Healthy shepherds lead healthy flocks
Standing Stone Retreats are designed to help strengthen and encourage ministry couples (a husband and a wife) in a safe and caring environment. Strong and healthy leaders help develop strong and healthy followers of Jesus who advance the Kingdom of God.
Standing Stone Retreats are very private, highly personalized and for only one ministry couple at a time. They are hosted by one couple – our trained retreat shepherds. We prayerfully match our retreat shepherds with ministry couples based on similar ministry and life experiences. A retreat week is six nights and seven days and no, you cannot shorten the time. The week is devoted to rest, fun activities, great food and pampering care. In addition, time is spent each day discussing important issues facing ministry couples, including marriage, ministry, balance, margin, finances and the importance of dreaming together; we dig deep —all in an effort to encourage and edify ministry couples, helping restore them to vibrancy in ministry and a renewed awareness of God’s work in their lives. It is also a time to help strengthen their relationship with each other.
The centerpiece of a Standing Stone Retreat is that each one is held in a beautiful location, where the ministry leader and spouse are truly showered in an atmosphere of faith, hope, and love. We do our utmost to create a genuinely relaxing environment. Those being cared for arrive at beautiful properties that have been loaned to us and that are not in an area where they are likely to be recognized in public. These homes are normally vacation properties located in serene locations that are peaceful, picturesque, and loaded with natural beauty.
A retreat setting means that there are no distractions from family members, church members, or other obligations. The goal of our retreat shepherds is to make the couple feel “exclusively cherished.” Sorry, but no children are allowed. However, we promise to send these couples home as more rested and better parents.
One bonus of a Standing Stone Retreat is that the ministry couple and the retreat shepherds form lasting bonds. Even after the retreat has ended the retreat shepherds will reach out to the ministry couple they served to love and to encourage them and to be an ongoing resource for them. Our motto is, “Come as strangers, leave as friends.” Hundreds of ministry couples will testify to that! If you would like to talk to our Retreat Coordinators please CLICK HERE.
The current cost for a week-long retreat is $2,900 per couple, which includes all meals and activities. This fee does not include travel expenses.
Standing Stone Ministry understands each couple is unique and that you are coming from different financial situations which means that some of you may be unable to pay the full amount. However, we do believe the week will be more valuable to you if you can pay what your income level will allow.
Some ministries/churches set up special funds to attend this type of retreat, but many do not. Standing Stone Ministry does not want to be an economic burden on any ministry couple and there is limited scholarship assistance available.
If you are interested in helping our ministry couples by scholarships or other economic means please visit our DONATE PAGE.