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.
It is recommended that participants have either completed seminary or 1/3 of their Course of Study, and have two or more years of experience.
Monday, June 10 (8 p.m.) - Friday, June 14 (2 p.m. with option to stay until 5 p.m.)
St. Benedict, Schuyler, Nebraska
Sunday, June 16 (8 p.m.)-Thursday, June 20 (2 p.m. with option to stay until 5 p.m.)
Spiritual Life Center, Wichita, Kansas
Cost for either week is $150 (includes lodging and meals), if registered by April 1. Cost is $200 after March 15. Space is limited, so register early!
Participants may arrive early or stay for a longer time by making arrangements directly with the retreat center.
“I am so thankful for this opportunity. It enriches and enhances my ministry in so many ways. “
“To be in worship and trusted community was precious! A plethora of resources and worship series that have sparked in me new energy!”
“The topic discussions were very fruitful and informative. Brainstorming truly engaged us and brought incredible resources for the group. I felt that the morning engaged me and powered me for a full afternoon of productivity.”
“Well done. Enjoyed and benefitted from the experience.”
“I really appreciated the rhythm I was able to set for myself of prayer, planning and self-care. I want to figure out how to take this rhythm with me.
“I loved it from Sunday eve all the way through.”
Theresa Mason is a retired Great Plains elder who has been a pastor of large and small churches in Nebraska and California. Dr. Mason was chaplain of Hamline University, and Associate Professor in the religion department, and was a visiting instructor at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. 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 “A Time Apart” and the 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.