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Sabbatical Opportunities

10|10 Ministries: for Canadian and US pastors
If you're looking for a retreat by the sea (San Diego, CA) or in the mountains (Prescott, AZ), or some soul care, this might be for you. Scholarships are available. For additional information visit,

Alongside Inc.: for Canadian and US Pastors
Located in over 100 wooded acres near Richland, Michigan, Alongside provides a peaceful setting for their ‘Renewal and Growth Retreats’ for pastors and missionaries, and their spouses.  Retreats last two or three weeks and include both individual and group sessions with licensed counselors. Daily seminars aim to address physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, helping guests feel renewed and better equipped for their ministry. For retreat fees and other information, please visit

Anapauo House: for Canadian and US pastors
Located in Coleman, Alberta near the scenic Crowsnest Pass of the Rocky Mountains, the Anapauo House offers free accommodations to pastors, ministry workers, and their families. Anapauo is a Greek word for “rest” – a fitting name, as it serves as a place of rest and refreshment for those in ministry.  The house sleeps up to six people, and a minimum two-night stay is required. For more information and to complete the application form, visit

Broom Tree Ministries: for Canadian and US pastors
Broom Tree Ministries offers five-day spiritual retreats for pastors and their spouses. The retreats are offered to pastors and spouses at no cost. It is paid for through donations from those who want to encourage and strengthen pastors. The retreats are held in two locations: Lake Geneva, WI and White Cloud, MI. For more information visit

Buffalo Ridge Hospitality & Retreat Center: for Canadian and US pastors
This retreat center is located on 200 acres of beautiful prairie in northeast Kansas. Pastors and their families can choose between a guest house, which sleeps 12, or camping. Rates are very reasonable and include both lodging and food. For more information, visit

Duke Divinity School - Study Leave for Ministry Professionals: for Canadian and US pastors
Pastors and ministry leaders are invited to spend one week of study, worship, and prayer on the campus of Duke University/Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC. Participants have full access to the university and divinity libraries, along with opportunities for community worship, lectures, classis auditing, and conversations with the Divinity School staff. A $500 tuition includes meals and accommodations, but scholarships are available. For more information, visit

E.L.I.M. (Encouraging Leaders in Ministry) Retreats: for Canadian and US Pastors
ELIM Retreat Ministries offers six-day renewal retreats for pastors and ministry leaders.  The time is focused on spiritual assessment and pastoral care.  Two retreat locations are available in Huron City, Michigan and Eagle, Wisconsin.  The retreats are free – including all meals.  For information, visit

Fairhaven Ministries: for Canadian and US pastors
Fairhaven Ministries consists of 15 chalets and cottages and a lodge in the Blue Ridge Mountains of East Tennessee. Pastors and spouses are able to take sabbaticals. For rates and additional information, visit

Fairhaven also has a location in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia near Vernon, BC. For more information visit

Gull Lake Ministries: for Canadian and US pastors
Gull Lake (located in Hickory Corners, MI) is a non-denominational family resort and conference center which offers pastors and their spouses opportunities for rest and relaxation.  Between Labor Day (September) and Memorial Day (May), pastor couples may stay for a couple of days and only pay for their meals.  For more information click here.  To visit the website go to

Holden Village: for Canadian and US Pastors
Nestled in the beautiful Cascade Mountains in north central Washington, Holden Village is accessible only by boat from the town of Chelan, WA.  Holden invites pastors to enjoy a free one-week sabbatical which is centered on reflection, daily worship, and relaxation.  For more information, visit

Kerith Retreats: for Canadian and US Pastors
Kerith Retreats offers seven-day small group retreats for married and single ministry leaders.  They have two locations: Kerith Creek, situated on 66 acres in the beautiful Canadian Rockies in Alberta, as well as Kerith Pines, situated on 103 acres of rich natural landscape in Manitoba.  Each centre provides a tranquil place to relax, reflect, and be renewed.  Lodging and all meals are included in the attendance fee.  For retreat dates and additional information, visit

King’s Fold Retreat & Renewal Centre: for Canadian and US Pastors
A variety of accommodations and activities are offered at the King’s Fold Retreat Centre, located in southwest Alberta near the town of Cochrane (about one hour from Calgary).  Different retreat options are available which include personal, group, and fasting retreats (three fasting cabins sit apart from the guest lodge).  Guests can enjoy rest and renewal along with home style meals, the library, the greenhouse, a walking labyrinth, and the chapel during their stay.  For rates and other information, visit

Lantern Lane Farm: for Canadian and US Pastors
The Log House at Lantern Lane Farm sits on 17 beautiful acres of wooded and open pasture in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.  It offers a unique “home away from home” feeling where pastors can experience quiet rest and restoration.  Meals are not included but catering is available.  For rates and additional information, visit

Louisville Institute: for Canadian and US pastors
The Louisville Institute offers grants through its “Pastoral Study Project” program. Grants offer pastoral leaders the opportunity for study and personal development for ministry. Applications are due September 1st. For more information visit

Mountain Learning Center: for Canadian and US pastors
The Mountain Learning Center is located in June Lake, CA, beneath the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. It offers two-week retreats for pastors and spouses that provide an opportunity for reassurance, renewal, reflection and recreation. For more information visit

National Clergy Renewal: for US pastors
The National Clergy Renewal Program offers grant awards of up to $50,000 to Christian congregations and their pastors to design a Sabbath renewal program that benefits and energizes the pastor and the church for their shared ministry. The deadline for applications is generally in May. For more information visit

Nehemiah Ministries: for Canadian and US pastors
Nehemiah Ministries offers a natural haven in Owosso, MI where ministry families can withdraw from their normal environment to rest, relax and enjoy God’s creation. For more information, visit

Oasis Retreats: for Canadian and US Pastors
Situated just outside Hope, British Columbia, Camp Hope offers five-day Oasis retreats for pastors and their spouses.  The program addresses the many needs of leaders in ministry while at the same time provides plenty of time for fellowship, rest, and spiritual renewal.  Personal counseling sessions and ministry tools are provided by the trained leaders on staff.  The cost is $1,000 for singles or $1,550 for couples.  Meals and lodging are included.  For additional information, visit

Pastors R&R: for Canadian and US Pastors and Their Families
The Pastors R&R program provides full-time married pastors and their families the use of vacation properties at no cost.  Eligible pastors must be married and have a total combined income that makes it difficult or impossible to take a family vacation—income less than $65,000 (US) including all benefits/allowances.  Pastors must complete an application and phone interview to be considered for the program.  A minimum stay of 12 days (not including travel) at the vacation home is required.  For more information and to apply, visit

Pine Rest Clinician: for pastors in the Greater Grand Rapids, MI area
Hank Bosma, a Pine Rest Christian Health Mental Services(Grand Rapids, MI) outpatient clinician with years of experience, is available to meet with pastors. During the once a month meetings the pastor can process ministry issues, personal and family issues, or receive support and encouragement. There’s no charge for this service.  If interested please call Hank at the Pine Rest South Clinic (616-222-3700).

Quiet Place Ministries: for Canadian and US pastors
There is no charge for the accommodations at Quiet Place Ministries for pastors and their families. However, the pastor couples are required to partake in a daily four hour program. Quiet Place Ministries is located in Jackson, MI. For more information, visit

Quiet Waters Ministries: for Canadian and US pastors
Located just outside of Denver, CO at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Quiet Waters Ministries provides retreats that focus on holistic health and renewal.  Pastors and other ministry leaders will experience spiritual, emotional, and physical rejuvenation that will strengthen them for their families and ministry.  Fees do apply and financial assistance is available. For more information on retreat opportunities and related programs, visit

Sandy Cove Ministries: for Canadian and US Pastors
Sandy Cove offers mini sabbaticals for pastors and their spouses to connect with God and with each other.  Situated on the shore of beautiful Chesapeake Bay near the town of North East, Maryland, it’s an ideal place to relax, study, pray, and get away from the busyness of life.  Stays typically last Sunday night through Tuesday morning and meals are provided.  Rates are $170 for singles and $220 for couples.  For additional information, visit

SonScape Retreats: for Canadian and US Pastors
SonScape offers pastoral retreats in Colorado, Tennessee, Georgia and upstate New York. These retreats provide pastors and pastor couples a unique setting for quiet meditation, rest, and spiritual renewal.  Each retreat is limited to four couples/singles with times for group interaction, private sessions with retreat leaders, and personal time with God.  Scholarships are available.  For rates and additional information, visit

The Cottage on Coronado Island: for Canadian and US Pastors
Pastors and their spouses can enjoy a one-week retreat on Coronado Island in the San Diego Bay.  The cottage is available year-round and includes breakfast, lunch, and counseling sessions.  For rates and additional information, visit

The Lodge: for Canadian and US pastors
The Lodge offers four and five day retreats for pastor couples on an 82 acre French countryside estate in Buchanan, MI. Accommodations include a 19th century French Provincial home and two guest cottages. There is a charge for the retreats but scholarships are available. For more information, visit

The Mandala Center: for Canadian and US Pastors
The Mandala Center is an ecumenical retreat and conference center which offers spiritual retreats for reflection and renewal.  It’s situated at 7,000 feet on the Sierra Grande just west of Des Moines, New Mexico.  Discounts are available for pastors and ministry leaders. For fees and additional information, visit

Wenonah Cabin: For Canadian and US Pastors
Enjoy a time of rest, retreat, renewal, and recreation in beautiful Colorado. The cabin is nestled up against the 12 Mile Range of the Rocky Mountains and can be used for sabbaticals and retreats. Special rates are offered for pastors and their families.

WinShape Retreat: for Canadian and US pastors
WinShape offers four-night/five-day retreats for pastors and full-time marriage ministry leaders and their spouses.  Located on 26,000 acres of rolling meadows and mountain wilderness in Rome, GA, retreats offer a quiet place to reconnect and experience refreshment and renewal.  For more information and pricing, visit

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Pastor Church Resources (PCR), a ministry of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) and the CRCNA, do not provide liability insurance for the protection of individuals, groups, organizations, businesses, or others who may participate in the opportunities/programming listed on the PCR website. Any participation in such opportunities/programming is considered voluntary and at the sole discretion of the participant. PCR / the CRCNA will not be held responsible for any injuries, damages, loss, liability, nor the consequences thereof that may be sustained before, during, or after participation.