Mini Sabbatical for Ministry Leaders

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
~ Matthew 11:28

At Sandy Cove…

During a Mini Sabbatical, you’ll have time to think, pray and connect with God and each other in the beauty of His creation called Sandy Cove. Imagine…no rush, no schedule.

By yourself…with your spouse…or with another pastor or ministry leader in need of the same. No formal meetings or programs to attend.

This is a Spirit-directed time for you. Have your own prayer retreat. Catch up on your reading. Write a book! Organize a staff retreat or planning time. Work on sermon outlines.

Mini Sabbaticals to choose from:

Sunday night through Tuesday morning

2015 Spring/Summer Mini Sabbaticals

  • May 3-5, 2015
  • June 21-23, 2015

2015 Fall/Winter Mini Sabbaticals

  • September 13-15, 2015
  • October 11-13, 2015


Schedule subject to change

We have meals scheduled but the rest of your time is for you to determine…

4:00 pm Check in to Guest Rooms

8 am Breakfast
12 pm Lunch
5:30 Dinner

8 am Breakfast
10:00 Guest Room Check out

Free time on the grounds to think, pray & process – stay as long as you like!

What they're saying...

“Quiet time & fellowship with God and meeting new Christians was great! Awesome experience.”
– Vickie, Baltimore, MD

“It was so relaxing to come here and enjoy the view, fireplace and room.”
– Deb, Plymouth, PA

“A time of prayer, solitude and fellowship with other participants who were on the mini-sabbatical.” Auanita, New Castle, DE

“The quiet, peaceful atmosphere allowed plenty of time to connect and hear from God.”
– Lorraine, Christiana, PA

“Given time of rest and the quiet time alone with the Lord, to seek His face.”
– Barbara and Bruce, Philadelphia, PA

“I was able to relax with no interruptions while enjoying the view!”
– Sidney, White Plains, MD

“Sandy Cove…peaceful atmosphere, prayer room, numerous places to sit and read and reflect!” Sharon, Lansdowne, PA

What is a Sabbatical?

sabbatical (noun)
a period of time during which someone does not work at his or her regular job and is able to rest, travel, do research, etc. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

Sabbatical (from Latin sabbaticus, from Greek sabbatikos, from Hebrew shabbat, i.e., Sabbath, literally a “ceasing”) is a rest from work, or a break. The main Bible passage for sabbatical concepts is Genesis 2:2-3, in which God rested (literally, “ceased” from His labor) after creating the universe, and it is applied to people (Jew and Gentile, slave and free) and even to beasts of burden in one of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:8-11, reaffirmed in Deuteronomy 5:12-15). All agriculture was stopped during these periods, so even the land itself was given a Sabbath.

In recent times, “sabbatical” has come to mean any absence in the career of an individual. In the modern sense, one takes sabbatical typically to fulfill some goal, e.g., writing a book or travelling or research.


$205 per person

Special Discounted Rate

Spring/Summer Rates
$164 per person – whatever occupancy you choose, based on availability
Includes 2 nights lodging, 3 meals on Monday, Tuesday breakfast, all available activities

No other discounts apply

Wondering if you qualify as a pastor or ministry leader?

Don’t worry, we won’t be asking for ID. As a general rule you qualify if… you are a pastor of any kind (senior, associate, youth, worship, full-time or part-time), missionary, church staff, speaker or teacher, musician / worship leader, lay leader (women, men, children’s education, singles, couples, seniors, etc.), life group or Bible study leader, para-church organization staff … and the list goes on!

Modest swimsuits are required…baggy trunks for guys, one-piece for girls of all ages!

10% military discount for all program events for ALL military personnel.
This discount is available to any member of the armed forces, any branch and their immediate family members living in their household.