Sabbath for the Shepherd


Hopefully, by now, you have heard about the 2014 Clergy Spiritual Life Retreat for the Nashville Area, March 24-26, at Montgomery Bell State Park. We will be blessed to have Dr. Dwight Judy as our presenter who will invite us into a deeper place of Sabbath. His book, “A Quiet Pentecost: Invited the Spirit into Congregational Life”, will be the basis of his presentations.

Dr. Judy suggests that over the last 30 years a quiet revolution has taken place in Christian life.  Many “small Pentecosts” are taking place across the church as people of all ages discover the power of spiritual formation practices such as daily prayer, meditative reading of scripture, walking a labyrinth, spiritual direction and more.

Participants will be blessed by Dr. Judy and the time apart for retreat and for reflection. Dr. Judy will also lead guided reflections on Sabbath, personal care, spiritual disciplines, as well as some  refining of our current vocational mission. Times will be set aside for silence and for discussion in small groups.

Throughout the course of the retreat I will be leading some conversation times for us to talk together about how God is at work in our lives.   On Wednesday morning, I will speak about the  “View from 30,000 Feet,”  sharing my reflections about the Nashville Area almost two years into my time with you, what I see on the horizon, and a way to consider our life together for the future.

You can register online by clicking here, or send the $40 registration fee to:

Memphis Annual Conference
Spiritual Life Retreat
24 Corporate Blvd.
Jackson, TN  38305-2315

Lodging cost is $180.00 and you will need to make your reservations directly with the folks at Montgomery Bell. You can reach them via 615-797-3101 and mention group #7097 when you make your reservations.

Scholarships are available in part or for the whole.  Contact your District Superintendent.

Capacity is limited to  300 so register early.

Click here to download the event flyer which includes the registration form to send with your check.

I hope you will join me for this great event.

One Comment on “Sabbath for the Shepherd”

  1. I love the saying, ” I cannot fill your glass, unless my pitcher is full”.