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A Time Away: A Retreat for NCCUMC Clergy

The Center for Leadership Excellence presents a retreat for NCCUMC clergy led by the Reverend Winston B. Charles…

April 24 @ 3:00 pm April 26 @ 1:00 pm


Because of a generous donation from a United Methodist lay person, this retreat is offered at a reduced cost.

77 Grogan Rd
Stoneville, NC 27048

Lent and Easter have been faithfully led. The storm clouds have parted a bit, allowing the sun’s rays to break through. The summer season beckons. Now is a good time to come away for rest and reflection and for the gift of resilience, to be together with one’s colleagues, to drink deeply from the well of living water. The time away at beautiful Saint Francis Springs Prayer Center will offer opportunity to disengage from the many demands of congregational ministry and to lean back and listen with the ears of the heart.

“In the stillness of the quiet, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair…”

Howard Thurman

This time together will offer rest for the weary, spaciousness for reflection, invitations into the Holy Presence, conversations with colleagues, all with an intention to reconnect with the life-giving presence of the Holy within us and among us. Please prayerfully consider joining this community of clergy for a time apart, a time together.

What’s Included: This retreat includes a single room and all meals from dinner Monday through lunch Wednesday.

Ready to claim your spot?

Drinking Deeply of the Living Water:
Rest, Reflection, and Resilience in the Midst of a Storm

Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.

John 4:6

We are sorry. This retreat has reached capacity.

If you’d like to be added to the waiting list, email us at cle@nccumc.org. In addition, we encourage you to check out our other clergy retreat, Finding Our Way: Forming Covenant Groups and Navigating Stress, Anxiety, and Alienation (May 23-24, 2023, at Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center).

About Rev. Winston Charles, Ph.D.

Winston B. Charles grew up attending St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Bennettsville, a small town in South Carolina.  He graduated from the University of the South (Sewanee) and Virginia Theological Seminary.  Ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1974, Winston served parishes in the Dioceses of South Carolina, New York, and North Carolina before retiring from parish ministry in 2008 after fifteen years as rector of Christ Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.  In midcourse, he earned a Ph.D. in Church History from Union Theological seminary in New York City. For more than a decade, he has been involved in many ways with the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, which for fifty years has been reclaiming the Christian tradition of contemplative prayer and spirituality, teaching how to live and lead from the Spiritual Heart.  Winston and Judy live in Raleigh enjoying the beauty of the Carolinas.