In solidarity with the collective efforts to reduce the impact of COVID-19, and with sadness, we have cancelled our May program.

We are still accepting reservations for all future programs (including our June 1-19th program) as we are hopeful that the executive order will be lifted in plenty of time for participants to arrive. We will be adjusting our refund policy to reflect the need for additional flexibility during this season.

As the world wrestles with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, few lives and ministries have remained untouched. We recognize that this may be especially true for those whom ALONGSIDE seeks to serve. Many missionaries have had their lives severely disrupted, as travel is restricted, access is disrupted, and the availability of resources has diminished. Many pastors and leaders of US-based non-profits are putting in long hours, trying to develop creative ways to meet the needs of those they serve. We find ourselves doing the same here at ALONGSIDE, recognizing that those in ministry need support now more than ever.

On April 24, to slow the spread of the virus, Michigan’s governor extended a statewide “stay at home” executive order in effect until May 15, 2020 that restricts travel and services that are not essential to the sustenance and protection of life. After extensive research and consultation, we have determined that compliance with this order prevents us from hosting Renewal and Growth Retreats on our campus while the order is in effect.

In order to prioritize the health and wellbeing of our participants and staff, we have developed new screening procedures that will be in place until the heightened threat of COVID-19 has passed. Before coming to campus, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire and may be required to consult with ALONGSIDE’s designated physician. More details will be provided upon application to a program.

Updated: 04/07/2020

View our Risk Reduction Strategy.