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The Center for Lifelong Learning will offer two Wounded Clergy Retreats for ministers and their spouses in 2022.
The 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 experienced retreat team, the journey toward wholeness may be pursued through counsel, helpful information, experiential sharing, and rest, which speak to the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of the participants.
The retreats will be held on the campus of Samford University in partnership with the Center for Congregational Resources on July 11-14, 2022, and at the Eagle Eyrie Conference Center in Lynchburg VA on October 24-27, 2022.
The retreats begin Monday afternoon and conclude on Thursday at noon.
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 Ministering to Ministers Program.
This program seeks to advocate 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 includes peer group conversations and support, information sessions led by experts in relevant fields, group therapy led by a psychiatrist or psychologist.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To register for the retreats, visit the registration page.
Ministering to Ministers is part of the Pastoral Excellence Program of the Center for Lifelong Learning. Additional support for clergy under duress or who have faced a forced termination are available.