those who have been in ministry for more than five years,
especially those who have suffered a personally painful ministry
experience, or whose marriage is hurting, have the most to
gain. Our records of Retreat alumni reveal that stress, burnout,
depression, forced termination, marriage and family crises, and life-cycle transition
issues are the top reasons clergy couples choose to attend
a Retreat. Consequently, come with a willingness to learn
about yourself. Many alumni report in retrospect that the
Retreat was a positive life-altering experience personally
result of attending a MLC Pastors' Retreat is the special
gratification that comes from caring for God's valuable
human investment in the Church of Jesus Christ...you!
benefits are accomplished through the Mountain Learning
Center's unique approach to clergy care. The ministry couple
will participate in exploring their vital relationships
with God, self and others in four components:
the hidden stresses and emotional hazards of vocational
a safe place to share their burdens in an environment of
healing grace and affirmation with other clergy members.
and/or Couple Counseling:
a marriage "tune-up" and/or facilitates addressing
deeper complex issues that may be negatively affecting an
individual or couple in relational crisis.
Year of Quarterly Follow-up:
to leaving from the Retreat, each participant will prepare
a post-retreat plan for healthy growth that is based upon
the insights derived from the Lord during the eleven day Retreat.
On a quarterly basis for one year, Dr. Veenker will contact
each participant by telephone for encouragement and gracious
support in the ongoing revitalization process.
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