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

We have carefully thought through every detail of your stay. Our setting 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.

Our host for the October 2-11, 2023, program is Goldberry Woods Bed and Breakfast. This beautiful farm resort will be a perfect setting for reflection, learning and fun! Retreat includes delicious home cooked meals in the comfort of a beautiful setting.

On the shores of the Galien River in Union Pier in southwest Michigan, and less than a mile from the sandy shores of Lake Michigan in the heart of Harbor Country, you’ll find Goldberry Woods, a Modern Farm Resort. The celebrated retreat features a state-of-the-art organic farm where guests cultivate a genuine connection to the land, heritage crops and foodie cuisine. Escape the city to an entirely fresh way of living and relaxing.

Options abound: Explore the river by kayak or canoe, rent a cottage or cabin, relax by the heated pool, stargaze from the hot tub, bike to the beach for sunset, hike marked trails on the expansive 30-acre property.

For more information regarding the location and accommodations, please visit

What about my children?

Because we are currently offering Shepherd’s Way at various beautiful locations, and it is a high value for us that children’s staff are not only background checked but also well known by our trusted staff, we strongly recommend couples that need to bring their children sign up for one of our regular Renewal and Growth retreats here: Apply | Alongside (