Renewal Retreats are groups of 8-9 ministry practitioners, covenanting to meet together in a particular way.
The retreats are built on a commitment over a two-year cycle. The cycle begins with a three-day retreat followed by two further, similar retreats, 12 months apart. These annual retreats are interspersed with two 24-hour mini retreats, each one roughly halfway between the annual gatherings.
The ‘cycle’ is as follows:
- July Year 1 – Phase 1 – three day retreat
- Feb Year 2 – 24 hour retreat
- July Year 2 – Phase 2 – three day retreat
- Feb Year 3 – 24 hour retreat
- July Year 3 – Phase 3 – three day retreat
The “philosophy” behind these retreats is “being there 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 can be experienced in a holistic way.
It involves a commitment to journey with one another as pastors through a substantial but finite period, to share our story and encourage one another in ministry.
To be involved means giving priority to all the gatherings in the whole cycle – commitment means priority, with no scope for partial participation. The nature of the group process requires that.
Facilitation of the groups is done by pastors who have been involved in at least one Retreat cycle.
Part of phase 3 is to affirm and appoint facilitators from among the retreat participants. Another aspect of phase 3 is to divide and multiply so that others can be invited into a new Retreat cycle.