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Retreat, Re-center, and Recharge at the Gathering of Silence Retreat

You're invited to the Gathering of Silence Retreat on October 4-7, 2021

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We never anticipated a global pandemic. We never anticipated the toll it would take in lives. We also could not anticipate the emotional, physical, and spiritual toll it would take on pastors. Some have done remarkably well and adapted creatively and brilliantly, while others have not. All have had to navigate an entirely new paradigm of ministry. Many are worn out!

Jesus’ words are critical for pastors today: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls,” Matthew 11:28029 (NIV). This may be the most important time for BGAV pastors to exercise self-care than we have seen in a generation! The Gathering of Silence is one small resource to help with this. For 72 hours, we will gather at Crossroads Camp and Conference Center for a time of resting, refreshing, and reflecting.

This year's Gathering of Silence Retreat will take place October 4-7, 2021, at CrossRoads Camp & Conference Center in Lowesville, VA. We hope you will join us during this dedicated time to retreat, re-center, and recharge with other pastors and ministry leaders.

Churches should seriously consider sponsoring their pastor to attend this essential retreat. It is a small price to pay to give the one they count on for spiritual leadership a respite and rejuvenation with the Lord. Pastors, even if your church does not sponsor you, please consider using a portion of your allotted convention time/funds and join us for this necessary rest.

Attendees will arrive at lunch time Monday, October 4, and - being a time of silence - our meals are silent as are our daytime hours. Thematic reflection materials will be given to participants to use throughout their time of silence whether on the hiking trails, perched upon the mountain, or enjoying the mountain stream in our exquisite surroundings. There are off-site opportunities for golfing, fishing, or more hiking. An optional time of conversation around self-care and meditative reflections is available each evening 7:00-9:00pm. One-on-one coaching sessions are also offered to those in attendance. Our time concludes with lunch Thursday, where there is often much laughter and reflection and networking.

For more information and to register for this year's retreat, visit http://www.crossroadscamp.com/events/gathering-of-silence/.