Friday, September 29, 2006

Pastor Retreat Network

Founded in 1997, Pastors Retreat Network offers five-day retreats to pastors and pastor couples. Our programs balance solitude and community time. Scripture reading and meditation are at the heart of the experience.

Pastor Retreat Network’s strategy
flows out of a profound vision:

To glorify God and build His kingdom by strengthening Christian pastors for better ministry to the people they lead.

We do this by providing a self-directed and Christ-centered retreat experience, where God prompts Christian pastors to feel His presence, discern His will and follow His leading. These spiritually strengthened pastors will be empowered by God to transform their ministries and build His kingdom.

The concept is both simple and profound: Invite pastors and their spouses on five-day retreats in beautiful settings. There, they can focus completely on their relationship with God and their relationship with each other.

The absence of phones, television, calendars, and the demands of daily living help our guests rest, reflect, pray, seek God, and remember the reason they entered ministry. Here the redeeming love of Christ and His faithful work through them becomes clearer. This reality ignites a passionate response to God and a desire to make Him known.

Conversations with other pastors from across denominational lines open new areas of communication and become a forum for sharing "best practices." Deep, long-term friendships often take root in this safe, anonymous community.

Pastors Retreat Network is received by the IRS as a continuing education program. Our guests can attend free of charge without tax penalty, if they are involved in program activities 4-6 hours daily. While fully meeting the IRS guidelines, our programs also allow large blocks of unstructured time and freedom from daily responsibilities.

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Monday, September 25, 2006

RESOURCE ~ Eight Ways to Grow a Great Soul



Eight Ways to Grow a Great Soul

To cultivate an effective, fulfilling ministry, let’s get specific about how to grow a great soul. Try to view spiritual fitness as more than a high-octane spiritual additive to be poured into the details of ministry. Think of growing a great soul as nothing more or nothing less than an authentic Christian life—normal, whole, well adjusted and Jesus-focused—that is lived as God intends us to live.

The following section provides eight practical ways to grow a great soul. Note, however, that because spiritual growth can come from any activity or action that draws us nearer to God, this list is not exhaustive.===>Click headline to access the complete exerpt . . .


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RETREAT to Northern CA


The Ministry at Genesee Home

The primary ministry of Genesee Home is to provide an environment where Pastors and their spouses can break away from their normal daily routine and retreat to a wilderness setting free from the distractions of ministry. Below is a current description of the ministry program offered by Genesee Home.

A visit to Genesee Home is an opportunity for the Holy Spirit to minister to Pastors and their spouses. In addition to giving you a beautiful space and uninterrupted time for the work of the Holy Spirit we offer the following resources::

  • Quiet time to be in the presence of God
  • Uninterrupted time with their spouse
  • Opportunities to be inspired by God regarding your ministry, personal walk, calling, etc.
  • Prayer time, both individually, as couples, and with other Pastors and spouses
  • Time in the Word
  • Time to just relax and let go
  • Reading time (many resources are provided)
  • Opportunity to fellowship over dinner and throughout the evening with our host couple and other Pastors and spouses.
  • Guided discussions on marriage, family and ministry
  • Opportunities for recreation on the ranch are available
  • We ask that you observe a fast from most electronic media such as cell phones, faxes, computers and the internet.
  • Encouragement, a listening ear, prayer, and Spiritual Direction as need with our Host Couple.

We do not provide the following:

  • Professional counseling
  • Therapy sessions

In His Grip,
Charley & Bev Blom
Directors, Genesee Home, 7202 Genesee Rd, Taylorsville, CA 96983
530-284-1082
FAX: 530-284-1083
www.geneseehome.org
ministrydirector@geneseehome.org


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Ponder, then Pray . . .

"Spiritual growth,

in a sense,


is simply increasing our capacity

to experience the presence of God."


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Monday, September 18, 2006

Pray through the Four Stages of a Pastor's Ministry

The 4 Stages of a Pastor's Ministry

These four stages can provide helpful understanding and guidance throughout your life as a pastor. Be sure to download the free chart which includes calling issues, sources of help, educational challenges, major concerns, personal issues, and dangers for each stage.

===>Click headline to use the article as a template for prayer ... to pray backward and give thanks, to look inward and ask for wisdom, to look forward to discern His preferred future for your ministry . . .



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Friday, September 08, 2006

A Leader's Prayer Life

A leader's prayer life

by Rick Warren


If you can't ask God to make you a success at what you're doing, you should be doing something else.

Rick Warren

You can learn a lot about a person by the kind of prayer he prays. For instance, a selfish prayer indicates a selfish spirit. Have you ever heard a prayer that sounds like a Christmas list – I want this, and I want that? Some people try to impress you with their prayers, yet they come off as arrogant and prideful.

For leaders, there’s a model prayer in the first chapter of the book of Nehemiah. Remember Nehemiah? When he first heard about the downfall of Jerusalem, he prayed for four months.

This was not just a casual prayer. It gives us a pattern for successful praying. If you want to know how to pray, you should study the book of Nehemiah – particularly this prayer.

Here are four secrets to answered prayer from the life of Nehemiah: ===>Click headline to access complete article . . .

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Monday, September 04, 2006

RETREAT to SW Mich!gan

The Lodge in fall

Pastor's Retreat at The Lodge (an outreach of Life Action Ministries)
Beautifully situated on the St. Joseph River in scenic southwest Michigan . . . Tucked away beside pristine woodlands and beneath ever-changing nort
hern skies . . . Eighty-two acres of ground dedicated to on purpose: drawing your heart to the Holy One and to His purposes.
*Contact person – Ron Evans or Jim Bever
*Website – http://www.RetreatAtTheLodge.org
*Email – Info@RetreatAtTheLodge.org

*Why is this a good retreat destination? The Lodge is a perfect place to come away and regain perspective, vision, and victory. Our multiple meeting rooms, beautiful facilities, and immaculate housekeeping will envelop you in luxury while you regroup. This is the perfect locale for pastors’ retreats, marriage seminars, staff outings, or leadership functions. We will cater to your small group, and our chef is famous for dishes which will delight every palate!

*Any special programs/offers for pastors? The Lodge provides 5-day and 10-day Pastors Retreats. Ministers experience incredible ministry complexity and face unprecedented personal challenges. Their wives can feel alienated, friendless, hurt and afraid to open up. Pastors and their spouses need safe places-opportunities to be transparent; away from life lived “in a glass house.” The Lodge provides just such an environment: a peaceful setting for pastors and their wives to gain new perspective in a world clamoring for their attention. The Lodge is a sanctuary for sanity in a relentless world. (Scholarships are available for pastors)

*Anything that makes your center unique? Group sessions are facilitated by a “pastors’ pastor,” a seasoned veteran of full-time Christian service who has a heart for a minister’s unique struggles. Each retreat includes Spirit-led worship, devotionals, encouragement, prayer, and plenty of time for personal reflection.

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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Spiritual Pathways ~ Discovering your soul's path to God

Spiritual Pathways ~ Discovering your soul's path to God

A Day Retreat at Descanso Gardens

A day gathering of friends, laughing, wondering, exploring, praying, and enjoying their way deeper into God's heart

Join us at the beautiful Descanso Gardens as we explore various paths that help us meet God and receive His refreshment. Our theme is taken from the book by Gary Thomas, called Sacred Pathways. Retreat hosted by the Prayer Command Post and faciliated by Lynn Heatley and Fawn Parish

Saturday, September 30, 2006
9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.*
@ Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Dr. La Canada Flintridge
Cost $35 per person ($45 at door)**
Space is limited to the first 40 who register
You can arrive earlier and stroll the beautiful gardens as early as 8:00 a.m.
Price includes the retreat, a catered lunch, access to the gardens and materials
Contact Lynn Heatley @ prayercntn@aol.com or click headline to access online registration . . .

To pay via mail, send your check of $35 (made payable to: Prayer Command Post) to:
Prayer Command Post
Attn: Descanso Retreat
PO Box 1853
Chino, CA 91708

(909) 591-1945

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Name:
Address:
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Email Address:
a confirmation will be sent to you in return.


Book: "Sacred Pathways" by Gary Thomas

We were created to love God and have a relationship with Him. Sacred Pathways describes the way we relate to God, how we draw near to him. Do we have just one pathway? Not necessarily. Most of us, however, will naturally have a certain predisposition for relating to God, which is our predominant spiritual temperament.

The aim of the retreat is to help people understand their own pathways that God has given them, along with bringing respect and understanding for those "different" pathways that aren't the same as our own.

Here is a very brief synopsis of The Nine Sacred Pathways


Naturalists-prefer to leave any building, however beautiful or austere, to pray to God in His various places of creation/nature. They are recharged in nature.

Sensates-want to be lost in the awe, beauty, and splendor of God. When these Christians worship, they want to be filled with sights, sounds, and smells that overwhelm them.

Traditionalists-fed by what are often termed the historic dimensions of faith; rituals, symbols, sacraments, and sacrifice. These Christians tend to have a disciplined life of faith. They have a need for ritual and structure.

Ascetics-want nothing more than to be left alone in prayer. Let there be nothing to distract them; no pictures, no loud music, and leave them alone to pray in silence and simplicity.

Activists-serve a God of justice, and their favorite Scripture is often the account of Jesus cleansing the temple. They define worship as standing against evil and calling sinners to repentance.

Caregivers-serve God by serving others. They often claim to see Christ in the poor and needy, and their faith is built up by interacting with other people.

Enthusiasts-excitement and mystery in worship is the spiritual lifeblood of enthusiasts. They are inspired by joyful celebration. These Christians are cheerleaders for God and the Christian life.

Contemplatives-refer to God as their lover, and images of a loving Father and Bridegroom predominate their view of God. The focus is not necessarily on serving God, doing his will, accomplishing great things in his name, or even obeying God. Rather, these Christians seek to love God with purest, deepest, and brightest love imaginable.

Intellectuals-they love God with their minds. They like to study the Bible and other books. They might think; if I am not learning anything new about God, then my relationship feels stagnant.


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