Revised March 7, 2014
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 Office of Prayer & Spiritual Care, 1445 Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO 65802. The following listings are not recommendations, but are supplied for informational purposes only. 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 (2 LISTINGS)
Dogwood Hills B&B
MAILING ADDRESS: PO Box 21, Harriet, AR 72639
HOSTS: Ruth & Thomas Pepler
COST: Ministry families will get an automatic discount of $50/ night off of our regular rate. The per person / night is the same for the children. Children 5 yrs and under stay at no charge. Two night minimum stay.
Dogwood Hills is set on 72 acres in the beautiful Ozark Mountains minutes from the Buffalo River. Our Bed and Breakfast is open to the public at $175 a night but is offered primarily to pastors and those in full-time Christian service at a minimal fee. 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.
The Prophet's Chamber
LOCATION: Near Russellville, AR
MAILING ADDRESS: PO Box 751055, Houston, TX 77275
CONTACT: Susan Nordin
COST: Free to active ministers and their immediate family.
There are times when you just need to get away and do nothing but maybe read a book, take a long walk, or fall asleep by the fire in an easy chair. When you need a change of scenery, want to relax, recharge your batteries, and rediscover the purpose and passion of ministry and life why not go someplace absolutely gorgeous?
The Prophet’s Chamber is a beautiful 4,600 square foot home featuring almost any amenity one could think of. Beautifully situated on two acres of land tucked away in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, near Russellville, Arkansas, the Prophet’s Chamber is sure to be everything you have imagined. This property is very secluded, tranquil, and private.
Located near Lake Dardanelle; Mount Petit Jean; Mount Nebo; Mount Magazine; the Ozark Mountains; the Ouachita Mountains; and one and a half hours from Branson Missouri; Eureka Springs Arkansas; Hot Springs Arkansas; and many other sites of interest. Activities in the area include: hiking, fishing, animal watching, star gazing, and all kinds of water sports. This will be a trip to remember, and you will want to tell all your friends about the Prophet’s Chamber.
The Prophet’s Chamber is used exclusively for active ministers and their immediate families. An active minister must accompany family members. To reserve your stay visit the Prophet's Chamber at www.prophetschamber.com
CALIFORNIA (8 LISTINGS)
ADDRESS: 39451 Comptche Ukiah Rd, Mendocino, CA 95460
CONTACT: Jerry & Pat Westfall
COST: 2-night minimum. Per night rate: weekend $135; Sun-Thurs $115; Week (7 nights)
$700. There is an 11% County “room tax
Antioch Ranch has three cottages offering rest and comfort for a family vacation. Each has two bedrooms, a complete kitchen, bathroom, and living room. Each cottage is nestled among the trees on our 20 acres. Enjoy the Redwood forests, take a stroll on the beach, investigate the Pigmy Forest, take to the hiking trails, or enjoy bicycling, canoeing, volleyball, horseshoes, or Bocce ball.
ADDRESS: Mill Creek Canyon, 40000 Valley of the Falls Dr., Forest Falls, CA 92339
ADDRESS: Ojai Valley, 655 Burnham Rd, Oakview CA, 93022
CONTACT: Michael Stanley, Guest Conferences Sales Manager
Forest Home is a Christian camp and conference center nestled in a scenic canyon in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California. Two-bedroom, one-bath cabins with living room, fireplace and kitchen, are offered to pastors and their families from 2 p.m. Monday through noon
Thursday, October through May (when not in use for conference housing). (Multi-night discounts available. Call for details.)
ADDRESS: 7202 Genesee Road, Taylorsville, CA 95983
PHONE: 1-866-715-7378 or 530-284-1082
CONTACT: Charley or Bev Blom, Host Couple
COST: $495/pastoral couple/week
Genesee Home is a ministry that provides a place for pastoral couples and missionaries to restore their souls, refresh their relationship with God, rekindle their personal love, and renew their hearts for ministry. We are located on a 1,600-acre working cattle ranch in the northern Sierra’s of California.
Genesee Home is a restored 1881 Victorian home. There are five lavish bedrooms each with their own bathroom, a special prayer barn, extensive library and space to be quiet with your spouse and Jesus Christ. This is a Sabbath Week retreat that will encourage you in ministry and strengthen your marriage.
Missionaries to Ministers: M2M - Helping the Helpers
ADDRESS: 3880 South Bascom Ave. #202, San Jose, CA 95124
PHONE: (408) 327-9459
CONTACT: Co-founders: Rev. T. Shane Couch & Marty D. Couch, LMFT
COST: $100/session with partial scholarships available upon request
Missionaries to Ministers is a ministry aimed at helping the minister and his or her family in the areas of pornography, sexual addiction, boundaries, and relational issues. We help to create a restoration process that is productive, lasting, and fruitful and speak from our own experiences and recovery. Individual and couple's counseling is provided in person, via phone, or virtual (iChat, Skype) sessions. M2M is available to educate pastors and churches on these very important and relevant issues.
Pinecrest Christian Conference Center
ADDRESS: 1140 Pinecrest Rd., P.O. Box 409,Twin Peaks, CA 92391
PHONE: 1-800-427-1858 or 909-338-4243
CONTACT: Doug Schlemmer, 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.
The Brook Lomond Cabin
ADDRESS: 10275 Riverside Dr, Ben Lomond, CA 95005
CONTACT: Marty & Marcie Eryavec, Owners/Innkeepers COST: $85.00/night
The Brook Lomond Cabin is a private Bed and Breakfast open to pastors, their wives, missionaries and anyone serving in a ministry for the Lord. We invite you to visit us in this quiet and serene location nestled in the heart of the San Lorenzo Valley, home of the redwoods.
Our home, The Brook Lomond Cabin, is a safe and peaceful Bed & Breakfast. We provide you with the time and place to rest, restore, and renew your love for the Lord, your spouse, and your ministry. Presently, we can host only one couple at a time.
Amenities include: Breakfast, afternoon hors d’oeuvres, hairdryer, bathrobes, iron & ironing board, CD/Tape player, piano, extensive library, DVD player, wide screen TV, internet access, and complimentary concierge services. Outside: Seating throughout the property, horse shoes, and a fire pit. For a fee we can provide an airport shuttle.
The Cottage on Coronado Island
ADDRESS: 261 ‘H’ Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118
CONTACT: Dr. Walter Becker
COST: $3500 per couple (covers accommodations, meals, and all counseling sessions).
The retreat is designed for pastor and missionary couples in crisis. Only one couple at a time spend a week for intensive counsel at the Cottage with Dr. Walter & Francoise Becker, both licensed therapists. Insurance is accepted for therapy sessions, and some scholarship help may be available. The Cottage is located on the resort island of Coronado surrounded by San Diego Bay and the ocean.
ADDRESS: P.O. Box 437, 18651 Pine Canyon Rd., Lake Hughes, CA 93532
CONTACT: Paul Crockett, director of guest relations
COST: Come as our guest! Adults only; no children or pets.
These retreat units are complimentary to Christian pastors, missionaries, and full-time Christian workers who want to come and pray. (Designed for the individual or couple, not for groups.) Tired of the traffic? The smog? Worn down by the frantic pace? Escape to THE OAKS, where the air is clean and the mountain view is breathtaking. The area wonderfully displays the creativeness of God, untainted by the hustle and bustle of the metropolis 50 miles away.
CANADA (2 LISTINGS)
ADDRESS: #1 – 8191 Rogers Rd, Vernon, BC V1B 3M8, Canada
CONTACT: Rev. Len Frank, director
COST: Counseling is available at $50/hour.
OTHER: No pets or smoking.
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 five fully-equipped cottages, two staff homes, an office, a fully- serviced RV park and workshop. The Charles Shepson Lodge is currently under construction. The Kelowna airport is 50 minutes from Fairhaven and there are regularly scheduled flights from Kelowna 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 (12 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.
LOCATION: Buena Vista, Colorado 81211
MAILING ADDRESS: 16310 County Road 327 Buena Vista, Colorado 81211
FOR RESERVATIONS: Call Melody at 719-671-2745
COST: 105.00 to 150.00 per night (this includes a full breakfast)
When was the last time that you looked at nature and sighed? When was the last time you heard the birds talk to each other? When was the last time you stopped the car to watch the sunset? When was the last time you just stopped and listened to the wind as it set the leaves to dancing making the sound of their creator? When was the last time that your heart was truly at rest? Once you heart begins to rest you will understand that God is trying to ask you 'Do you see me? Do you want to see more of me?' Open your eyes to the mysteries and the beauty of God. God is pursuing you, but in the busyness of your day you may not see Him wooing and romancing you. God is in love with you! Do you need a place where everything stops and rest is the order of the day? Do you need to get away to a 'sanctuary'? A 'sanctuary' is place where you can stop and spend time with the One who has been pursuing you all of your life. A 'sanctuary' is a place where you can restore the joy you first felt when you met God. Is it time for you to reconnect with the One who yearns to have communion with you in the cool of the morning? At Sanctuary we have created an environment where quiet and peace are the norm. During you stay here you will NOT have people dropping in for counseling, deadlines or meetings.
At Sanctuary you will have:
- Time for personal worship Time for personal reading
- Time for a walk in the Ponderosa Pines and the Aspens Time for a nap
- Time to reflect on where your ministry has been and discern where God wants it to go Time to listen to the waterfall and watch as wildlife walks through the property
- Time to hear God's voice in the stillness
Has the enemy stolen your time? Has the enemy stolen your joy? At Sanctuary you will have time to rest, reflect, get inspiration, and hear what revelation God has been speaking to you. Even Jesus needed time away to be renewed and to hear where God was leading him next.
Mark 6:31 "Come away to a quiet place and rest awhile."
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: 6295 Lehman Drive, Suite 102, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
PHONE: 719-593-7754 or 1-800-533-4049
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
ADDRESS Camp: Twin Lakes, CO
ADDRESS HOME OFFICE: PO Box 91224, Austin, TX 78709
OFFICE PHONE: 512-288-7580
CAMP PHONE: 719-486-2208
CONTACT EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
COST: Donation basis
Our Family C.A.R.E. program is based at our 14-acre facility located in Twin Lakes, Colorado and looks over Mount Elbert and Mount Massive, the two tallest mountains in Colorado. This program focuses on working with sponsored ministry couples. Our facilities offer two 2-story log cabins for housing during their stay. (Top floor is a one-bedroom suite; the bottom is a two-bedroom suite.) These facilities were designed to provide an inspiring place of “retreat” from the norms of our typical busy lifestyles. They provide the blessed opportunity to relax, reflect, and re-evaluate. This opens the door for a sweet communion with the Lord that brings discovery, re-discovery, and powerful change to those things that prevent us from being effective and Spirit-led in our families, churches, and communities. The area surrounding the facilities offers many activities, such as hiking, fishing, skiing, sightseeing, rafting, or simply sitting with a cup of coffee or hot tea and taking in the beauty and majesty of God’s great creation.
ADDRESS: 181 Bannockburn, Marble, CO 81623
COST: $2,800/person (covers 9 nights lodging, meals, 27 hours of group counseling, 3 hours of individual counseling).
Inter-denominational counseling for clergy in crisis, suffering burnout, seeking healing, hope and restoration to those in vocational Christian ministry. Brief intensive counseling sessions (maximum eight people at a time; serve singles as well as couples). Lodging is provided in a cozy mountain lodge with pampering amenities. All meals are prepared and served family-style by our on-site host couple. Guests arrive Tuesday late afternoon and depart in the morning of the second Thursday.
Quiet Waters Ministries
ADDRESS: 9185 East Kenyon Avenue, Suite 150, Denver, CO 80237
PHONE: 1-866-5-waters (866-592-8377);
CONTACT: James L. Schlottman, President/CEO
COST: $4,900/couple and $4,600/individual for a two-week Leadership Counseling Intensive and $3,200/couple and $3,000/individual for a one-week Leadership Counseling Intensive.
The cost includes the individualized counseling, meals, lodging, and recreational facilities.
Quiet Waters Ministries’ mission is to renew, restore and strengthen Christian leaders and their families. The intensive counseling program is two-weeks (20 hours) or one-week (15 hours) of private
therapeutic interaction in a home-like retreat setting. 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.
Quiet Waters Retreat and Ministry 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 Center is in the Denver metro area and features 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.
Rocky Mountain Renewal
ADDRESS: 4425 CR 228, Durango, CO 81301
OFFICE FAX: 970-259-6222
CONTACT: Gail Formby, Assistant Ministry Coordinator
Private vacation homes on a ranch in Colorado are provided free of charge to full-time, evangelical Christian pastors and missionaries, and their families.
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:
a) Regular rate: $89.00 b) 50% off for pastors/missionaries ($44.50/one night) 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.
In addition, we have available our A-Frame cabin. This cabin is also located in the foothills of the Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range. The Alvarado Creek runs under the back deck making it a unique and very peaceful setting. Located in a forest setting of pines and aspen on 1.5 acres.
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.
FLORIDA (3 LISTINGS)
Beside Still Waters
ADDRESS: Taylor Family Foundation, Inc., 1111 9th Ave W, Suite E, Bradenton, FL 34205
TOLL FREE: 877-608-0999
CONTACT: Katherine Kittsmiller
Beside Still Waters is a program that wishes to bless Gods servants from all areas of the globe, by providing a place of rest and refocus. This program is not provided to give a free vacation. It is intended for those who are in spiritual need of refreshment in the Lord and who are seeking God’s direction. We define a servant as an experienced pastor, minister, missionary, bishop, priest or rabbi, etc. (Applicant must have three years or more of full-time service in good standing.) We are not open to church staff or support staff. The townhouses we provide are located on Anna Maria Island, Florida, approximately one block from the beach. Application is located on our blog along with current availability. The program costs range from $150 - $250. At this time, maximum stay is 10 days (January-August), or 14 days (September-December). Program not open to groups. Children are welcome. Maximum number of guests is 6 per unit. One unit per booking. We can no longer do two units for more than 6 guests. Please note: 501(c)3 IRS (aka: US Treasury) paperwork for your church is required. This is not your state tax exempt documentation. Please see website for more information on the program requirements.
D&D Missionary Homes, Inc.
ADDRESS: 4020 58th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33714
COST: Varies by length of stay, size of family, and home size. Please call for current information. One annual $100 application fee.
D&D provides hospitality and support services to active missionaries and pastors in their transitional periods. Missionaries come to D&D knowing they have a place to rest, relax, recuperate, and be spiritually renewed. They are assured of a caring, concerned staff who will serve them in an international and intercultural environment unlike any other place in the United States. Qualified guests may stay up to one year.
D&D has 50+ contiguous, one- to five-bedroom homes in a four block area. The homes are fully furnished with quality items to meet the needs of guests in a serene, full-service campus setting.
Services include: free clothing center, library, missionary kids ministry, secure playground, fellowship opportunities, free food pantry, medical referrals, and concierge benefits.
ADDRESS: 14520 Perdido Key Dr, Pensacola, FL 32507 PHONE: 850-492-3683 (DOVE)
CONTACT: Rev. Mike or Dr. Sharon Hill
COST: $185/day (no extra charge for couples)
Dove Shores is located on the beautiful shores of the Gulf of Mexico. We have two rooms that accommodate two individuals or two couples. Each room is private with a queen-size bed, bath, deck, and kitchen facilities. The average stay is from 7 to 10 days. We offer 3-4 hours of intensive therapy daily (no group) and you will have approximately three hours of “homework” in the afternoon. Yet, there is still plenty of free time to explore this exciting area and enjoy local shopping. You can visit the Naval Air and Space Museum and perhaps take in the Blue Angels show. Part of your therapy is to take a leisurely walk on the breath-taking, snow-white shores of the Gulf each morning and evening. The per-day rental fee includes all services except food. There is no charge for the counseling, but there is a $25 fee for room clean-up at the end of your stay. Dr. Sharon Hill, now retired, volunteers as counselor. She specializes in working with ministers and Christian families in crisis as well as all relational and adjustment situations. Sharon remains a state and nationally certified counselor who has 25 years of experience. Rev. Mike, with over 25 years experience in the financial and business development areas, is our Minister of Finance and is available to assist in counseling in these areas.
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.
ADDRESS: 55 Restoration Rd., Blairsville, GA 30512
CONTACT: Joann Earl, host and founder
COST: We do not solicit or charge a fee, but do accept voluntary love offerings.
Restoration Road is for those in Christian service who have need of renewal, strength, and encouragement. Nestled in the mountains of Georgia and surrounded by God’s own creation, Restoration Road provides an atmosphere where you can experience afresh His wonderful presence. Take long walks in the woods, or sit on the porch and enjoy the country air and the music of the quiet nights. Visit the quaint towns and have fun in their shops. Above all, bask in God’s love for you and be restored. Our three cottages are completely furnished and equipped with a full kitchen and laundry. Children love to roam our safe, 12-acre campus.
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, church leaders and missionaries. Until the cabins are completed, accommodation is available B&B style in Shepherd’s Lodge and is limited to a one-week stay to allow others to benefit. Although we love children, the primary focus is 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.
Shepherd’s Lodge is overlooking a peaceful valley and offers walking trails and benches that invite you to come rest a while.
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.
IDAHO (1 LISTING)
Diamond T Ranch
ADDRESS: 5361 River Road, Clark Fork, ID 83811
CONTACT: Tom and Brenda Wagoner
COST: Full-time evangelical pastors and missionaries — $40 per night per family of up to 5 (if they have the funds). Seven day limit at this rate.
The Diamond T Ranch is a 135-acre guest ranch with modern log cabins open to the general public but available to full-time, evangelical pastors and missionaries at a greatly reduced cost. The ranch lies in the majestic Cabinet Gorge of north Idaho next to the large Clark Fork River and just five miles upstream from Lake Pend Oreille, the largest lake in Idaho, with world class fishing. Wildlife abounds here.
Each log cabin has its own kitchenette (the ranch does not provide meals). There are stores and restaurants five miles away. The ranch and surrounding National Forests and area have fishing, hiking, hunting, berry picking, boating, kayaking, horseback riding (with neighboring outfitters for a fee), a petting pen, horseshoes, volleyball, badminton, croquet, wildlife watching, cycling, picnicking, sightseeing, skiing, cross country skiing, swimming, rafting, hot springs, shopping and concerts. We also take RV’s for $30 per night. Bring your own snowmobile, ATV or 4x4 and explore miles of National Forest roads right across the road in the Bitterroot Mountains.
We are located 2 hours from the Spokane airport, 3 hours from Glacier National Park, and 45 miles from Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort. And we’re open year-round.
ILLINOIS (2 LISTINGS)
Deer Ridge Ministries
MAILING ADDRESS: 401 Meadows Street, Polo, IL 61064. Retreat Location: Freeport, IL
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
COST: $65.70 (lodging only, motel room with linens). Reflects 10% discount for A/G ministers located outside of the state of Illinois. (Normally $73.00/night.)
Owned and operated by the Illinois District Council of the Assemblies of God, Lake Williamson provides a year-round center for education, spiritual renewal, relaxation, and recreation through retreats, seminars, conferences, and camps in a resort atmosphere. Williamson Lodge has 127 air- conditioned, motel-style rooms with TV, phones, linens, and daily housekeeping. Meals can be pre- arranged at the Dining Hall if groups are being served (meals not included in the 10% discount).
Restaurants are available in the Carlinville/Gillespie/Litchfield area.
Lodging rate includes use of the Activities Center (when available) including gyms, indoor swimming, weight room, racquetball/volleyball courts, game room, café and more. Free Wi-Fi on the grounds.
Beach-front and outdoor pools are available for an additional fee (weekends Memorial Day to Labor Day). Outdoor activities include hiking, tennis, sand volleyball, football, soccer, picnic pavilions, and fishing. Miniature golf, ping pong, and billiards are also available for a small fee.
Lake Williamson may be unavailable if reserved for exclusive groups. No alcohol; limited smoking areas. A conference room is available for a fee (when available). Gift certificates are available. No pets.
INDIANA (1 LISTING)
COST: $50.00/night for pastors and spouses; $75/night for Christian workers, church staff members, and prayer retreats.
King’s Ranch is located on 150 acres in the rolling hills of southeast Indiana, halfway between Indianapolis, IN and Cincinnati, OH. Each cabin has a living/dining room, kitchen, bathroom on main level, two bedrooms, and a loft for office/sleeping. With a sleeper sofa in the living room, the cabins sleep up to eight guests. Linens are furnished, kitchens are fully equipped. The individual cabins have no TV or phones. No pets or smoking. Guests have time to relax, read and communicate with each other and our Lord. Enjoy hiking, fishing, the in-ground swimming pool, hot tub, gazebo, decks, and golf cart for exploring the acreage. Nearby is a golf course, craft shopping in Nineteenth Century Village at Metamora, and white-water rafting.
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 (3 listings)
ADDRESS: PO Box 587, Richland, MI 49083 (near Kalamazoo, MI)
CONTACT: Steve Maybee, Care Coordinator
COST: $3,850 single, $5,500 couple for the 3-week program (ask about discounts, scholarships).
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.
Efficiency cottages are within walking distance of peaceful Gull Lake in southwestern Michigan. Enjoy beautiful, quiet surroundings while experiencing healing and restoration of hope and wholeness.
LOCATION: Near Kalamazoo, MI
CONTACT ADDRESS: Ann Rothmaler , 69 Wilcox Ave., Elgin, IL 60123
COST: $8.00 + $2.00 per person per night (ie $12 per couple, $18 for family of 5)
Hosanna Homestead is a 2nd floor, 3 room suite with bath & large deck. It is located in 10 acres of woods in a rural residential area with easy access from I94. Bedding is provided for 2 full beds in the sleeping room. Additional couches & futon are available in other rooms if guests provide bedding.
Cooking facilities are provided but not food. Activities include a picnic & campfire area, bird watching & generally relaxing in nature. Books, games & puzzles are available for rainy day family time. A variety of other recreational activities are available in the area.
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.
MINNESOTA (1 listing)
ADDRESS: 26931 449th St., Pelican Rapids, MN 56572
CONTACT: Paul or Pamela Logan, owner/hostess COST: Free; voluntary love offerings accepted
Whispering Woods, a place to hear God’s voice, is located in the lake country of northwestern Minnesota. Enjoy delicious breakfasts while staying in a quaint private bedroom with bath. This cozy home has a family room, fireplace, outdoor hot tub, fire pit, prayer garden, walking paths, swimming, and paddleboat access on beautiful Crystal Lake. Ideal for individuals or couples needing a time of prayer and refreshing.
MISSOURI (3 listings)
Anchor Retreat & Conference Center
ADDRESS: 170 Deckard Lane, Kimberling City, MO 65686
PHONE: 417-429-0843 office 417-766-3090 cell
EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Also: email@example.com
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: Doug or Terrie Fuller
COST: Free. (limited availability to church groups for $75/cottage/per night.)
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.
Little House in the Hollow
ADDRESS OF CABIN: 2423 Aspen Dr., Highlandville, MO
ADDRESS FOR INQUIRY: 1119 N. Jefferson, Springfield, MO 65802
PHONE: 417-838-0207 or 417-838-6124
CONTACT: Randy and Sonja Baldwin
COST: $195 minimum for 2-night stay. $375/week. $100 deposit.
DESCRIPTION: Located just west of Highway 160, approx. 20 min. south of Springfield, 20 minutes to Branson. Secluded, private rock cabin, fully-furnished and decorated with quaint family antiques. Beautiful in every season! Quiet setting along a spring-fed creek. Ideal hide-away retreat or small family reunion site. Small cabin with loft can accommodate up to ten adults. No smoking or pets.
AMENITIES: A/C; full kitchen; DW; microwave; small washer/dryer; all linens provided; TV/DVD; grill; front & back porches for eating/relaxing; swings & fort for the kids.
ACTIVITIES: Wading in the creek; hiking in the woods; fishing in the river one mile away; spots for quiet meditation.
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.
NEBRASKA (1 LISTING)
The Marie House
ADDRESS: 202 Broadway, Naponee, NE 68960
CONTACT: Pastor Duane Lauber
COST: Donations are accepted.
The Marie House is a small cottage with two bedrooms, plus two additional hide-a-beds in the living room and family room. It is well suited for a family vacation. The setting is very quiet and peaceful. All bedding, towels, pots, pans and dishes are furnished, and the interior has been completely refurbished. No counseling or programs are provided. Our mission is to provide a place for rest, relaxation, and restoration for individuals and families in ministry.
NORTH CAROLINA (1 LISTINGS)
His High Places, Inc.
ADDRESS: PO Box 1418, Boone NC 28607
CONTACT: April Main, Client Services Coordinator
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 over 2,000 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, 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 5 nights and 6 days with twice-daily sessions for diagnostic listening, teaching, worship, and deep prayer to address root issues. There are also assignments in specific books, audio and video tapes, 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 (3 LISTINGS)
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.
Mohican Valley Camp and Canoe
ADDRESS: 3069 State Route 3, Loudonville, OH 44842
PHONE: 419-994-5204 or 1-800-682-2663
CONTACT: Rev. Sheila Bechtel, Overseer
COST: Call for pastor family vacation or youth retreat price quotes.
Riverfront and off-river camping, fishing, kayaking, on-site canoe livery, Christian Youth retreat lodging, and cabins. Property adjoins Mohican State Park for hiking and biking. Come and make some memories. Our campsites each have a picnic table, fire ring and room for tent/trailer and vehicle.
Electric sites available. Fully-furnished cabins for rent by the day, week or weekend available year ‘round. Christian Youth Retreat lodging that sleeps up to 10 with fully-equipped kitchen and private bathroom also available year ‘round.
Riverside Retreat for Pastors
ADDRESS: 3069 State Route 3, Loudonville, OH 44842
PHONE: 419-994-5204 or 1-866-386-5413
CONTACT: Rev. Sheila Bechtel, Overseer
COST: Full houses on the river - $50/night for pastor, $25/night for accompanying spouse, 3 nights minimum.
God knows that you are tired and weary. He wants time alone with you. Healings need done. God made promises to you when you became a pastor that He wants to come to pass. This ministry provides a peaceful, spiritual environment where busy pastors can rest and have uninterrupted time in worship and the Word. Property adjoins Mohican State Park. Three clean, fully-furnished overnight residences.
PENNSYLVANIA (1 LISTING)
ADDRESS: 870 River Ridge Rd, Franklin, PA 16323
CONTACT: Rich Tygert, Administrator
COST: Apartment, one night $40; two nights $65. Private room w/bath, one night $25; two nights $40
Apartment consists of two bedrooms, bath, combination living/dining room, and private kitchen. With a beautiful view overlooking the Allegheny River, this is an attractive, yet economical setting for
getting away. Two miles off all paved roads, this is a rustic, very comfortable setting. Advance reservations required.
SOUTH CAROLINA (2 LISTING)
ADDRESS: 45 minutes from Greenville/Spartanburg Airport
PHONE: 803-329-9727 (Florida office: 850-492-3683)
EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
CONTACT: Michael L. Hill, Sharon Hill, Caretakers
COST: Call for fees, or visit website
As the photo suggests, Dove Mountain's lodging by its very placement is a metaphor for "VISION". The lodging is atop a mountain peak with spectacular views in every direction. "You feel like you are flying!" one visitor exclaimed. Dove Mountain is a 70-acre homestead dedicated to ministry purposes. Mike and Sharon Hill, the caretakers and resident counselors, work with individuals, couples, families and clergy to help them process and overcome destructive life situations; especially sexual addiction and relational struggles. The lodging varies from large bedroom/bath/kitchen studios to accommodations for up to 20. All counseling is one-on-one; no group for utmost privacy and effect. Private suite space is limited. Please call toll free 877-238-6664 or 850-492-3683 for more information and fees. Insurance is accepted. Please feel free to visit online or e-mail us.
Intensive counseling retreats for the wounded and broken Christian leader
ADDRESS: PO Box 283, Landrum, SC 29356
CONTACT: Pastor Daniel L. Garvin
COST: $400/day – All inclusive for a couple (includes three counseling sessions each day). Some scholarships are available for pastors & min. staff, Bed & Breakfast only: $75.00/night, Silent Retreat (included B&B): $75.00/night
Restoration House is located in a secluded mountain setting in a totally quiet and peaceful environment. Facilities are limited to one intensive couple at a time, with another room for Bed & Breakfast or Silent Retreats. Fun diversions are available such as quaint towns, antiques, covered and carriage bridges, biking, and hiking. A year’s worth of counseling can be accomplished in one intensive week by our licensed therapist with 24 years of experience. (See website for testimonies.) No children or pets.
TENNESSEE (4 LISTINGS)
Christian Pastor Retreat
ADDRESS: 365 Spruce Creek Dr, Jamestown, TN 38556
PHONE: (931) 879-6784
CONTACT: Tom & Joyce Pickard
COST: Suggested donation of $150 for the week. If finances are limited, you will not need to leave a donation. We are retired and the donations pay for the expenses for the three cabins.
We are 100 miles north of Knoxville, TN and 15 miles from Kentucky on the beautiful Cumberland Plateau at 1600 feet. One property is 8 acres and the other 5 acres of tree-lined property and seclusion. We have a gazebo and hiking trail to a small waterfall on the one property. The other property has a covered picnic area.
Both Big South Fork National River & Recreation area and Pickett State Park are within five miles. Two cabins share 8 acres and there is a swing set, slide and wading pool for the little ones as well as lots of outdoor equipment such as volleyball, badminton, horseshoes and table tennis.
Our county has more arches and rock formations than any county in Tennessee and you can hike to many of these. They are listed on the website. Information in the cabins shows driving tours, hiking maps, horseback riding, rafting and canoeing concessions, swimming
pool, a waterfall and scenic Rugby which is on the National Register of Historic sites. You can tour a coal mine or ride a scenic train to an old mining area.
Or, if your goal is to relax, you can accomplish that also. The cabins are back from the road a good distance and it is very quiet. Crossville, TN has several golf courses if you want to play a round or two.
We are open all year.
Chilhowee Mountain Retreat Bed and Breakfast
ADDRESS: 5110 Little Doubles Road, Maryville, TN 37803
COST: Special rates for those in full-time Christian ministry Monday night through Thursday night, for any or all nights, is only $100 per night. This rate includes your room and full breakfast, snacks and munchies, ice, soft drinks, bath salts, and robes to use during your stay. Depending on the room chosen you may also enjoy a two-person airjet tub, steam shower, or Softub hot tub. All rooms have spectacular panoramic views of the Smoky Mountains and the rich, dense forest. We encourage you to check out the rooms available on our website where there are pictures to aid you in making your selection. To book a room or rooms you must call 865-983-8511 and mention this offer.
Chilhowee Mountain Retreat is located just outside Maryville, Tennessee, adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The ten acre property borders the National Park property at a half mile in elevation. The Foothills Parkway is just below the Inn. Wildlife abounds at Chilhowee Mountain Retreat with it being not uncommon to see black bear, bobcats, foxes, wild turkeys, snakes and other reptiles and an abundant variety of birds.
As Jesus reminded his followers in Mark 6:31-32, “…’Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. And they went away in the boat to a lonely place by themselves.”
You will find the perfect place to unwind, reflect and rejuvenate here. There are two long covered porches on this log lodge with rockers, a loft with a wall of windows for taking in the forest, a great room with comfortable seating and a music room for those blessed with talent. With permission of your hosts the instruments are available for you to play.
Your hosts, Jim and Mary, have been involved in various ministries. Mary’s father was an A/G pastor for 42 years. Jim has an M.A. in Biblical Theology from Wheaton College; is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society; and has served as an interim pastor.
Cozy Bear Cabins
ADDRESS: Pigeon Forge, TN
CONTACT: Michael Thompson
COST: $100 to $150 (please call or consult website for details)
Cozy Bear Cabins offers a cabin named Bear Pause, located in a secluded and tranquil setting. Bear Pause sleeps 6 and offers a fireplace, whirlpool tub, and hot tub. Bear Pause allows our guests a place to reflect, relax, and momentarily set aside the pressures of the ministry and enjoy the handiwork of God's creation. It is our desire to be a blessing to pastors, staff personnel, and others in full-time ministry by offering our cabins at a discount.
ADDRESS: 2198 Roaring Creek Road, Roan Mountain, TN 37687
CONTACT: Ed Gore, Executive Director
COST: The chalets and cottages are $80/night, however full-time Christian workers pay only
$60/night. Our two lodges provide space for meetings and activities as needed. We have a special “sabbatical” rate with a minimum stay of four weeks for $950. Biblical counseling is available at $70 per hour.
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.
Whitestone Country Inn
ADDRESS: 1200 Paint Rock Rd, Kingston, TN 37763
COST: Special rates Sunday through Thursday for those in full-time ministry start at only $82.50 per night and include a big country breakfast. There are 22 rooms in 6 different buildings. Reservations are required. For prices on group retreats please call the office.
Located between Knoxville and Chattanooga on 360 acres, with more than one mile of frontage on the Tennessee River, Whitestone Country Inn is a luxurious country estate. This “sanctuary for the soul” is surrounded by a wildlife/waterfowl refuge and is perched on a quiet, dead-end street.
Whitestone’s name is taken from Revelation 2:17, “to those who overcome, God will give a Whitestone with their eternal name engraved, known only to the recipient and God.”
Whitestone has received AAA’s prestigious Four Diamond award for 14 consecutive years. All 22 rooms feature spa tubs, king-sized beds, fireplaces, individual climate controls, TV/DVDs, refrigerators and in-room coffee service.
Guests can enjoy our full-service Salon and Day Spa as well as the use of kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, tennis courts, croquet, horseshoes, pool tables, ping pong, shuffleboard, corn hole and 8 miles of hiking trails. Two stocked fishing ponds and the Tennessee River make fishing a favorite activity for guests. Three golf courses located within 30 minutes of the property add to the activities available.
TEXAS (3 LISTINGS)
Hidden Manna Christian Retreat Center
ADDRESS: 26203 Oak Ridge Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380
CONTACT: Paul Looney
COST: From $40 to $100/night. Ministerial discounts available Sunday through Thursday, depending upon availability
Hidden Manna is a quiet retreat center in the midst of Sam Houston National Forest, 60 miles north of downtown Houston. Three modern, comfortable homes are available for groups, couples, or individuals. Pastors particularly enjoy the “Casa de los Angelitos,” a quiet house in the woods where they can rest and refresh in communion with God.
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.
VIRGINIA (1 LISTING)
Bethany House Ministries (Meadows of Dan, Virginia)
CONTACT ADDRESS: P.O. Box 14853, Greensboro, NC 27415
PHONE: (336) 272-4766
WEBSITE: www.innatbethany.org or www.TheRoadtoBethany.com
CONTACT: Jim & Karon Storment
COST: suggested $35/night donation
“A simple place of quiet peace and tranquil beauty where you can find rest in His presence.”
A non-profit organization established in 1993 for the purpose of supporting those in full-time ministry by providing a peaceful setting for rest and renewal. Charming two-bedroom cottage available for use May through October by ministers, missionaries and ministry leaders, located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Gorgeous wooded property located near fishing, golf, antiques and other amenities. You are welcome at Bethany!
WASHINGTON (3 LISTINGS)
Camp Berachah Ministries
ADDRESS: 19830 SE 328th Place, Auburn, WA 98092
PHONE: 253-939-0488 or 1-800-859-2267
CONTACT: Guest Host (Randy or Mark)
COST: 3-day ministry stays at $10/day linen fee, and meals at the staff rate ($3.00/meal). Longer stays average $45/day.
Camp Berachah is 40 minutes from Seattle, nestled in the foothills of the Cascades. Enjoy over 150 acres of trees and trails with deluxe lodge rooms or RV sites. Owned and operated by Camp Berachah Ministries, an independent evangelical Christian non-profit organization. We are always happy, based on availability, to host restful retreats for pastors and Christian workers.
Hosanna Way Station Christian Retreat Center
The Hosanna Way Station Christian Retreat Center exists to provide quiet, private quarters for families in Christian ministry to vacation at no or nominal cost. Private two- and three- bedroom units are fully-equipped with kitchen utensils, bedding and bath linens for your convenience. We are located in northeastern Washington State in the Kettle Mountains on 75 wooded acres, 10 miles north of Republic, Washington and one mile west of Curlew Lake.
ADDRESS: 8609 – 182nd Place SW, Edmonds, WA 98026
WEBSITE: www.soundviewministries.org (see also: www.soundviewcoaching.com)
CONTACT: Rev. Ted or Jane Hutchinson
COSTS: 4 days/3 nights $450; 5 days/4 nights $600; 8 days/7 nights $1,050. All rates include meals and life coaching (at your request).
SoundViewMinistries provides a safe place for you to explore personal and professional issues where you may be stuck. Here you will discover the tools you need to move forward.
Come for a healing interlude. Work with Ted and Jane Hutchinson, professionally-trained coaches with 40 years’ experience in pastoral ministry and spiritual care. You will find a safe, confidential environment to tell your story and share your challenges. You can expect to
experience a strong mentoring relationship, offering encouragement and guidance to help you develop a plan for renewal that includes follow-up support.
You will have free time that may include assigned reading, reflection, prayer, journaling, or a discipline of silence. We also encourage quiet rest periods as an essential part of ‘rest’oration. SVM does provide internet access though we encourage you to limit internet / cell phone use during your stay. Though no recreational activities are provided by SVM many are available in the area which you may choose to pursue on your own.
WEST VIRGINIA (1 LISTING)
Faith Mountain Ministries, Inc.
ADDRESS: HC 73, Box 18C, Rosedale, WV 26636
CONTACT Russell or Chris Young Directors
COST: $65. $75/night Special rates for Christian workers and groups
Faith Mountain is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian retreat facility. The 235 beautiful, wooded acres in the Mountain Lakes region of West Virginia provide an ideal setting for pastors, missionaries and Christian families to experience rest, relaxation and spiritual renewal. There are three, 2-bedroom cottages, each sleeps 7 and are completely furnished with a gas fireplace, whirlpool bath and two queen-sized beds, a queen sofa-bed, and a loveseat/single bed. The Cedar House contains two levels and can comfortably sleep 28 guests for a perfect setting for a church leadership or youth retreat. Other amenities include air-conditioning, fully equipped kitchen, linens and pillows, and a grate to cook on the campfire (plenty of firewood, but bring charcoal lighter fluid).
WISCONSIN (2 LISTING)
Ministries Resource Center, Inc.
ADDRESS: 14190 Barker Hollow Rd., Woodman, WI 53827 (Millville, WI)
PHONE: 608-988-4326 or 608-988-4649
CONTACT: Rev. Gerald and Alita Robertson, Executive Program Director
COST: ALL DAY 1 person.....$10.00, 2 persons...$15.00, group.........$10.00 per person with a $40.00 minimum charge,
OVERNIGHT: 1 person.....$35.00, Couple........$40.00, Family........$50.00, Group..........$15.00 per person...8 person minimum charge
MRC “Mercy” is a retreat center especially prepared with ministry personnel in mind. Our Retreat House is fully-furnished, air-conditioned, and stocked with basic food staples, books, and games. All four units have full baths, kitchens, and balconies. All units may be used at once for large families, family reunions, boards, small retreats, etc. However, we only book one unit at a time for minister or ministry couple. Arrangements can be made for sabbaticals or for missionaries who need a longer stay. The Retreat House is set in a wooded hillside on 53 acres near the Wisconsin River. We are located near Prairie du Chien, with its parks, historical sites, antique and craft shops, golf, swimming, boating and fishing. Counseling by a state certified Marriage and Family Counselor is available. Costs can be negotiated.
Stone Gate Resources
ADDRESS: 404 N. Franklin St., Port Washington, WI 53074
PHONE: 1-888-575-3030 or 262-284-7777
WEBSITES: www.stonegateresources.org and restoringsexualpurity.org
CONTACT: Dr. Harry W. Schaumburg, LMFT, DAPA
Stone Gate Resources offers Biblical Intensive Counseling, an seven-day program of private counseling, teaching and guided study that serves to point people away from sexual sins of adultery and pornography to restored intimacy with God and others. For the past 21 years, over 3000 people from around the world, many of whom are clergy and missionaries, have benefited from the solid biblical teaching and counseling that leads to repentance and reconciliation.
MULTI-LOCATIONS (5 LISTINGS)
Christian Hospitality Network (CHN)
A network of over 1000 national and international participating lodging properties. ADDRESS: 1200 Paint Rock Rd, Kingston, TN 37763
CHN is a growing alliance of over 700 Christian-owned lodging properties, including inns, bed & breakfasts, hotels, private homes, cabins, retreat/conference centers and camps. With locations in most US states as well as Canada and overseas, all lodging facilities offer substantial discounts during the midweek and off-season to missionaries and pastors in full- time Christian service. These are all distinctive accommodations where the traveling public is warmly welcomed and those serving the church around the world can find a rejuvenating getaway experience well within their means.
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, $55; 4-7 nights, $95.
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.
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.
The National Clergy Support Network
PastorCare NetworkThe National Clergy Support Network
ADDRESS: 2122 Hopedale Street, Kannapolis, NC 28083
PHONE: 704-960-3647 or Carolinas 704-796-1784
REGIONAL LOCATIONS: at www.pastorcare.org
PastorCare maintains a listing of vacation cottages, homes and motels owned by Christians who, on a case-by-case basis, are willing to allow a pastor and spouse to get away and find needed retreat. Professionals provide services including health care, Christian counselors, mentoring, and prayer intercessors. Caregiver names and phone numbers are kept confidential. Call PastorCare directly for the resources you need.
FOR WOMEN ONLY (1 LISTING)
ADDRESS: 3620 Cross Bend Rd, Plano, TX 75023
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. Retreats are held in Plano, TX at our Bed and Breakfast style home. Plano is conveniently located near 2 major airports (DFW and Love Field, Dallas), serving all airlines. 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. For retreats in Texas, travel sponsorship may be available.