Recover Your Life

PCC Pastor Retreat planned for November.

Dear fellow pastors,

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out …?”

Eugene Peterson’s translation of Matthew 11:28-30 speaks to many of us these days, especially those who adhere to traditional theology.

The Lord says: “Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

That’s the invitation that went out on August 31 for PCC ministers and pastors to take part in a retreat at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga from Nov. 7-9. The gathering will be presented at no cost to participants. Generous travel subsidies will be available for those coming from a distance. Costs will be covered by Vaughan Community Church, Renewal Fellowship, and a special fundraising campaign. The retreat comes at a time when many pastors are feeling the weight of ministry like never before. It’s more than just pandemic weariness. A survey of ministers last summer found widespread fatigue, anxiety, and burnout.

When asked what pastors need, this is what we were told:

“I am emotionally broken and I need people who will come and sit with me in the dust. I do not think I am alone.”

“It does seem a little lonesome out here. Encouragement/inspiration would be high on my list, networking/sharing would be important as well.”

“I would greatly appreciate time to ‘fellowship’ with other pastors. It has been a long singular journey through COVID.”

“Personal renewal would be on my list of current needs… maybe because of feeling that my tank is close to empty…”

There is a clear desire/need for fellowship and sharing/inspiration. The retreat won’t be a time of heavy teaching or workshops. The planning team is hoping to provide a place where pastors can share their burdens with kindred souls – those who adhere to evangelical/conservative/orthodox/traditional theology. It will be an opportunity to grieve and lament, to talk face to face with colleagues outside their immediate circles for the first time since COVID and to be in touch with the holiness of God.

Expect worship, prayer, words of encouragement, discussion, times of silence, and listening ears. All of this will have a solid scriptural foundation. The goal is to open the door for renewal, peace, and shalom.

Space will be limited to 45. Participation will be open to anyone called as a PCC minister or employed as a pastor in a PCC congregation and ministry.

Registration via Eventbrite is now open!

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