The Christian Education Programs at Gammon Theological Seminary hosted eight retreats in five months. On February 18th of this year, I implemented a series of eight retreats, designed to equip, and educate, faithful and creative leaders, to enhance their call to ministry. Our participants were students, clergy, laity, and the community; regardless of faith preference, everyone was welcome.
The Clergy Retreat: Renew, Refresh and Reconnect, offered workshops titled: Remembering Your Call and Who Called You, Reconciling Broken Communities, and Building Bridges Together Church and Community to name a few. These workshops challenged the participants to revisit their call, and to do it often. One of the workshops leaders used storytelling, symbols, and images to help people remember their call.
The Spiritual Retreat: Pathway to Physical, Mental and Spiritual Renewal, focused on the body, mind, and spirit. One of the workshop leaders provided different ways to preserve ourselves despite the obstacles we deal with in our everyday lives.
The Writers Retreat: Gifted Hands and Gifted Minds allowed participants to dig deeper and share their stories, while also, reminding them that our stories are someone else's healing. The participants were challenged to find a place and time to write without interruptions.
The retreats were three to four days long, with a diverse group of professional workshop leaders who shared a wealth of knowledge at each workshop. If you missed out on attending our 2019 retreats, by popular demand they will be back in 2020! Please visit our website under Christian Education to keep informed. http://www.gammon-itc.org/christian-education.html.
Grace and Peace,
Minister Bennefield, M.Div.