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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…

Rest…
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.

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

Recharge…
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 Winter Mini Sabbaticals

  • February 15-17, 2015


FREE EXTRA for February only – no added cost!

Jamin Goggin, Pastor of Spiritual Formation & Retreats from Saddleback Church in California and co-author of Beloved Dust, will be at Sandy Cove on Monday, February 16 to lead two sessions that include teaching moments and prayer exercises.

Beloved Dust Rest: Life in God

Life in ministry is often quite restless. As ministry leaders we often embrace a frenetic rhythm of life in which we are constantly on the go, getting things done and making things happen. We feel fatigued, perhaps burned out. We are in need of rest. Unfortunately, we often embrace our cultures definition of rest as escape. We search for ways to detach from real life. The truth is God’s definition of rest is altogether different. Rest is not about detachment, but about attachment. In fact, God invites us to rest our soul in Him, such that the way in which we approach our work is transformed.

FREE copy of Jamin’s book to everyone who comes!
more about Jamin


2015 Spring/Summer Mini Sabbaticals

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

410.287.5433
800.234.2683

Schedule subject to change

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

Sunday
4:00 pm Check in to Guest Rooms

Monday
8 am Breakfast
12 pm Lunch
5:30 Dinner

Tuesday
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

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.

Pricing/Packages

$205 per person

Special Discounted Rate

Fall/Winter Rates
$159 per person – whatever occupancy you choose, based on availability
Includes 2 nights lodging, 3 meals on Monday, Tuesday breakfast, all available activities

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.