During our time at SonScape, Carol and I enjoyed the beauty of Colorado. Since Denver is my hometown, I remarked to my cousin, Janet, that despite the fact I have not lived in Colorado for 50+ years, I did feel the pull of “home.”
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Carol and I attended a SonScape Retreat in Divide, Colorado April 4-11, 2019. SonScape Retreats offers 7-day retreats for pastors, missionaries, and those in ministry. The retreats are led by experienced ministry leaders whose passion is to enrich your intimacy with Jesus and help you find balance in your everyday life. SonScape believes healthy ministries are led by healthy leaders who have learned to follow the Jesus model of balancing work, worship, rest, and play. The retreats are designed for pastors, missionaries, and parachurch leaders seeking a retreat to deepen their walk with Jesus or to sort out the struggles of ministry life. They also serve those in the midst of crisis who need a safe place. SonScape offers something very different from a busy pastors’ conference with loads of information and a packed schedule. The retreats offer a welcoming atmosphere, engaging program, and relaxing schedule. The retreats are small in size, with only four couples in each session, so you receive personalized attention.
The topics covered during the retreat included:
- Intimacy with Jesus – Amid the pace and pressures of ministry has your personal intimacy with Jesus begun to wane? Regain your first love and keep your spiritual life alive and vibrant!
- Living as “You” in Ministry – Has ministry robbed you of your personality and passions? Rediscover the person God created you to be – and live passionately as that person!
- Wounds and Losses – Are the wounds and losses from your past weighing heavy on your life and ministry? The calling to ministry is a calling full of wounds and losses – let God heal and set you free!
- Biblical Ministry – Is your ministry based on biblical principles? Sound like a silly question? Rediscover the truth about your calling and who you really serve.
- Sabbath Rest – Do you enjoy the rich benefits of Sabbath rest? One of the secrets to a long, effective ministry lies in the biblical principle of Sabbath rest. Learn to come away with Jesus to a quiet place and get some rest!
- Audience of One – Who is your audience? Really? Learn to hear the One Voice amid the many voices demanding your time and attention. Renew your ministry by taking time to “Be still and know that I am God.”
Carol and I attended one of the retreats in 2011 and found it very insightful, encouraging, and beneficial. We thought it would be wise to get a refresher as we think about and prepare for the next decade of life and ministry.
SonScape devotional Day 7
You are headed home with new commitments to do life differently. The most normal reaction would be to go home and add your new list to the already overloaded existing list waiting for you. Don’t do it.
God is calling you to something deeper than a bigger “to do” list. He is calling you to deep change.
”Deep change differs from incremental change in that it requires new ways of thinking and behaving. It is change that is major in scope, discontinuous with the past and generally irreversible. The deep change effort distorts existing patterns of action and involves taking risks. Deep change means surrendering control.
Most of us build our identity around our knowledge and competence in employing certain known techniques or abilities. Making a deep change involves abandoning both and “walking naked into the land of uncertainty.” (Robert Quinn, Deep Change)
”Walking naked into the land of uncertainty!” Totally exposed to God. Totally exposed to yourself. Willing to face whatever obstacles may be to this new journey in the “real” world.
Let us remind you one last time: intimacy with God is the top priority. This being with God must come before everything else, and thus give expression to what you do. It is not your job to fix your world or even yourself when you go home—it is your job to find your “rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”
”Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.” (Psalm 91:1-2, NLT)
Frequent fliers are well acquainted with the safety spiel given by flight attendants. “In case of emergency, oxygen masks will drop from the overhead bin. Place yours on first before trying to help your children.”
As pastors, we must look to our own soul care before we can help others. Too many pastors are putting oxygen masks on other people while they themselves are passing out from lack of oxygen.
Devotional shared by Shini Abraham at SonScape
The nature of ministry is that you give and give and give. As a pastor, you minister to broken, hurting people. You lift up the fallen. You encourage the weary. You counsel the discouraged. You teach and invest in people’s lives. If you are not careful to rebuild, renew, and refresh yourself, you can easily give until you run dry and have nothing left to offer. A pastor needs a pastor.
The ministry of SonScape Retreats fills that need. They minister to pastors, missionaries, and those in ministry. Their 7-day retreats blend small group teaching, fellowship, personal counseling, rest, group meals, assessment, reflection, and sabbath with the goal of rekindling one’s passion for Christ and his church. The focus is on transformation rather than merely information. SonScape is built on the belief that the church is best led by healthy, rested leaders who draw their life, wisdom, and empowerment from intimacy with Christ.
Carol and I attended a SonScape retreat in 2011 and found it to be very helpful, insightful, and encouraging. The insight we gained led to some very significant midcourse corrections in our approach to life and ministry. As we look ahead to the next decade, we felt it was time for a refresher course. So we will be attending another SonScape retreat over the next week.