Our Programs

Our Programs Renew Mind, Body and Soul


  • Serving from a place of wholeness rather than frenzied existence
  • Feeling in step with the Father rather than feeling distance
  • Recovering from burnout, exhaustion, or trauma, and knowing how to move forward
  • Coming to a place where your whole family can be cared for by people who understand the challenges of ministry

Imagine yourself at Alongside.

We offer three renewal programs in a retreat format:

  1. Our signature three-week Renewal and Growth Retreat (for individuals, couples, and families) is led by licensed, experienced counselors. Every staff member has extensive experience in ministry, and many have also found themselves in difficult circumstances. We will listen carefully, explore your story with you, and seek how the Lord wants to redeem it. Our retreats have evolved over almost two decades of experience serving pastors and missionaries whose stories might look a lot like yours. We will come alongside you in your journey and accompany you toward a place of understanding, deep rest, and renewal.
  2. Our Marriage Rekindled Retreat (for couples in ministry) is also led by counselors who really get the challenges of ministry and their impact on marriages. It is designed for couples that want to strengthen their connection—emotionally, spiritually, and relationally.
  3. MedRetreat (for healthcare professionals serving cross-culturally) was designed and is led by healthcare professionals who have also served cross-culturally. The unique stressors, interpersonal challenges, and demanding nature of your work require an approach to refocusing, recharging, and renewal crafted specifically for you, your spouse, and your family.
  4. Shepherd’s Way is a new initiative to help pastors and their families who may be unable to take 3-weeks away from their churches for our Renewal and Growth Retreat. We know the stresses and strains of the past two years have been particularly hard on pastors and their families and we want to help.Shepherd’s Way is a hybrid model including:
    • 10-day stay at our beautiful Southwest Michigan campus
    • Virtual follow-up for a total of 3-months journeying together

Regardless of your work setting, coming alongside you is our calling and privilege.