How it works
The ‘philosophy’ behind these retreats is “being there in the presence of God for the sake of others.” The goal is to provide a safe place where the realities of life and ministry can be openly shared and where renewal and spiritual refreshment can be experienced.in a holistic way.
It involves a commitment for a substantial but finite period, to share our story, encourage one another in ministry, wrestle together with issues we face and encounter God though time with Him and one another.
To be involved means giving priority to all the gatherings in the whole cycle. There is no scope for partial commitment as the process requires full participation to all aspects of the cycle.
Facilitation of the groups is by pastors who have been involved in at least one Retreat cycle.
Part of phase 3 is to affirm one another and plan for the next retreat cycle. It is anticipated that the group will divide and multiply so that others can be invited to join in.
There are Renewal Retreat Groups for Men employed in ministry; Women employed in ministry and Pastors’ spouses (women).
Increasingly we are discovering that the traditional format does not work for all. Various facilitators are exploring new ways of retreating together including some more active options than has traditionally occurred.