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The Retreat Campus is a Christ-centered, nature-based sabbatical retreat facility, offering self directed pastoral and ministry sabbaticals, which foster renewal, growth, and closeness with our Lord. Pastors leave their ministries due to burnout, stress, and discouragement too frequently. There seems to be so much work to be done and not enough time in which to do it.  Unfortunately, stress and time pressures came to be thought of as just a part of the ministry profession.

Sabbatical defined    a release from normal duties for a period of time in order to renew.

The word sabbatical itself comes from the Hebrew word Sabbath, which means “close to rest.” The Biblical Sabbath day was associated with the seventh day of Creation when God rested from His work after creating all things (Genesis 2:3).  “Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8-11 NIV) tells us that God thought rest was so important that He made it one of the Commandments.

A study by the Alban Institute found that 20% to 30% of average ministry personnel are working under conditions of sever burnout with another 20% well on the way to a severe case of burnout.

In the Bible we see Jesus frequently withdrew to a quiet place to meditate, pray, and renew His spirit. In His ministry, Jesus handled the constant demands placed on him by getting away to be on his own as often as needed.  Jesus went away even when His followers objected (Matthew 14:22-27).

Here are a few things to consider about your ministry and service:

  • To be an effective minister one must have continued spiritual growth which is only possible when facilitated by periods of rest and renewal.
  • Ministry leaders have schedules that are not contained to normal office hours, and often involve weekends.  This facilitates reaching a point of burnout without even realizing it.
  • Time away in nature rejuvenates the body, mind, and spirit. This allows for creativity to flow, which is needed to be an effective leader.

– Clergy Renewal: the Alban Guide to Sabbatical Planning (Bullock and Bruesehoff)

We recognize the need for ministry leadership to step away and renew their spirits in the quiet solitude of nature.  Our mission and Campus exist to provide a nature based have that enable those called to serve Christ uninterrupted time to enjoy His abundant glory.  Consider coming to The Retreat Campus where the beauty and stillness of nature will draw you closer to the Lord with as a balm that heals the weary Christian Warrior.

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