For Your Life


Clergy Retreat

As part of our Leadership Development Strategy to equip, empower, and develop Christ-formed leaders who will ignite churches in the Great Plains, we’re inviting all clergy to create a learning plan. The plan will help each pastor focus efforts for desired growth with accountability. Though not necessary, we anticipate that the learning plan could provide a conversation starter for you and your SPRC and/or D.S.

To kick us off, we’ve designed an adaptable template along with resources you could use in developing your learning plan. While not everyone is thrilled at prospect of “creating a plan” or even writing down their intended learning goals, we believe all clergy want to grow, first in their own personal discipleship and also in their ability to nurture and guide the faith of those entrusted to them. The “plan” is an opportunity for you to spend time identifying the way God is calling you to grow. The retreat will help you kick this off by:

  • Creating space for pastors to do an honest reflection
  • Introducing the stated outcomes of the Learning Plan
  • Identifying next steps in the development of an individual Learning Plan


    For 2023, For Your Life will be targeted to pastors who are moving appointments and will be held April 30-May 2. If you’re interested in attending, please contact Heather Clinger at to find out about availability.
  • It is available anytime as a Self-Directed Solo or Small Group Retreat. Register here at least two weeks before you’d like to begin your self-directed retreat or bring a small group of clergy together for a self-directed small group For Your Life retreat. Check eligibility here for a Covenant Group Grant. $10 per participant for resources that will be mailed to you.


Day 1

By 9:00 p.m. Check in to the Retreat Center for some quiet, solo time. Breakfast time will be noted but we will not report for gathering until 9:00 a.m. on Day 2.

Day 2

9:00 a.m. Opening Session 1.0: Introductions and Prayer
10:45 Session 1.1:  Creating a framework for Learning/Growth plans
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 Session 1.2: John 10:10 and Solo Working Time
2:15 Session 1.3: Group Response
3:15 Session 2.0: Resourcing the Process
6:15 Dinner
7:15 Session 2.1: Build your own Evening
9:00 Evening prayer

Day 3

Varies Breakfast
8:30 Morning Prayer
8:45 Session 2.2: Group check-in
9:45 Session 2.3: Designing your Plan
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 Session 3.0: Accountability for your Plan
2:30 Sending Forth
3:00 Dismissal

Register now to reserve your spot. Questions? Contact Ashlee Alley Crawford.