Revised July 2, 2020
Ministers often need more than a vacation or a weekly counseling session to resolve long- standing or crisis-centered problems in the family or work situation. A time away from everyday stress, in a vacation-like setting combining rest and reflection, is often the ideal answer. A retreat is a good place to begin healing and restoration from any hurtful or debilitating life experience. (Examples include burnout, church conflict, forced termination, marital problems, personal loss and grief, or even less catastrophic problems such as persistent feelings of inadequacy and ineffectiveness.)
Other ministers may not require intensive healing or counseling but simply need time away. In the following listings you will find wonderful vacation spots for couples — or the whole family — to enjoy.
Note: Based on supplied information, this listing is compiled and maintained by the national office of The Assemblies of God, Office of Public Relations, 1445 Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO 65802. The following listings are not recommendations, but are supplied for informational purposes only, based on descriptions provided by venues. States are listed in alphabetical order.
ALABAMA (1 LISTING)
Camp Victory is located in southern Alabama just an hour from the Florida beaches. We offer retreat facilities for pastors, missionaries, and their families.
ARKANSAS (1 LISTING)
Dogwood Hills B&B
MAILING ADDRESS: PO Box 21, Harriet, AR 72639
HOSTS: Ruth & Thomas Pepler
COST: Our Bed and Breakfast is open to the public at $200 per night weeknights, $250 per night weekends, but is offered primarily to pastors and those in full-time Christian service. When reserving, please state if you are a Ministry family. Two night minimum stay.
Dogwood Hills is set on 72 acres in the beautiful Ozark Mountains minutes from the Buffalo River. The B&B has on-site hiking, bird watching, abundant wildlife, horse shoes, bocce ball, campfires, hot tub, star-gazing, area to pet baby goats and horses, berry picking and peaceful solitude. The nearby National Forest offers fishing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, hunting, wild life, horseback riding at Wild Bills Outfitters. A day trip to Branson’s Silver Dollar City or a show is only 90 minutes away. The Ozark Folk Center takes you back in time with folk music and craftsmen. The Kenda Drive- In at Marshall is a treat.
With families in mind, we want to provide your family a place to get out of the “fishbowl” and reconnect with each other. We have a list of family movies that will encourage conversation with the kids. Come relax and refresh.
CALIFORNIA (5 LISTINGS)
ADDRESS: 39451 Comptche Ukiah Rd, Mendocino, CA 95460
PHONE: 1-877-460-7095 or 707-937-5570
CONTACT: Jerry & Pat Westfall
COST: Please call for availability and rates. Then please download a Reservation Form from our website, print it out, fill it out, and send with a 50% deposit.
Our cottages are two or three bedroom, three beds, fully furnished, with complete kitchens. Each cottage has one queen bed, one double and one twin and a complete bathroom. One cottage also has a half-bath upstairs.
We are about 4 hours north of San Francisco, on twenty acres of Redwoods and orchard, 5 1/2 miles from the Mendocino Coast and beaches. We have the balanced combo of quiet peaceful land with all kinds of shops, fun activities and restaurants less than 20 minutes away.
We encourage you to check us out our website and the Chamber of Commerce site www.mendocinocoast.com
ADDRESS: Mill Creek Canyon, 40000 Valley of the Falls Dr., Forest Falls, CA 92339
ADDRESS: Ojai Valley, 655 Burnham Rd, Oakview CA, 93022
Forest Home is a Christian camp and conference center nestled in a scenic canyon in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California, with a focus on Programed Camp ministry for youth and families. Programmed Camps are available for individuals, families and groups of any size, while Guest Conference space is available for groups with 50-500 guests to organize their own retreat.
Pinecrest Christian Conference Center
ADDRESS: 1140 Pinecrest Rd., P.O. Box 409,Twin Peaks, CA 92391
EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
CONTACT: Tim Lidberg, Director
COST: See website for current rates
An outreach of the Southern California District, Pinecrest is a year-round facility addressing the needs of our ministerial families. Pinecrest has three large two-story Alpine lodges. The lodges have individual rooms that contain one queen bed and three single beds in a bunk bed configuration.
ADDRESS: P.O. Box 437, 18651 Pine Canyon Rd., Lake Hughes, CA 93532
CONTACT: Guest Relations at the above phone number
COST: $25 / night
You know better than anyone that ministry can be exhausting. There's a reason Jesus told his disciples to pull away to rest for a time. A personal retreat for pastors is vital to sustaining healthy ministries. Now you can have a place to get away that's private, in the beauty of creation, and affordable!
The Shepherd's Rest is tucked away on a quiet corner of camp and provides you with a fully furnished suite, a private bathroom, and a shared living room and kitchen so you don't have to worry about accommodations. Enjoy the spectacular mountain views, read and pray on the patio, or hike one of the beautiful trails around camp.
For ministers connected with a group booked for a retreat at The Oaks, as well as for members of a World Impact Urban Church Association, your stay is completely free!
For all other pastors/ministers, it is only $25 a night (to cover cleaning costs).
This is a two-night retreat for just you or for you and your spouse (sorry kids!). Available dates are often limited to midweek days only (but you can always ask about a weekend). Please note that food is not necessarily included. You will have a shared kitchen and fridge available for your use, and if our dining hall is open, you will be invited to join us for meals there free of charge.
The Tiny House
ADDRESS: 10275 Riverside Dr, Ben Lomond, CA 95005
PHONE/FAX: 831-609-6072. Please leave a message. We do not get Text messages on this number.
E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Please post "the tiny house" in the subject line.
CONTACT: Marty & Marcie Eryavec, Owners/Innkeepers
This is a tiny house located on a gated private property in a quiet and serene neighborhood nestled in the heart of the San Lorenzo Valley, home of the redwoods. Here you will have the time and space to rest, or enjoy many of the nearby activities; such as golf, the beach, the Warf, hiking, the boardwalk/amusement park, aquarium, birding, Roaring camps' historic railroad and so much more. Presently, we can host only one couple at a time. It is a 20-minute drive to the Santa Cruz beach and boardwalk.
This is like going camping. You will need to bring your own linens and towels.
Amenities include: Private entrance, Onsite parking, Heating and air-conditioning, Sleeping loft with double sized bed, Mini Kitchen, Private bath with shower only, Bath soap, tissues and TP provided, Hairdryer, Iron & ironing board, TV & DVD player, Internet access. Outside: Seating throughout the property.
For a fee we can provide an airport shuttle.
No Smoking, No Pets.
CANADA (2 LISTINGS)
ADDRESS: #1 – 8191 Rogers Rd, Vernon, BC V1B 3M8, Canada
CONTACT: Tony Schnare, Executive Director
COST: Counseling is available at $90/hour
OTHER: No pets, No smoking facility.
Fairhaven Ministries is a non-denominational charitable society committed to providing a place and ministry where Christian leaders can be encouraged, supported and restored physically, emotionally and spiritually. Fairhaven is located near the city of Vernon, British Columbia in the Okanagan Valley, known for its lakes, orchards, and tourism. The Fairhaven village is on 167 acres on Silver Star Mountain, and currently consists of six fully-equipped cottages, three staff residences, a fully-serviced RV park and The Charles Shepson Lodge. The Kelowna airport is 50 minutes from Fairhaven with flights to most major Canadian cities.
ADDRESS: P.O. Box 300 Station A, Vancouver, BC V6C 2X3 Canada (near Sumas, WA)
COST: Retreat costs kept to a minimum. Fees are listed on registration forms. Financial scholarships for needy applicants are available. A $100.00 deposit is refundable up to 4 weeks before retreat begins.
Oasis is a small group (maximum of 12 per retreat), five-day retreat sponsored by Power To Change Ministries, (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ). We do six of these Retreats each year. It is designed for those weary and/or wounded in ministry. It is here that the spiritual, psychological, mental, physical, and leadership needs of those in professional Christian ministry are understood and addressed. Teaching sessions by qualified pastors, missionaries, and psychologists focuses on the major pitfalls in life and ministry.
Camp Hope is an ideal place for spiritual rejuvenation. Located about 70 miles from Vancouver, BC, this setting features spectacular mountain views, beautiful gardens, streams, and hiking trails. The attractive lodge provides excellent accommodations, including private baths, hot tubs and a gym. We aim to provide a serene, safe environment where people can be real with God, themselves and others. The balanced schedule includes teaching sessions with much dialogue, confidential private counseling sessions, storytelling, rest and recreation. Free transportation is provided from the Abbotsford, BC & Vancouver, BC airports. Currency exchange rate for Canadian dollars makes this very affordable.
COLORADO (9 LISTINGS)
ADDRESS: 475 Red Nose Mesa Ln, Livermore, CO 80536
CONTACT: Dr. John Walker, Executive Director or Deanna Walker
COST: Please contact Blessing Ranch, Inc. staff by email or by phone for information on Professional Services Fees and scholarships that may be available.
Blessing Ranch is located approximately 30 miles north of Fort Collins, Colorado, with a backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. Blessing Ranch, Inc.'s mission is to restore and renew Christian leaders and their families for effective Kingdom service. That is why intensive, individualized Professional Psychological Services are offered for Pastors, Missionaries, other Christian leaders and their families. Blessing Ranch, Inc.'s program provides private, clinical counseling for each individual, couple or family participating in our program. Each week Pastors, Missionaries and their families from around the world come to the Ranch, some who are in crisis or difficult situations, some who are on planned sabbaticals, and others who simply desire to take the next step up in their ministries. No matter what their reasons for coming to Blessing Ranch, each week those who have come leave with renewed minds, hearts and spirits for their families, for their ministries and for Kingdom service.
Blessing Ranch, Inc.'s staff members providing Professional Psychological Services are Dr. John Walker (Ph.D.) and Dr. Charity Walker-Byers (Ph.D.) Both Doctors work closely together and provide expertise in the field of caring for Pastors, Missionaries, other Christian leaders and their families.
They each have a Ph.D. degree in Psychology, and Dr. Walker is also trained and experienced as an ordained Pastor. Their professional services successfully integrate Biblical truths and psychological principles, which assists each individual or couple in better understanding their needs and creating a plan to address their needs and goals on an individual basis. Dr. John Walker's focus and expertise is working with adult Pastors, Missionaries and other Christian leaders. Dr. Charity Walker-Byers' focus and expertise is working with Pastors, Missionaries and other young adults, women in ministry and children ages 7 and over. Ranch guests arrive on Sunday afternoon or evening and depart on Friday afternoon of the same week. From Monday through Friday, each individual, couple or family spends numerous hours per day in private professional services sessions with the Doctor they are scheduled to work with as well as numerous hours in guided assignments that are provided to enhance their professional services sessions. Couples are encouraged to participate in our Intensive Professional Services program if at all possible. Over 3,500 Pastors, Missionaries and other Christian leaders and their families have participated in Blessing Ranch, Inc.'s programs, many of whom testify that they would not have remained faithfully serving in leadership ministry if it were not for the Professional expert assistance they received.
Blessing Ranch guests stay in the Joshua Center, which is equipped with private bedrooms, each with a private bath, living areas, kitchens, a conference room, a coffee bar, and laundry facilities. The Joshua Center is also the center of activity for the Professional Services sessions and the evening meal that is shared by all guests. The Ranch provides numerous places and opportunities for reflection and rest. For scheduling, call or e-mail the contacts listed above.
CrossRoads Counseling of the Rockies
ADDRESS: PO Box 4767, Buena Vista, CO 81211
COST: “Pastor Counseling” – $3,200 for pastor and spouse for two weeks.
CrossRoads Counseling of the Rockies (CRC) is a Christian counseling center located in the quiet and peaceful mountain town of Buena Vista, Colorado, and surrounded by the Colorado Rocky Mountains. CRC specializes in providing brief Intensive Counseling, in which clients typically receive concentrated daily counseling and biblically-based teaching.
CRC promotes both emotional and spiritual growth by integrating biblical principles with effective treatment methods. The counseling services and treatment programs are designed for various levels of need. Wil Franz, LMFT, and Peter Kuiper, LCSW, co-founders of CRC, bring nearly 50 years of professional counseling experience, combined with a strong Christ-centered approach to this unique treatment setting.
Eagle’s Nest Ministries
ADDRESS: 680 2nd Street, PO Box 437, Ouray, CO 81427
CONTACT: Rev. John Gowins, Ph.D., LPC, Founder/Director
COST: Fees are based on need and resources. There are numerous hotels and restaurants in the immediate area for lodging and meals.
From the moment John and Kay Gowins began their journey of ministry in 1970, they recognized the need for resource and counseling for those in ministry. In 1990 they established Eagle’s Nest Ministries.
Eagle’s Nest offers counseling according to needs, availability of time, and financial resources of the ministry individual, couple and/or family. John and Kay offer 27 years of experience in the counseling field. John has a PhD in counseling and is licensed with the State of Colorado. They also bring 22 years of senior pastor experience. You will experience professional counseling for healing and restoration in a caring and safe environment.
Majestic Mountain Ministries
Temporarily Closed. Please check back at a later date for updated information.
ADDRESS: 181 Bannockburn, Marble, CO 81623
COST: $2,950/person (covers 9 nights lodging, meals, 27 hours of group counseling, 3 hours of individual counseling).
Located in the beautiful Colorado Rockies, Marble Retreat provides a peaceful haven for those in Christian ministry to find life-changing healing, transformation, rest, and communion with God. Since 1974, over 5,000 people have benefitted from Marble Retreat’s unique program, which consists of a purposeful and professional combination of individual and group counseling with ample time for rest and relaxation. Brief intensive counseling sessions are offered (maximum of eight people at a time; serving singles as well as couples). Marble Retreat is an excellent choice for pastors, missionaries, Christian counselors, or other ministry leaders with challenges such as but not limited to: compassion fatigue, anxiety, depression, marital problems, and life transitions. Guests will enjoy homemade meals prepared and served by our on-site host couple.
Quiet Waters Ministries
ADDRESS: 4901 E Dry Creek Road, Ste G80, Centennial, CO 80122
CONTACT: Stacie Young, Office Manager
COST: We offer a two-week (20-25 hours) or one-week (15 hours) Intensives
1 Week Individual $3,600; 1 Week Couple $3,900; 2 Week Individual (20 hrs) $5,200; 2 Week Couple (20 hrs) $5,600; 2 Week Individual (25 hrs) $5,950; 2 Week Couple (25 hrs) $6,350
The cost includes the individualized counseling, meals, lodging, and recreational facilities.
Quiet Waters’ mission is to renew, restore and strengthen Christian leaders and their families. It provides couples or singles an environment of truth and grace that facilitates and encourages deep change in their lives. We serve in times of crisis or just when new strength is needed.
The Quiet Waters Retreat Center is located on nearly three wooded acres and backing up to twelve acres of open space. This secluded 8,000 square foot home provides the safe “place” that has become a hallmark of Quiet Waters Ministries. The Retreat Center is in the Denver metro area and features a prayer garden, a hot tub, and a fitness center.
Ranch of Hope
ADDRESS: 2283 County Road 323, Westcliffe, CO 81252
CONTACT: David Taylor M.S., President/ Founder.
COST: $1,625 – 5-day intensive counseling for individuals, families and marriages, as well as Pastoral Leadership. Limited scholarships available.
Restoring the broken hearted and hurting through Christ! With over 40 years of combined experience, at the most affordable, lowest rates possible, we offer true significant emotional health that lasts. Our intensive yet relaxing style of counseling has an 84% success rate, as proven by hundreds of clients in 3-month and 18-month follow-up surveys. We are here when you need us the most. Also offering Sabbaticals for the “between times” of our lives.
The Ranch of Hope is located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of southern Colorado. Our beautiful location provides a stimulating yet relaxing atmosphere to help reconstruct healthier life habits. Our 5-day intensive counseling program is tailored to fit your needs. Fifteen hours of private counseling; Tools for Success; Life Application; testing and assessments; lodging included; 2 sessions of follow-up counseling included.
ADDRESS: P.O. Box 740100, Arvada, CO 80006
PHONE: 1-888-277-7256 or 303-467-0777
CONTACT: J. Blair & Wendy L. Dalton, Founders/Directors
COST: $3,995.00 per couple for a 9-day Renewal Retreat (including first-class accommodations, gourmet meals, all ministry materials, and six months follow-up).
Renewal Ministries is a non-denominational ministry of care and counsel for pastor couples dealing with (or hoping to avert the effects of ) stress and burnout in ministry and marriage. Nine-day Renewal Retreats (Intensives) provide a safe, nurturing environment to experience spiritual renewal and address critical clergy issues that often become “ministry and marriage killers” if left unaddressed. Special emphasis is placed on matters of spiritual leadership and biblical priorities as they pertain to the “preventative maintenance” and “restorative” concerns of clergy.
Currently, Intensives are for only one clergy couple at a time and focus on problem-solving specific ministry or marriage issues. These customized nine-day respites are held in the Colorado high country at Beaver Creek, Estes Park, or Breckenridge, Colorado.
The consulting services of Renewal Ministries are available to churches and denominations on problem-solving issues usually relating to pastor care, shepherd/sheep relationships and conflict resolution. “Church solutions … through biblical models of problem solving.”
Blair also conducts spiritual leadership training sessions (for pastors and elders) and occasionally accepts teaching or preaching engagements at churches as opportunities to minister to congregations regarding pastor appreciation and shepherd/sheep reconciliation issues.
Shining Mountain Ranch
ADDRESS: PO Box 926, Westcliffe, CO 81252
CONTACT: Glenn & Doreen Seibel, Owners
COST: Rates pro-rated. (The more nights you stay, the cheaper per night.)
Example for one night: Regular rate: $89.00; 50% off for pastors/missionaries ($44.50/one night). All prices plus tax (6.9%)
Example for 3 nights: Regular rates: $85.60/night/3 nights; 50% off for pastors/missionaries ($42.50/night/3 nights). All prices plus tax (6.9%)
Two beautiful guest houses located on 80 acres in a breathtaking, high-mountain setting in the Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range of the Rockies. Ideal “getaway” for pastors and missionaries looking for rest in a scenic and serene atmosphere. Children welcome. Guest houses are furnished with small kitchenette, queen-sized bed in loft, wood stove and propane for heating, cots and air mattresses for additional people. Available year round (winter weather permitting). No pets. No smoking
FLORIDA (1 LISTING)
Beside Still Waters
ADDRESS: Taylor Family Foundation, Inc., c/o Kathie Kittsmiller, 26315 82nd Ave East., Myakka City, FL 34251
Application is on our blog and website
Beside Still Waters at Playa Del Sol is a program that provides a place of retreat for rest and refocus. The four-unit, two-story complex is about one hour south of Tampa, Florida. This program is offered to God’s servants. We define a servant as an experienced pastors, ministers, missionaries, bishops, priests, or rabbis, etc. (Applicant must have three years or more service in good standing.) Stay is limited to 10 days Full Days Year round. This unit has a full kitchen. Food, entertainment and transportation are not furnished by Beside Still Waters. All Applicants will pay a $250.00 refundable deposit, we require a minimum donation of $250 per stay and an application fee of $25.00 ( non refundable) in addition to the cleaning fee charges as follows: We are changing to one cleaning fee of $125 for all guests (6 total people per unit) In addition to these changes all payments will be made via credit card thru the square app. ( an invoice will be issued upon application approval and be emailed to you to pay directly) and we will no longer accept paypal and checks as of January 1, 2019. Please note full cost of a stay on the Island would cost a lot more than this small amount we ask you of you. An Application is required for all guests. Including returning guests.
GEORGIA (4 LISTINGS)
Healing Springs Retreat Center
ADDRESS: 83 College Heights Rd, PO Box 153, Franklin Springs, GA 30639
CONTACT: Dr. Harold Rhoades
COST: For prices for individual, couple, or group retreats, as well as counseling or retreat or leadership services, please call the office.
In our fast paced life, our most important relationships often suffer. We lose sense of ourselves and, at times, even our sense of direction and purpose. Healing Springs Retreat Center is a place to step outside the demands and drives of our world to make contact with God and His peace and presence. Whether it’s our personal lives, our marriages, or our ministries, Healing Springs Retreat Center is a place to step aside for a brief time to be loved on by God and to allow healing.
The setting is peaceful and serene. The retreat house is called Casa de Amor, or House of Love, and refers to a place to experience God’s healing love. It is located with a beautiful view into the woods from both the first and second floor decks. Each individual, couple, or group attending will have access to counseling and guidance with Dr. Harold Rhoades, a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of experience as a Christian Counselor and retreat facilitator. Each bedroom has its own bath and there is a completely equipped ktichen on each floor. Privacy in time of searching is important, as there will at most be two guests or individuals present at a time, and as there are two completely separate levels of the house, privacy is assured. There is an exercise room which has a weight machine, tread mill, and glider. There is a beautiful two-acre pond available for rest and reflection as well as woods to walk in and spend time reflecting on the beauty of God’s world. During the stay, journaling will be encouraged and various books may be recommended which are relevant to the purpose of the person our couple on retreat.
Shepherd’s Refuge – Selah Ministries
ADDRESS: PO Box 1221, Dahlonega, GA 30533
CONTACT: Ruedi & Sandy Mettler, Host Couple
COST: Qualified guests are sponsored by partners of this 501 (c) (3) ministry.
Shepherd’s Refuge, located on 80 wooded acres in the North Georgia Mountains, offers a place of rest and relaxation to Pastors (full-time or bi-vocational), missionaries (serving full-time under the umbrella of an evangelical missionary organization), and ministry staff in a full time leadership position. The Selah Cabin as well as the Shiloh Cabin can each accommodate an individual or a couple, the Shalom Cabin with the same accommodation style is under construction. There is a 4-nights minimum stay required. The Shepherd’s Lodge offers accommodation in one bedroom with its own bathroom, B&B style, and has a minimum stay of 2 nights. The ministry is for adults only, the primary focus being for individuals and couples to enjoy an intimate time with the Lord and with each other. The ministry is located near Dahlonega, Cleveland, and Helen, with opportunities to shop, sightsee, golf, hike, fish, and much more.
The Father’s Heart Ministry
ADDRESS: 58 Misty Ln, Cleveland, GA 30528 (90 min north of Atlanta airport)
CONTACT: Jerry & Denise Basel, Counselors and Co-Directors COST: Please see website or call
The Father’s Heart Ministry is located in the North Georgia Mountains in a retreat-oriented environment, with opportunities for ministry to individuals or couples for time periods as little as a few hours to as long as five days. Overnight guests stay in our beautiful and private living facility (the lower level of our home) which is a 1,500 sq ft living environment with a living room and fireplace, dining room, full kitchen, bedroom and bath, and a screened porch overlooking a wooded one-acre back yard with a view of the mountains in the distance. The focus of this ministry, conducted by a husband and wife counseling team, is to bring spiritual and emotional healing and restoration to individuals and couples and to equip people to fulfill their God-given calling and destiny. Although the counseling will address and deal with current issues and struggles, the focus will be on identifying and healing the underlying reasons or “roots.” Having been in full-time ministry since 1995, and also having pastored a church, the counselors are well aware of the unique needs and issues of those in ministry leadership.
ILLINOIS (2 LISTINGS)
Deer Ridge Ministries
RETREAT ADDRESS: 3085 West Forrest Road, Freeport, IL 61032
MAILING ADDRESS: 401 Meadows Street, Polo, IL 61064
CONTACT: David and Louise Decker, Directors
COST: No cost for full-time pastors and spouses
Providing the gift of five-day retreats for full-time pastors and spouses Sunday evening thru Friday morning; a serene environment for rest, prayer, reflection and fellowship; a beautiful 5-acre setting with five spacious suites with private baths. All meals are included.
ADDRESS: PO Box 620, 17280 Lakeside Dr., Carlinville, IL 62626 (between St. Louis, MO and Springfield, IL off I-55)
CONTACT: Activities Center staff
Owned and operated by the Illinois District Council of the Assemblies of God, Lake Williamson has been a trusted name in Christian hospitality for over 50 years and strives to "Serve one another in Love" in the spirit of Galatians 5:13. Lake Williamson provides a year-round center for education, spiritual renewal, relaxation, and recreation through retreats, seminars, conferences, and camps.
While our facilities are reserved for camp, conference, and retreat groups we do offer the opportunity for our credentialed AG ministers to take a personal R&R around availability. Simply call our office for more information and calendar availability.
KANSAS (1 LISTING)
Buffalo Ridge Hospitality & Retreat Center
MAILING ADDRESS: PO Box 400, Ottawa, KS 66067
PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 1203 Finney Rd, Williamsburg, KS 66095
FAX: 785-746-5418 (call ahead)
COST: Individuals - $30/ night; couples - $45/night; families - $50/night.
Provides spiritual and emotional support to pastors and their families who need a break from routines and stresses in a relaxed country setting amidst acres of meadows, wild flowers and buffalo.
MICHIGAN (2 listings)
RETREAT ADDRESS: 6701 Alongside Lane, Richland, MI 49083
MAILING ADDRESS: PO Box 587, Richland, MI 49083 (near Kalamazoo, MI)
CONTACT: John Dekruyter, Executive Director; Bob Watson, Clinical Director; or Rachael Bultman
COST FOR 3-WK PROGRAM: $4,650 single, $6,350 couple, $750 child under 13, $900 child 13-19 (with teen program)
Alongside provides Christian retreat and counseling services to ministers and missionaries and their families. All counselors are mental health professionals with graduate training in Bible/theology and years of ministry experience. We offer two and three-week sabbaticals including seminars, group time, and daily personal counseling.
Enjoy beautiful, quiet surroundings while experiencing healing and restoration of hope and wholeness. Our 125 acre retreat is only 8 miles from downtown Kalamazoo.
Fa-Ho-Lo Camp & Conference Center Assemblies of God Michigan District
ADDRESS: 3000 Mount Hope Road, Grass Lake, MI 49240
COST: Two free nights per year to credential holders for R&R.
An ideal setting for individuals or families to experience renewal. The center, on 175 beautiful acres, offers hotel style accommodations, an indoor pool and hot tub, and personal Jacuzzi tub in some rooms. Enjoy walking trails, swimming or canoeing on Tim’s Lake, basketball, volleyball, work-out room, and our private Pastor’s Library.
Experience two renewing nights with Christ-like hospitality for you and your family. Reservations are based on availability. Call in advance.
MISSOURI (2 listings)
Anchor Retreat & Conference Center
ADDRESS: 170 Deckard Lane, Kimberling City, MO 65686
PHONE: 417-429-0843 office 417-766-3090 cell
EMAIL: email@example.com Also: firstname.lastname@example.org
CONTACT: Harvey & Linda Goodman
COST: Request a reasonable, yet economical, contribution. For Ministry couples in need, fees can be waived. (See website for costs for vacations and other amenities.)
Anchor Retreat provides a peaceful place where missionaries and pastors can come for much-needed rest and relaxation. Harvey and Linda spent 25 years as missionaries to Australia.
Anchor Retreat has fully-furnished two- and three-bedroom homes plus a one-bedroom apartment. Located on Table Rock Lake, 25 minutes from Branson, Missouri, and about 35 minutes from Eureka Springs, Arkansas and the great Passion Play. No pets please.
Brook at Bethpage
ADDRESS: 938 Mt. Carmel Rd, Stella, MO 64867
CONTACT: Steve and Susie Reed
COST: Free for pastors and their wives, with a cleaning fee of $75.00 for couples or $150.00 for families. Groups: Go to website or call for information.
Based on the Word in I Kings 17:5, the Brook at Bethpage is a place like the Brook Cherith where God cared for Elijah. Here on 100 acres nestled in the beautiful Ozark hill country of southwest Missouri, God wants to care for today’s Elijahs. His blessings of refuge, rest, restoration, and reconciliation are available here for those He sends our way.
Three cottages are offered, each with two bedrooms, two baths, full kitchens, living room, dining room, and laundry. Bring your fishing pole. No pets allowed.
MONTANA (2 LISTINGS)
ADDRESS: PO Box 447, Glasgow, MT 59230
CONTACT: David Rogenes
DIRECTOR PHONE: 406-228-4662
COST: No charge; we pay utilities
This is a ministry to pastors, missionaries, and Christian leaders in transition. There are 3 and 4 bedroom condominiums with and without furniture. Each condominium also has a one-car garage. We provide the house and utilities as a temporary home while you are waiting for a new place of ministry. Stay cost-free up to one year.
ADDRESS: 13705 Cottonwood Canyon Rd, Bozeman, MT 59718
CONTACT: Ted & Laura Roth
COST: Please see our website for current rates.
Located 13 miles south of Bozeman, Montana, in a private, picturesque setting on the shoulder of Wheeler Mountain, Mountain Top Retreat offers a secluded setting adjacent to the Gallatin National Forest. The location is perfect for those seeking a peaceful place for renewal, a quiet place to receive guidance and work through personal problems, or even just a base camp to explore the Gallatin National Forest or Yellowstone National Park.
Guesthouses ranging from two to six bedrooms are set in a mountain meadow with a beautiful view of Cottonwood Canyon and the surrounding mountains. Each guest house is modern, private, and completely furnished to make your stay comfortable and allow unhurried time for rest and renewal. On-site counseling services are available but not required for your stay. For further details and current rates, please see our website.
NORTH CAROLINA (1 LISTING)
His High Places, Inc.
ADDRESS: 132 Jarvis Circle, West Jefferson, NC 28694
COST: Varies depending on length and structure of visit
His High Places is a Christian counseling ministry that specializes in pastoral care. We repair and heal severe woundedness and brokenness, through Christian counseling, restoration, and spiritual redirection. Sexual immorality, anxiety, depression, ministry burn-out and infidelity are just some of the many areas for which we have seen healing.
All sessions are conducted one-on-one in a private setting. We have over thirty years of experience and have participated in repairing the breach for thousands of clients. The majority of those who have come to His High Places are living in victory and still walking out the breakthrough they experienced here. Set in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, on the banks of the New River, His High Places (HHP) was organized in July of 1980 by Sam and Anita McMillan. His High Places is a non-profit Christian ministry. Our approach is Christ and Scripture-centered. The McMillan's are both licensed professional counselors and charter members of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). We have a team of highly trained and gifted team members. A typical stay includes 4 nights and 5 days with twice-daily sessions for diagnostic listening, teaching, worship, and deep prayer to address root issues. There are also assignments, instructional DVD teachings, good food, unstructured "reflection time" and lots of prayer.
Out of this balanced approach the Holy Spirit is free to minister what is needed and direct us in a "game plan" for a changed life back home.
OHIO (1 LISTING)
Innkeeper Ministries, Inc.
ADDRESS: 6701 Lewisburg-Ozias Rd, Lewisburg, OH 45338
PHONE: 937-962-8312 (9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m. Mon-Fri)
CONTACT: Bob & Jan Hartenstein
COST: No charge or suggested donation.
Temporarily Closed (until August 2020). Please check back at a later date for updated information.
TENNESSEE (1 LISTING)
ADDRESS: 2198 Ripshin Mountain Road, Roan Mountain, TN 37687
CONTACT: Ed Gore, Executive Director
COST: Full-time Christian workers receive a discount. Please check website for up-to-date prices. Biblical Counseling is also available. Please see website for pricing.
Each chalet/cottage has a living room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and loft with two twin- size beds. With a queen sleeper sofa, units sleep up to six guests. Linens are furnished and kitchens are fully-equipped. The chalets/cottages and lodges have no television or telephones. Guests have time to relax, explore the books in each unit’s library, and communicate with each other and with our Lord.
Fairhaven Ministries is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Tennessee. Within easy driving distance are many activities—hiking, white-water rafting, horseback riding, swimming and boating, world famous Rhododendron gardens, antique shopping, and sightseeing. Please visit our website for more information.
TEXAS (2 LISTINGS)
Home of Renewal
ADDRESS: 312 N. W. 10th St., Andrews, TX 79714
CONTACT: Laura Morris
COST: No cost. Home of Renewal is a free getaway for Assemblies of God ministers and missionaries.
This home has been primarily furnished by the congregation of Andrews First Assembly of God Church. Our desire is to be a blessing to the missionaries and ministers of the West Texas District as well as other districts.
Andrews, TX, is located just under two hours south of Lubbock on Highway 385, and 30 minutes north of Odessa. Andrews is a town of approximately 11,000 and is a quiet place to come and relax. There are many places to eat within five minutes of the Home of Renewal.
Home of Renewal also is only two blocks from Lake-Side Park. At this park there is a small lake as well as a walking trail, ducks, picnic area, and a large playground for kids. If you are longing just to have a quiet evening indoors, Home of Renewal is equipped with cable TV and Wi-Fi for your enjoyment.
If your stay involves a Sunday or Wednesday, we would be honored for you to join us for worship next door in our beautiful sanctuary.
Sky Ranch is nestled deep in the heart of east Texas and provides the perfect setting for your next retreat. Participants enjoy non-stop fun and excitement in an inviting and nature-rich setting where God is free to work in the hearts and lives of all who attend. Perfect for any size retreat, experiences can be tailored to meet the needs of 15 to a group of 900.
MULTI-LOCATIONS (5 LISTINGS)
Christian Hospitality Network (CHN)
A network of national and international participating lodging properties.
ADDRESS: 3517 Neal Drive, Knoxville, TN 37918
Makahiki Ministries, Inc.
ADDRESS: P.O. Box 415, Mariposa, CA 95338
COST: Service fees based on length of stay in each home. Total is per family, couple, or individual: 2-3 nights, $75; 4-7 nights, $125.
Makahiki Ministries (Hospitality Homes International) has many hospitality homes in the U.S. and overseas. Some are vacant, others have a resident host family. This is a ministry of rest and hospitality serving the needs of Christian pastors, missionaries, and workers in Christian ministries.
The National Clergy Support Network
PastorCare Network- The National Clergy Support Network
ADDRESS: 2122 Hopedale Street, Kannapolis, NC 28083
REGIONAL LOCATIONS: at www.pastorcare.org
PastorCare, in collaboration with other like ministries, will help a pastor/missionary, their spouse and their families connect with opportunities to “rest, refuel or pray.” These would include cottages, cabins, homes, campgrounds and motels, often owned by Christians, who may offer reduced or complementary lodging. Caregiver names and phone numbers are kept confidential.
Contact PastorCare for additional information.
(PLEASE NOTE: We are not a booking agent.)
ADDRESS: 13455 Celia Berryhill Rd, Okmulgee, OK 74447
CONTACT: Jim L. Fuller, Executive Director
Pastoral Care is one of the largest and most comprehensive ministries especially designed to encourage our pastors all across the United States. We understand the complexities and demands that pastors face every day. PCI has helped thousands of pastors with legal help, counseling, limited medical assistance, vacation get-a-ways, auto repair, carpentry, food, prayer, and much more. We are a free and confidential service.
www.pastoralcare.org is one of the greatest resources for pastors and churches anywhere. We have a list of practical ministry helps that are written in Word format that can be easily modified, such as placing the church logo or any other information on these forms. There are how-tos of the ministry, counseling ideas, baptismal forms, pastor appreciation ideas, and so much more! Our goal is to not re-invent the wheel but allow others to easily have access to forms they need to make their church or ministry run more efficiently. The forms are free.
Retreats in Colorado and Tennessee
Off-sites in Upstate New York and Georgia
ADDRESS: PO Box 700, Divide, CO 80814
CONTACT: Mike Schafer, COO, Retreat Leader (email@example.com)
COST: $1,300 - $1,800/couple or single. Scholarships available.
For over three decades, SonScape has offered retreats that bring rest, renewal, and real life change. Our retreats are open to pastors, missionaries, parachurch leaders and their spouses. Guests are guided through our proven 7-day model by experienced staff retreat leaders to help deepen intimacy with Christ and discover balance for everyday life. Each retreat is limited to four couples/singles with times for group interaction, private sessions with retreat leaders and personal time with God. Guests stay in beautiful accommodations and enjoy delicious meals.
FOR WOMEN ONLY (1 LISTING)
ADDRESS: 311 Sherwood Drive, Branson, MO 65616
CONTACT: Laura Mullenix
COST: No cost to wives of ministers and pastors.
BethNuah means “House of Rest.” BethNuah Ministries is a ministry uniquely designed for the wives of ministers and pastors, providing 3-day relaxing and restful spiritual retreats. The retreats are designed specifically for ministry wives at no cost to them. They provide time with the Lord, allowing ladies to reconnect with the Lord and help bring refreshing to their souls. They include time alone for each woman, with scriptural devotions written uniquely for them. This is combined with group time with the other attendees and one-on-one time with Laura Mullenix, Founder and Director, along with ample free time for relaxation and getting to know other ministry wives. Accommodations include private rooms, meals, nice extras and retreat material.
Also included in this ministry is a web-site which includes contact information and more retreat information, including testimonials from retreats. Laura is also available for phone and email consult.