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/Winter Mini Sabbaticals

  • January 24-26, 2016 | ADDED VALUE! SEE BELOW
  • February 14-16, 2016

ADDED VALUE for January Mini Sabbatical

Weight Stripping
Most of us could probably afford to lose a few pounds, but the writer of Hebrews has much more in mind when he tells us in Hebrews 12 that we need to do some “weight stripping.” Session One will address stripping off some of the stuff that is hindering us from achieving optimum success in ministry. Some of the weight we carry has to do with stuff that is dumped on us by other people. In Session Two, we will talk about getting along with (or getting beyond) “the sinful people” the writer references in 12:3. In Session 3, we turn our attention to the future and examine the help the writer of Hebrews gives us in how to see the dreams God has placed within us become our reality.

David LeeSpeaker, David Lee
David Lee is engaged in a ministry that has expanded four decades. David became a Christ follower at age 15. He accepted God’s call to preach at age 16. He became a senior pastor at age 23. David served more than one half of his ministry in Maryland/Delaware as a pastor, on state convention staff, and until his recent retirement, as executive director of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware. One of his dominant passions in ministry is to be a coach and team builder. Building relationships among the pastors in the two-state convention has been a particular focus. He has also sought to strengthen pastors’ relationships with their families. To that end, he and Sherry have coordinated numerous intentional initiatives and ministry events to foster stronger family ties within the minister’s own family. His most recent ministry project is developing a ministers’ coaching and resource site

David earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

He is married to his life and ministry partner Sherry. David and Sherry have two sons, Jonathan and Jeremy, both who serve the Lord with their wives and children.

Ron CookLife Coach, Ron Cook
Ron and his wife, Rodetta, have been married 37 years. They have actively served the Lord together in ministry during their entire married life and are co-founders of Care for Pastors (CfP). Ron earned his BS degree from Liberty University in 1979. Upon graduation, he pastored two churches in West Virginia from 1980-1988 before returning to Lynchburg, VA, to complete his Masters Degree in Counseling at Liberty. He was also on the pastoral staff at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg from 1989-1997. Ron and Rodetta came to Florida to serve at First Baptist Church of Leesburg, and in April of 2000 he was called to be the Senior Pastor at a new church plant called Southpointe Baptist Fellowship.

During their service at Southpointe, the church grew to over 800 members with multiple services and several community affecting outreaches. The ministry of Care for Pastors was launched in 2004 and the church was very supportive of the mission of CfP. At the Holy Spirit’s leading, Ron stepped out of his role as Lead Pastor at Southpointe Baptist Fellowship in January of 2011 to dedicate his full attention to the development of this nonprofit, to ensure it reached its full potential to minister to pastoral families.

Under Ron’s leadership, and with his wife’s dedicated support, CfP has grown by leaps and bounds, inspiring Christians to Get Involved. His ministry to pastors includes mentoring, counseling and conferences. Both Ron and Rodetta have a passion to minister to hurting pastors and their spouses who need the message “they are worthy.” Ron & Rodetta Cook, true servant leaders on a mission to care for pastors!


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

Fall/Winter 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

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!

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.