It’s one thing to go through a global pandemic. It is quite another to go through a global pandemic as a Shepherd of God’s people. Only you know what that means.
You have been through it, and you probably have more than a few scars (and sheep bite marks) to prove it. The virus has hit many hard. The economy has hit others hard. The race crisis has hit many others hard. The toxic political climate has hit most everyone hard. The open up or shut down and who wears masks and why not has been a bur under a lot of saddles. Though we all have this in common now, everyone has been uniquely and particularly impacted.
Do you know what all of those challenges and struggles have in common besides the year 2020? YOU. By virtue of everyone being impacted to greater or lesser degrees by one or more of these things, you have been uniquely impacted by all of them—and in a compounded way—because you are the Shepherd of the whole flock.
On top of all that, you have had to do what you do in a completely different and unprecedented way that is constantly shifting, endlessly frustrating, and no matter how hard you try it remains unsatisfying. And it continues.
Few realize the compounded impact of all of this on our pastors. We do. We see you, and we want to respond to you.
And with that, we invite you to the New Room Pastors’ Retreat.
Of course, it will be a little different. We won’t be going to a destination together, other than way deep into the heart of God. We feel called to create some space between 2020 and the awakening on the horizon. More than anything it will be simple space for returning to our first love. You have had plenty of webinars to help you navigate church in a global pandemic. And no doubt you have Zoom fatigue. We are all limping across the finish line of 2020, and though 2021 should see relief from all of this at some point, we still have some rough waters to navigate. We need to get ourselves together, even if only in tiny squares on the same screen. We don’t need more meetings and certainly not more to do. WE NEED TO MEET WITH GOD. We need some face to face time with Jesus; to breathe deeply of the Holy Spirit, and we need to do it together.