Clergy Mini-Sabbaticals - One Day Retreats - Colorado

by Rev. Elizabeth Denham Thompson
(Denver, Colorado)

Retreat Participants walking a Labyrinth

Retreat Participants walking a Labyrinth

Retreat Participants walking a Labyrinth The altar we created as the retreat progressed Rev. Jane Anne Ferguson, facilitator and leader of Soul Journeys, UnLimited Rev. Elizabeth Denham Thompson, Clergy & Congregational Care Specialist with Eremos Consulting Group

Realizing that ministers often have shorter times available and need brief times of nurturing all through the year, two ministers have joined together to offer quarterly "mini-sabbaticals" as a way to bring a sabbatical day of renewal for clergy primarily in the Colorado & Rocky Mountain region. The mini-sabbaticals are offered 3-4 times a year, and one location in the Denver area allows a participant to extend from the mini-sabbatical for additional 24-hour silent retreats at a reasonable cost.

Here is an idea of how we think about and structure a Mini-Sabbatical.

As a minister you are being buffeted around by ...
Strategic plans, stewardship, sermons...
Buildings and bulletins and bedside visitation...
Meetings, meetings, meetings.....
Pesky parishioners and patients.....
Crazy co-workers ...

You are urging others toward a richer, fuller spiritual life. Yet you find little time to nourish your own.

Join Rev. Jane Anne Ferguson and Rev. Elizabeth Denham Thompson for one of the quarterly mini-sabbaticals designed to refresh and renew your spirit ... maybe even have a little time for play.

Using lectionary scriptures as the foundation for each day, the mini-sabbaticals include storytelling, silence, journaling, and creative activities. Sharing and eating together provide a full but spacious sabbatical day for ministers from a variety of settings.

To find out more about the facilitators, along with other Clergy and Congregational Care Services offered to ministers and congregations, please contact:
Rev. Elizabeth Denham Thompson

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