“This is the most relaxed I’ve felt in a long time.” I wrote those words in my prayer journal during our first Converge MidAmerica Pastors & Wives Retreat back in October 2016. My husband Sean and I had just enjoyed lunch together, followed by a leisurely walk along the city beach in New Buffalo. I collected a little jar of pebbles, fossils, and sea glass, which I’ve kept on my desk ever since to remind me of what I have to look forward to at the next retreat. So I’m excited to share that the next Pastors & Wives Retreat is planned for October 22–24, 2018! Accommodations will again be at the luxurious Harbor Grand & Marina Grand Resorts in New Buffalo, Michigan.
From the moment we entered the hotel lobby, Sean and I felt loved on, cared for, and appreciated by the Converge MidAmerica staff. The people at Converge Community Church showed radical generosity and hospitality to all the attendees. Speaker and author Dr. Gary Chapman was inspiring, encouraging, and fun-loving in the sessions he led. But what really set this apart from other retreats was the amount of time and space allowed for us to just relax and play as a couple.
Dr. James Ford Jr. will be our speaker this year. You’ve probably heard him on Moody Radio’s weekly program “Treasured Truth.” He and his wife Leslie have been married 46 years. Affectionately known as “the Love Doctor,” Pastor Ford’s unique way of blending funny, engaging stories with practical, doable advice will click with couples who desire to grow deeper in their love for Jesus and one another.
Registration for the retreat is now open, and space is limited, so make sure to reserve your place soon. If you’re a Converge MidAmerica senior pastor, associate pastor, youth pastor, or worship pastor, I want to encourage you to take advantage of this three-day, two-night getaway designed to encourage and refresh you and your spouse. It’s a meaningful way to nourish your relationship with Jesus and with each other. The cost of the retreat is $250 per couple, which includes hotel accommodations for two nights, plus activities and meals. It really is a fantastic bargain!
If you’re reading this as a member or lay leader in one of our Converge churches, let me suggest gifting your ministry couple with this time away. Give them the time off, pay the cost of the retreat and travel expenses, help them with child care, fill in for ministry commitments at church—do whatever you can to make it easy for them to get away for these three days. Your congregation will be stronger because of it.
Registration details are on the Converge MidAmerica website, or you can contact Wanda Manning for further information. We can’t wait to see you in New Buffalo this fall!