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The Pastors’ Retreat is for pastors, missionaries, and spouses, adult family members 18 years old and over, and for any para-church staff. This retreat begins on Monday, August 8th at 6:00 PM and concludes at noon on Thursday, August 11.
Beautiful Whitestone Country Inn in Kingston, TN (near Knoxville) is the setting for this retreat. The retreat is given as a gift by Whitestone and by Spark of Life.
Whitestone is a fabulous place, with incredible rooms and food. They are asking help in footing the cost, asking those who come, who are able, to give $200 (total) per couple or individual. These funds go to Whitestone and could of course come from the churches where the pastor is serving.
But please note this: If one cannot afford this, please know you can still come to this retreat. Paul Cowell, founder of Whitestone, (and spark of Life) does not want money to be an issue. ALL who need this retreat are welcome to come.
Last years Pastors’ Retreat was an amazing experience. It proved to us that there is a tremendous need among those in ministry for a retreat such as this.
Please spread the word concerning this – to your friends in ministry and to your churches.
Here is what churches and ministers are saying about Spark of Life.
We at Highland Hills Community Church are both excited and honored to support Spark of Life. My wife Amanda and I attended a Spark of Life Grief Recovery Retreat in 2014 after the tragic death of her parents. I cannot say enough about how much the retreat helped us; not only did it give us tools with which to work through our grief, it also provided us with a caring community of support and encouragement.
In the months that followed, we asked David Mathews, co-founder and executive director of Spark of Life, to come to Highland Hills and conduct a Saturday-Sunday Grief Recovery Workshop for our community. Many people from both our community as well as our church came on Saturday – then David spoke at both of our Sunday services. The Spark of Life Grief Recovery Workshop has helped our church not only to reach out to our community in a powerful way, but it has also helped us minister to those grieving in our church.
Dying is part of living, and living forward after the death of loved ones is one of the most difficult things we will ever undertake. Spark of Life is meeting this daunting challenge head-on by changing lives and giving back to those that are grieving the one thing they desperately need: hope.
Please join us in supporting this wonderful ministry, and feel free to call me with any questions you may have. 270.590.6510
Chad Lockhart – Pastor
Highland Hills Community Church
“It has been a privilege for Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock to support Spark of Life. God is powerfully using this ministry to help bring healing and wholeness to those who have suffered great loss. Members of our own church family have been deeply touched and affected by attending the Spark of Life retreat. God has met them in their suffering and is now leading them into a new season of hope. And Spark of Life has been a catalyst for that.”
We at the Sylvan Hills Church in Sherwood, AR wholeheartedly recommend Spark of Life retreats and grief workshops.Three of our ministers and their spouses (along with 20 of our members) have attended these retreats, and we have also had David Mathews conduct a Grief recovery workshop at our church. This was a great way to reach out to our community and our church.
Jim Couch – Elder
Sylvan Hills Church
To register for a retreat or to discover more about Spark of Life Retreats, go to www.sparkoflife.org
Click the menu button ‘Retreats’ and then click on the drop down item – ‘Pastors’ Only Retreat.’