Renewal and Growth retreats

The Renewal and Growth retreat is offered 12 times a year at our beautiful Southwest Michigan campus. We have thought of every small detail meticulously with a campus that has been designed to foster rest, renewal and deep life change. Our retreats have been crafted over the past two decades by pastors and missionaries who God called to care for pastors and missionaries. Our stories probably look a lot like your stories! Our counselors are licensed and uniquely gifted and trained to work with people in ministry. Our staff are warm and hospitable, many of whom have also served cross-culturally.

We will come alongside you in your journey and bring you toward a place of understanding, deep rest, and renewal. Each program that we offer comprises three main components:

  1. Wellness seminars—what does it mean to be whole? What does emotional and spiritual health look like?  Topics covered have been developed by skilled counselors who have seen consistent themes in their offices and have created seminars to address those concerns.

  2. Group Counseling—each weekday you will meet with a cohort of other ministry leaders in a safe environment.

  3. Private Counseling—each weekday you will meet as a couple or individual with your assigned therapist.

This is all provided in the context of a caring community in a safe place.  The schedule is not packed - it has some room so you can breathe.

One of many benches to rest… reflect… and breathe.

One of many benches to rest… reflect… and breathe.

Children’s program

We love kids at ALONGSIDE! If you are looking for a restorative program for the whole family, ALONGSIDE has a great program for you! When parents are in pain, children often experience pain as well. With that in mind, we have developed a special children’s program based on the same material covered in the adult seminars. This program is designed for, and adjusted to fit, the ages and needs of the children attending each retreat.

We have two classrooms designed for our children’s program. In one classroom, kids 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.

While parents are in their program, the ALONGSIDE kid's 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.

In addition, we have a counselor on staff who has special expertise in working with children and adolescents. He can be available to meet with you and your child(ren) for consultation and counseling while you are at Alongside, provided you let us know that you are interested when you apply for the program (extra fees apply).