Pastors and others in full-time Christian ministry have challenging responsibilities that can be spiritually and emotionally draining. Time away from ministry—and away from home—is an important tool for recharging the batteries and regaining perspective.
That time can be hard to come by, however. Most pastors earn a modest salary, and many are bivocational.
As a preacher’s kid myself, I recall most of our family “vacations” were really trips to visit relatives. In time, my parents were able to save up for a camping trailer so we could get away for a day or two into the woods of Northern Michigan. I believe those family retreats enabled my father to weather the demands of pastoral life.
I learned from Dad’s example, and I make it a point to plan weekend (or, in our case, weekday) getaways with Heather at least three or four times per year. Time away really clears the head, centers the spirit, and helps us reconnect with each other and God’s vision for our life and ministry.
Here is a list of Christian ministries that offer guest, retreat, or vacation accommodations for those in ministry. Some are simply guest houses, others are full-blown conference centers, and a few offer counseling and or other therapeutic services. A few of them are free for clergy.
I’ve done my best to present accurate information, but I make not guarantee that it is either correct or current. Contact the ministries themselves to confirm details. Be sure to identify yourself as a pastor or full-time Christian servant.
Hopefully, you enjoy a few days away to rest and rekindle your passion for ministry.
39451 Comptche Ukiah Rd,
Mendocino, CA 95460
Contact Jerry and Pat Westfall
Pinecrest Christian Conference Center
1140 Pinecrest Rd., P.O. Box 409, Twin Peaks, CA 92391
Contact Doug Schlemmer, Director
P.O. Box 437, 18651 Pine Canyon Rd., Lake Hughes, CA 93532
Contact Paul Crockett, director of guest relations
Eagles Nest Retreat
P.O. Box 1165; Ouray, CO 81427
Contact Dr. and Mrs. (Kay) John Gowins, Directors
181 Bannockburn, Marble, CO 81623
Rocky Mountain Renewal
3115 Castle Woods Ln, Dubuque, IA 52001
Rancho Mira Sol, 4425 CR 228, Durango, CO 81301
Rio Grande/Living Water, Creede, CO 81130
Contact Gail Formby, Assistant Ministry Coordinator, Dubuque, IA
Shining Mountain Ranch
PO Box 926, Westcliffe, CO 81252
Contact Glenn and Doreen Seibel, Owners
14520 Perdido Key Dr, Pensacola, FL 32507
Contact Rev. Mike or Dr. Sharon Hill
7969 Restoration Rd., Blairsville, GA 30512
Contact Joann Earl, host and founder
8173 Davison Road, Oldenburg, IN 47036
Adorable Maine Getaway
466 Lewis Rd., Harrison, ME 04040
Email: Naphtali Maynard
P.O. Box 587, Richland, MI 49083
Contact Steve Maybee, care coordinator
Fa-Ho-Lo Camp and Conference Center
Assemblies of God Michigan District
3000 Mount Hope Road, Grass Lake, MI 49240
Little House in the Hollow
119 White Ash Rd., Highlandville, MO 65669
Contact Paul and Naomi Rees, Owners
PO Box 447, Glasgow, MT 59230
Contact Alan Pine, Director (PO Box 20, St. Marie, MT 59231; 406-524-3700)
The Marie House
202 Broadway, Naponee, NE 68960
Contact Pastor Duane Lauber
NEW MEXICO (Top)
Glorieta Conference Center
11 State Rd. 50, Glorieta, NM 87535 (near Santa Fe)
NEW YORK (Top)
NORTH CAROLINA (Top)
720 S. Chimney Rock Rd., Greesboro, NC 27409
Email Lou Ouradnik
Pastor’s Retreat in a Private Home
2445 Windingbrook Dr., Kannapolis, NC 28083
2010 Midland Rd., Southern Pines, NC 28387
Contact Rev. David Hicks
Mohican Valley Camp and Canoe
3069 State Route 3, Loudonville, OH 44842
419-994-5204 or 800-682-2663
Contact Rev. Sheila Bechtel, Overseer
Ridgecrest Conference Center PO Box 128, Ridgecrest, NC 28770 (near Asheville) 800-588-7222 $$
Christian Renewal Center
22444 North Fork Rd. SE, Silverton, OR 97381
P.O. Box 311, Franklin, PA 16323
Contact Rich Tygert, Administrator
WEST VIRGINIA (Top)
Laurel Ridge Cabins
64 Laurel Cabin Dr., Mt. Nebo, WV 26679
Contact Darren and Lori Green
Ministries Resource Center, Inc.
14190 Barker Hollow Rd., Woodman, WI 53827
608-988-4326 or 608-988-4649
Contact Rev. Gerald and Alita Robertson, executive program director
Christian Hospitality Network
A network of over 900 national and international participating lodging
Office: PO Box 12303, Knoxville, TN 37912 (office)
Contact Paul Cowell, founder
Life Impact Ministries
Serving pastors and missionaries at sites in Oregon, South Dakota, Brazil, Costa Rica, Italy, and Slovakia.
See Web site for contact information and services by site.
Pastors Retreat Network
PO Box 180455, Delafield, WI 53018-0455
PastorCare: The National Clergy Support Network
P.O. Box 52044, Raleigh, NC 27612
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