May 28, 2021
By Jeff Huett
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, in collaboration with CBF state and regional organizations across the Fellowship, are inviting pastors and staff ministers to gather for a time of rest and renewal with a community of their peers this summer.
The spiritual retreats are scheduled from mid-June to early September and are designed to offer opportunities for worship, spiritual practices, holy conversation with colleagues and time for quiet and rest. They will not include intense educational programming, content about things happening in CBF life or prognostications about post-pandemic church.
The retreats are $25 to attend, and the only other costs will be the cost of travel to get to the retreat center and for excursions with colleagues.
CBF Executive Coordinator Paul Baxley said the retreats are in response to the needs of pastors in these days.
“I have been constantly reminded of how isolating and exhausting this season has been for all of us,” Baxley said. “All of our congregations and their leaders demonstrated tremendous innovative agility in literally remaking ministries on several days’ notice, to move from in person congregational life to entirely virtual life. The months that have come and gone since have required constant innovation, courageous and faithful agility, and have been marked by challenges and demands unlike any we have seen in our lifetime.”
Our sense right now is that our greatest need is for rest, renewal and the gift of holy friendship with one another.”
For retreat dates, locations, contacts and to register, visit www.cbf.net/retreats.
CBF is a Christian network that helps people put their faith to practice through ministry efforts, global missions and a broad community of support. The Fellowship’s mission is to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission.