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

Fall Mini Sabbaticals

  • October 23-25, 2016

“Once again I took my annual sabbatical to Sandy Cove in North East, MD. First, the city of North East is quiet and beautiful and more importantly the people are friendly. The town seems to echo the spiritual peace you experience once you are on the grounds of Sandy Cove. My friend and I ate lunch after a relatively short drive, at the Steak & Main which is on Main Street. The Sushi was delicious and fresh. The owner even sat with us and chatted. Remember friendly?? Steak & Main is one of the better restaurants in town and it was open on Sunday (Valentine’s Day). Second, when we arrived at Sandy Cove a sense of well being and peace immediately enveloped me. The visitors and staff at Sandy Cove are genuinely interested in who you are. And more importantly the Sandy Cove staff seem to go out of their way to please you. The tradition of keeping the fireplaces burning as long as you sit next to them continues. It is unexplainable how it makes me feel to sit next to a fireplace and I don’t have to lift a finger to keep the fire going. Hmmm, I guess cared for is the closest explanation/description for the feeling. I recommend anyone who wants to get away and unplug from “the grind and the grid” to spend some time in North East, Maryland, at Sandy Cove Retreat Center. It’s a healing experience.” Trip Advisor Review-2016

“A number of women from the Fellowship of Women Clergy decided to take advantage of the mini sabbatical opportunity at Sandy Cove. We greatly needed the rest and the time with the Lord. Thanks for providing us with a welcoming atmosphere, good accommodations, a workbook, reading material, and fantastic service. We were blessed during our time at Sandy Cove!”


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

“I needed to get away from the hustle and bustle and just be in a place not far from home, but with an atmosphere for rest, relaxation, serenity, and the presence of God. I found it there. The hotel sits on the Bay and Adirondack chairs line across the hill. I sat for hours, fell asleep, and woke up to a beautiful sunset over the bay it was magical. There are fresh prepared meals, a Chapel, pools, campground, meeting and conference rooms, a small media center(book store) walking trail. My sabbatical was the best. Lots of things for families/kids to do as well.” Trip Advisor review, 2016

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 traveling or research.


$209 per person

Special Discounted Rate

Summer/Fall Rates
$169 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

Treat yourself to an upgraded room!
Ask about beautiful bay view rooms and 2 room suites – a few with Jacuzzis!
Upgraded charge is per room, not per person

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!