At Shepherd's Refuge, we provide a 'Secret Place' where spiritual leaders can escape the 'tyranny of the urgent' and pause to take a breath. In the secluded mountain setting, they are given a chance to renew their commitment that they saw and felt so clearly years before. They need moments to reflect to remember why they heeded this calling and how they can continue in their profession as spiritual mentors. At this private refuge, we give leaders the tools to be still and to do necessary soul maintenance to prevent the crisis of burnout.
There is a critical need for renewed vision and energy to assure leaders they can successfully return to their flock.
have experienced some form of burnout
have never taken a sabbatical
believe their pastoral ministry has negatively affected their families
of ministry spouses feel left out and unappreciated by their churches
report being extremely or highly stressed
fight depression and more than half that amount would leave the ministry if they could find another profession
do not meet regularly with an accountability person or group
of pastors do not take a regular day off