to healing and ready for the next place of service.”
“We came wounded and hurting from experiences in ministry. So it was wonderfully refreshing to be treated with such hospitality. I can’t get over the fact that people have given so generously that we all could experience this without it being a financial burden to us. It would have been very difficult for us to have been able to afford the cost of the retreat at this time.”
The intense four-day retreat experience included, peer group conversations and support, information sessions led by experts in relevant fields, group therapy led by a psychiatrist or psychologist.
For more information, and to register for this retreat, contact:
Catherine M. Ralcewicz, Executive Director
Ministering to Ministers Foundation, Inc.
Phone: (804) 594-2556
This program is underwritten by the Ministering to Ministers Foundation, Inc., and the Pastoral Excellence Program of the Center for Lifelong Learning under its Lilly Endowment funded Thriving in Ministry initiative.
Israel Galindo is Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is the author of the bestseller, The Hidden Lives of Congregations (Alban), Perspectives on Congregational Leadership (Educational Consultants), and; A Family Genogram Workbook (Educational Consultants), with Elaine Boomer and Don Reagan.
His books on Christian education include Mastering the Art of Instruction,The Craft of Christian Teaching (Judson), How to be the Best Christian Study Group Leader (Judson), Planning for Christian Education Formation (Chalice), and Leadership in Ministry: Bowen Theory in the Congregational Context.