Clergy Retreat 2020

Clergy Retreat – October 5-7, 2020 at Sacramento

The Board of Ordained Ministry will cover the cost of registration, lodging and meals for all participants.  Get yourself to the camp and let God refresh your soul. This year, more than any in recent memory, is THE year for clergy colleagues to gather together.  See below for topic and guest speaker.

To register and arrange overnight accommodations, please call Sacramento at (575) 687-3414.

Rest & Renewal 360 Retreat – October 7-9, 2020 at Sacramento

The Rest and Renewal 360 Retreat for Clergy is designed to encourage clergy to explore methods in which they can seek respite and renewal in an on-going and intentional way. Throughout the retreat, participants will have the opportunity to participate in individual work, workshops, and other optional activities that will be led by professionals in the field to best understand the topics of rest, renewal, and retreat.

The cost is free but registration is limited! Contact Rev. Dr. Kelly Jackson Brooks with questions and to register for attendance.Kellyannettebrooks@gmail.com  505.550.9536

Clergy Retreat Topic – HEALTHY CONGREGATIONS

The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center provides a variety of programs in Christian peacemaking to churches, schools, and community groups. Healthy Congregations is a workshop designed by Peter Steinke, author of the books How Your Church Family Works: Understanding Congregations as Emotional Systems and Healthy Congregations: A Systems Approach. A key concept at the heart of Healthy Congregations is “self-differentiation,” people’s capacity to calmly articulate what they think and value, and to act on that basis, while staying in active relationship with those who disagree.

In our clergy retreat session, Rev. Jay Wittmeyer will help us focus on the following topics: What is systems thinking? How do healthy congregations respond to anxiety and manage conflict? How do leaders challenge people and promote health through their presence?

Rev. Jay Wittmeyer

Rev. Jay Wittmeyer is the Executive Director of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center in Lombard, IL. The LMPC seeks to proclaim Christ’s good news, the gospel of peace and justice, and to be active in the sacred ministry of reconciliation.  Rev. Wittmeyer has also served as the Executive Director of Global Mission and Service with the Church of the Brethren, which is headquartered in Elgin, IL. His primary responsibilities there involved the supervision of staff members in Brethren Disaster Ministries and Material Resources, Brethren Volunteer Service, the Global Food Initiative, and the Office of Peacebuilding and Policy. During the 11 years that he spent at this position, Rev. Wittmeyer also traveled frequently around the globe, working with both new and established churches on several continents. Among the countries in which he has worked to promote peace and the Good News of Christ are Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Spain, Rwanda, Nigeria, Venezuela, Brazil, India, and North Korea.  From 2004-2006, Rev. Wittmeyer served as the Assistant Director for the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center and rejoined the staff again in January 2020 as Executive Director.