Retreat Venues for Pastors and their Spouses | July Newsletter 2024

Shepherds’ Haven of Rest Ministries

Shepherds’ Haven of Rest Ministries is a familiar name to church leaders who have been refreshed from the ministry of spiritual help and encouragement they provided. They have faithfully served church leaders (including pastors, staff members, missionaries and their wives). Review the following SHOR list of retreat venues that offer a place for pastors and staff to relax and recharge.

These are on Luke 9:23 Ministries website: You would need to personally contact each of them to see what they would do to work with you.

Chalet Retreat Ministries The primary mission of Chalet Retreat Ministry is to provide rest for weary and burdened souls. Chalet Ministry is a retreat center located in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee. For 40 years, we have been serving pastors, missionaries, and Christians in every walk of life for personal and family retreats. We offer the ideal setting to escape the daily stress of your busy life in a panorama of God’s beautiful creation; a space to get away from all the demands of ministry and life and find rest. At the heart of Chalet Retreat is the desire to bring encouragement to those in ministry, to those serving in missions, and to Christians in every walk of life who seek to be strengthened and renewed for the tasks to which God has called them. We also offer counseling for those who request it. Located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of East Tennessee, we currently have six chalets that sleep from 1 – 7 people. We can also accommodate groups and have a small conference room available. For those that request it, we offer counseling with a professional counselor. If you are looking for a place to rest, recharge, and refocus, this is it. Chalet Retreat is a 501c3 ministry and for that reason, fees are kept as low as possible to make it affordable to those it serves. Donations from churches, businesses, and individuals make this possible. Roan Mountain, Tennessee

Elijah’s Harbor is a place to come and get renewed physically, emotionally and spiritually. We offer pastors a break from the welcomed burden that comes with leading a church. Leaders are shown new methods and principles to help them grow in a safe, challenging environment. Couples can relax and renew their marriage commitment under the counseling of qualified mentors. Youth groups have access to the 200-acre property filled with activities to challenge and inspire them in their faith and Christian Walk. Each day in the Christian Life Center world-class teachers, counselors and life coaches conduct workshops and personal mentoring for our guests. Elijah’s Harbor has 3-, 4- and 5-bedroom guest homes, as well as a carriage house and rooms available in the mansion. We’d love to have you! Greeneville, TN

The Broom Tree Refuge The services of the refuge are available to all Christian workers involved in Christian ministry – regardless of mission or church affiliation. Recognizing that often those in ministry are not always well supported financially, Broom Tree has no set fees. It is operated on a donation basis according to whatever guests can afford to contribute toward the cost of their stay. No one is refused a stay based upon an inability to pay. Gifts from churches, organizations and individuals toward operating expenses are gratefully received. There are two “cabins” for guests. One is a modern 3 bedroom, two bath building. The second is a modern 1 bedroom, one bath with a large loft. Both are in secluded wooded areas and are fully equipped. (870) 591-6204
Located: Mountain View, AR

Shepherd’s Refuge Serving those who serve in ministry. Established in 2003, Shepherd’s Refuge is a non-denominational, non-profit ministry dedicated to serving the needs of Vocational/Bi-Vocational Christian Pastors, full-time Church staff in a leadership positions, full-time Christian ministry staff in a leadership position, and Missionaries. PREVENT BURN-OUT: The focus of our ministry is to provide our guests a relaxing environment, free from the demands of everyday life. Located in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains, Shepherd’s Refuge provides an opportunity to those in ministry to:

  • Renew their vision
  • Find spiritual refreshment and healing
  • Deepen marriage relationships
  • Regain physical strength

The beneficiaries from a visit at Shepherd’s Refuge are not only our guests, but their renewed strength carries over into the congregation and community they serve. Located: Dahlonega, GA

A Quiet Place A Quiet Place, Inc. (AQP), a rest and renewal retreat center for couples or singles in full time Christian ministry, is an independent, non-denominational, nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. Surrounded by over 100 acres of timber and rolling hills, the four-bedroom log home located near Lancaster, Kentucky, provides a peaceful setting for our guests to experience rest and renewal. The five-day sabbatical, beginning Sunday evening and continuing through Friday morning, is offered free of charge to our guests. AQP can provide up to four couples or singles each week a place of refuge and rejuvenation—a place where they can relax and be still as they draw close to God. After guests have completed the Application for Sabbatical and have signed the Statement of Faith, they will receive a guest information packet about their stay. During the week, guests will enjoy a leisurely-paced self-directed program that blends self-study, group discussion, relaxation, and solitude to nurture and strengthen each individual and his/her relationship with Jesus Christ. 
Located: Bryantsville, KY

Abbie Lane Retreat While wonderfully rewarding, a life in the ministry can be tough. The long hours and personal and family sacrifices that ministers make to care for the church and its members can take a toll. Abbie Lane exists to provide a free, quiet, comfortable space for ministers to be alone with God. It is a place designed for those seeking to renew their spirits and do business with God. The retreat is specifically meant to be used by ministers seeking spiritual renewal, proactive self-care, burnout recovery, crisis intervention, and deliverance from spiritual strongholds.

Accommodation duration can be customized to fit the needs of the guest. Brief respites can be arranged for ministers that wish to utilize the space for shorter periods. Longer term sabbaticals can be arranged for anyone requiring a more intensive experience. Stays of up to three months are permitted.

These free-of-cost marital retreats are typically short in duration, though the exact number of days spent can be determined during registration .If your family is living a life in the professional ministry – and you believe a retreat would benefit your marriage, family, and relationship with God, please contact us. We would love to bless you with a beautiful space and spiritual encouragement.

Leading a church requires the hard work and dedication of the entire church leadership team. Regular leadership meetings are a great opportunity to seek God’s will together and define goals and direction. Abbie Lane offers comfortable retreat accommodations for teams, with space for five adults or couples (currently) and plans to develop more group space in the future. The Raven’s Nest main house offers a communal space to fellowship and eat meals. The 80+ acres of land upon which Abbie Lane sits are open for exploration and offer a wonderful opportunity for any team member or the group to commune with God.
Located: Coushatta, LA

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