Jesus took time away for prayer and silence before proclaiming to the crowds. Set aside time to feed your spiritual life in a retreat setting with other colleagues and create long range plans for worship and preaching for your congregation/s.
Each week pastors face the humbling and awesome task of preparing worship and a sermon that touches the lives of worshippers in our congregations. Our perplexing and difficult times call for authentic worship and preaching that speaks to people and helps all of us encounter Christ. Yet, the daily demands of ministry often keep us away from putting as much time as we would like into sermon and worship preparation, and especially into long range worship planning. If we can get away to create long range plans in a retreat setting, we can be more aware of how the Spirit is directing us and prepare worship and sermons that allow the congregation to discover the Holy and be strengthened to serve in Jesus’ name.
Who is it For?
Monday, May 7 (8 p.m.)-Friday, May 11 (5 p.m.)
St. Benedict, Schuyler, Nebraska
Sunday, May 13 (8 p.m.)-Thursday, May 17 (5 p.m.)
Spiritual Life Center, Wichita, Kansas
Cost for either week is $150 (includes lodging and meals), if registered by March 15. Cost is $200 after March 15. Space is limited, so register early!
Theresa Mason is a Great Plains elder and retired from full-time ministry in 2016 as senior pastor of Trinity UMC in Grand Island, Nebraska. She has a M.Div. and D. Min. from Claremont School of Theology, and a Ph.D. in theatre arts from University of Oregon. She has been leading seminars on worship, preaching and other arts for many years, including the annual Great Plains TiM sermon and worship planning retreat. Currently, she is the director of Earthen Pot Ministries, in St. Paul, Minnesota, offering workshops, retreats, consultation and guest leadership in preaching, worship and the arts.
All participants will be offered a $50 discount for Marcia McFee’s "Worship Design Studio."