As your church considers how to celebrate pastor’s appreciation month in October, Rev. Bob Vale at the Osecola United Methodist Church, encourages your church to consider taking advantage of a wonderful, low-cost retreat opportunity especially for pastors. Here’s what he writes…
My wife and I just got back from a wonderful pastors retreat in Wisconsin sponsored by the Pastor’s Retreat Network. It was an amazing week in so many different ways. We relaxed as a couple, we recharged our spiritual batteries, we celebrated Sabbath, we ate a ton of delicious food, I fished a bunch, we read a lot of books and we slept a lot.
We were also challenged by an older clergy couple who were the directors of the ministry. Each day they met with five other clergy couples from all denominations for a delicious lunch. (They have a great chief fix all the meals!) The pastor director basically had a guided devotion and asked us questions about our ministry and seeking to find time for Sabbath in our ministry. It was wonderful and very rich.
My church SPRC paid the $500 for the full week of registration. This included lodging and all the meals. We did not have to pay for anything on this week long vacation.
I share this with you to encourage other churches to please consider giving a gift to their own pastor of a weeklong rest and spiritual retreat. I have some brochures and a DVD I am going to mail to you this week if you wish to know more. The Pastor’s Retreat Network website link (above) will also give you a great deal about the four different locations the retreat center are around the country.
Blessings, Pastor Bob Vale, Osceola UMC