Shepherd’s Way

Shepherd’s Way: An Intentional Journey

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 (with a break for Easter)

We have carefully thought through every detail of your stay. Our campus woods, fields, and accommodations are designed with the purpose of fostering rest, renewal, and deep life change. Our approach and curriculum have been shaped and refined over two decades by pastors and missionaries, for pastors and missionaries.

Our counselors are licensed and uniquely gifted and trained to work with people in ministry. The mentors for Shepherd’s Way are highly experienced ministry singles or couples uniquely suited to work on the Alongside team. Our staff is warm and hospitable, most of whom have also served in domestic ministry or cross-culturally.

What will Shepherd’s Way be like?

We come alongside you in your journey and walk with you into new understanding, deep rest, and renewal in each of our offerings.

  • Wellness seminars – Over many years of work with people in ministry, our skilled counselors identified consistent concerns and designed seminars to address them head-on.
  • Group Counseling – Each weekday you will meet with a cohort of other ministry leaders in a safe environment.
  • Private Counseling – Each weekday you will meet as a couple or individual with your assigned therapist.

In addition, Shepherd’s Way is unique in offering targeted follow up via online platforms:

  • On-going Mentoring every other week (approximately 1-hour) – These couples and individuals are highly trained, experienced, and uniquely equipped to walk with you as you grow through supporting, encouraging, and praying with you.
  • Virtual Wellness seminars weekly (1 hour) – Topics are relevant to church leadership
  • Virtual group weekly (1 hour) – Your group will continue to meet virtually with the same mentor(s) and continue to process the challenges of faith, life, and ministry together

This is all provided in the context of a caring community, in a safe place. The schedule is intentionally designed with it has some room and space, so you can breathe.

What Will My Youth and Kids (YaKs) Be Doing?

During the 10-day retreat on campus we have two classrooms designed for our children’s program. In one classroom, children ranging from 5 to 12 years old will learn through activities, multimedia, and loving instruction from our caring and experienced children’s staff.

In the other classroom, children under age 5 are lovingly cared for by our Pre-K children’s team, who also theme their days around the same content that the rest of the family is learning.

Teens aged 13 and up learn through fun, hands-on experiences, and careful instruction from highly qualified teen staff in a separate classroom.  Outdoor and other active content help develop relationships while developing concepts from the classroom.

While parents are in their program, the Alongside YaK crew will host the children from 8:30 AM-3:30 pm each weekday (with a break for lunch) as well as during two special evening events. The children will not be ‘cooped up’ in a classroom the whole program, we have a full-sized gym and two playgrounds where kids can RUN, play line-tag, and participate in other fun activities with our skilled staff.

YaK content follows the material the adults will be working on but at a child’s or youth’s developmental level providing a common language and foundations for growing together.

This program will be offered February 28-March 9, 2022.  To learn about other upcoming retreat dates visit Upcoming dates.