You are invited to spend time near the healing power of the water and leave with a plan for nearly six months worth of sermons…during the Preaching WELL Retreat, April 30 – May 2, at the Trinity Center in Pine Knoll Shores, NC, presented by the Center for Leadership Excellence.
Register by February 28 to receive an early bird discount!
Who is invited? Any clergyperson who is interested in a time apart to drink from a spiritual well, retreat with colleagues, and plan sermons and series based on the liturgical calendar.
Is this the same as the Preaching Festival? It’s not! In past years, the Academy for Leadership Excellence presented the NC Preaching Festivals, which were wonderful, inspirational events. This year, the Advisory Team and Center for Leadership Excellence will use a model that pushes beyond inspiration. Preaching WELL will offer a more intimate setting (enrollment is limited!) and will combine excellent preaching with time to reflect and collaborate to develop plans for sermons.
What will we do? Rest. Breathe. Pray. Listen. Read. Reflect. Collaborate. Create.
The retreat is intended to provide a transformational time away with worship, workshops, and a tangible product of collaboration. Inspirational preaching and workshops will serve to focus thoughts and imaginations on particular liturgical seasons (namely Advent, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter). These sessions will include time to read and reflect on lectionary scriptures, generate ideas in small groups, and report back on the best ideas generated during collaborative planning. Sessions will also include a focus on art in worship, with opportunities to reflect on scripture through art and a special session on incorporating the arts in worship services.
What does it cost? Registration is all-inclusive, including two nights at the Trinity Center*, meals, and the cost of the event. For those who live close enough to commute, we are offering a commuter rate that includes meals and parking.
Price for Shared Room: $259 (or $234 if you register by Feb 28!)
Price for Single Room: $299 (or $274 if you register by Feb 28!)
Price for Commuters: $165 (or $140 if you register by Feb 28!)
*Space is limited at the Trinity Center. Once rooms are full, additional registrants will be housed at a nearby hotel and the price for a single room will increase to $349 (shared rooms will remain at $259). Register early to ensure the lowest price!
Note: Continuing education funding may be requested for this retreat.
Who will be there? You! (we hope)
In addition, we have invited Jeremy Troxler to serve as a preacher and workshop leader to guide our time together. Jeremy is pastor of Spruce Pine United Methodist Church in the Western North Carolina Conference. He is the former director of the Thriving Rural Communities Initiative at Duke Divinity School, and is a recent contributor to the book, Mentoring for Ministry: The Grace of Growing Pastors.