Focus on the Family publishes a Pastoral Care Directory each year in which a number of retreat facilities, getaways, etc. are listed. Many of these organizations offer conferences and weekend retreats with a variety of styles and objectives. You can find this information on this Web site, or you can call our toll-free Pastoral Care Line at (877) 233-4455.
There is also a Web site for John Maxwell's ministry, Injoy. Listed there also are a number of facilities, organizations, etc. that relate to pastoral support. Their site is found at www.injoy.com.
A ministry based in Dallas, Texas, called Leadership Network also tries to keep up with pastoral conferences that are offered around the country. Their web site is www.leadnet.org or you may call them at (800) 765-5323. Outside the U.S. you may dial (214) 969-5950.
Ever feel like you need to wear a mask to cover up who you are? Are you concerned that, if people knew who you really are and how you really felt, they wouldn't understand?
One minister, two jobs and the family that's at the top of the list. The number of bivocational ministers, those in full- or part-time ministry who carry an additional job, is estimated by some researchers to be as high as 30 percent of ministers nationwide.
"You should see the church they attend," Lucille said, armed with bulletin and newsletter. Creases formed across my brow as celebration gave way to comparisons a trap that had sprung too many times.