The need for retreat
Picture a place of peace in a beautiful natural setting where your burdens melt away as you allow the presence of Jesus to minister to you. “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28 KJV). Jesus himself often retreated from the crowds, and even his disciples, to commune with God. God has intended for us to do the same. “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul" (Ps 23: 2-3a KJV).
As leaders and counselors, we carry responsibilities that can become burdensome if we do not recharge. We give of ourselves and need to be replenished! Because of our position, we cannot adequately receive this from the people we minister to, even though we may find fulfillment in what we do. We need to be able to fellowship with others who are in leadership, and we especially need to spend quality time with God. Not understanding and acting on the importance of this can lead to burnout.
In addition, any kind of wounding, in our ministry or in our childhood, makes it especially important for us to receive the emotional healing, restoration, and rejuvenation that can bring us back to joy and hope for the future.
The opportunity for retreat
He Restoreth my Soul is a ministry designed to give you a place away from the stresses of your daily life and ministry, where you can relax and enjoy fellowship with God and be ministered to in prayer.
We spend the weekend some place beautiful (eventually at our own facility, but for now, at a mutually agreed upon location, currently, Starved Rock Lodge in Utica, Illinois). On Friday evening and Saturday morning and evening, personal prayer ministry will be available to you. There may also be the option of adding a session or two on Sunday. The rest of the time you are free to explore the area and enjoy the natural setting.
Personal prayer ministry
When a person feels discouraged, depressed, or burned out, or has experienced wounding of some kind, the experience of the presence of Jesus can bring light, life, and healing. Immanuel prayer ministry (see http://www.immanuelapproach.com), which grew out of Theophostic prayer ministry (see http://www.theophostic.com), is centered on the concept of inviting Jesus to show us His presence in the places we have not been aware of it, to bring truth and healing to those places. From the most seemingly minor experiences, to the most traumatic, Jesus can bring restoration and wholeness. Even post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and satanic ritual abuse (SRA) respond to Jesus’ healing touch.
You are encouraged, but not required, to bring a prayer partner who can learn how to continue to support you after the weekend, especially if you are dealing with the ongoing need for healing from PTSD or SRA.