Pastor / Spouse Retreat

Pastor / Spouse Retreat
June 5 – 9, 2017
Monday evening through Friday morning
Attendance is limited to 30 participants – Register early!
Deadline: May 1, 2017
Retreat for all minsters serving as pastor or chaplain, and their spouses in PSWD.
Full Color Brochure Letter to Pastors & Chaplains Letter to Moderators & Board Chairs

The 2017 Pastor/Spouse Retreat is being held at the Serra Retreat Center in Malibu, California (interactive map). It is located 45 minutes from the Los Angeles & Burbank airports. This retreat is meant for your spiritual and physical health. Clergy today face chronic pressures which harm them spiritually and physically. The Ministry Commission of PSWD takes it as our mission to care for the women and men who have answered God’s call to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our churches and faith institutions.

Personality, Spirituality, and the Beatitudes
Discovering new ways to receive God’s blessings!

Have you ever expected too much from yourself?  Are you tired of others expecting too much from you?  This retreat will be a time to learn more about your personality, get relief from unreasonable demands, and discover new ways to stay open to God’s presence in the details of your life.
Monday evening – PSWD Moderator, Sara Haldeman-Scarr will be leading the opening worship.

These sessions are with Reba Herder:

Tuesday morning – Don’t hide your light under a basket!  Matthew 5:15
Learn about the Enneagram, a system of nine personality types that can help you understand yourself and others better.
Tuesday night – “Forgive them for they know not what they do.” Luke 22:34
Explore why good people doing their best bring out the worst in each other and what you can do differently.
Wednesday morning – Take off your shoes… Exodus 3:5
Choose from three kinds of conversations (Healthy conversation framework, monologues, or repeating questions) that will help you let go of unnecessary emotional blocks and open up to God’s presence in your life and in your work.
Thursday morning – “I came that you might have life and have it abundantly!” John 10:10
Choose from three kinds of conversations (Healthy conversation framework, monologues, or repeating questions) that will help you let go of unnecessary emotional blocks and open up to God’s abundance in your life and in your work.
Friday morning – Leaving and living in God’s love.  I John 4:8
Reba Herder
Reba Herder
I’m Reba Herder, a certified Enneagram instructor, credentialed teacher, and mother of two adult daughters ordained to the ministry of prayer and peacemaking in the Church of the Brethren.  I’ve been leading conversations since I was a teenager on the youth cabinet in my congregation.  I earned a degree in Religion, a California teaching credential, Training in Ministry Certificate, and the Enneagram instructor’s certificate from Don Riso and Russ Hudson. I’ve taught in a variety of public and private school settings in the US and Ethiopia for almost two decades.  I’m an experienced conversation facilitator, trainer, and coach who’s helped thousands respond to stressful circumstances calmly and confidently.  It breaks my heart to see the damage that toxic conversations cause.  I believe humanity is capable of so much more.  I’m passionate about working together to create cultures of healthy conversations that encourage each of us to thrive at home, at work, and in our world.
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This event is financially supported by the Ministry Commission of PSWD. Registering for this event implies a promise that you will faithfully participate in the activities listed. However, ample free time is available for your own faith journey, health, and recreation. The only cost to the Pastors / Chaplains will be a minimal registration fee of $100 per person and the cost of your transportation. Additional scholarship money may be available to help those in need, through Ministry Chair Tom Hostetler <>.
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2017 Pastor/Spouse Retreat

This retreat is open to all our Brethren ministers who are serving as employed pastors to churches, chaplains, and their spouses. Our goal is unity, relaxation, fun, prayer, worship, and wellness.

Registration deadline is May 1, 2017
Details are at:

A limited amount of funds are available for "Travel Scholarships". Funds will be awarded on a case by case basis by the Ministry Commission. Apply to Ministry Commission Chair Tom Hostetler by May 1, 2017 or (909) 392-4354

Please list name(s) of preferred roommate.