Pastors’ Retreat

The Laity Lodge Pastors’ Retreat is an opportunity for pastors and church staff members to be refreshed and renewed so that they might serve God and their people with new vision and vitality. The retreat features engaging worship, biblical teaching that addresses the yearning and concerns of pastors, warm conversation, delicious food, playful recreation, and the stunning beauty of Laity Lodge. The retreat schedule allows each participant plenty of time for rest, quiet, conversation, and prayer. Spouses are welcome at this retreat.


Rodney Reeves
Rodney is Dean of the Courts Redford College of Theology and Ministry and a professor of Biblical Studies at Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, Missouri. He has two publications currently in the bookstores, A Genuine Faith: How to Follow Jesus Today and collaboratively written Rediscovering Paul: An Introduction to his World, Letters and Theology.

When asked why he enjoys teaching at SBU, Rodney responded that ”College is where I learned to think about the big questions: Who is God? What do I believe? What do I have to give? Therefore, I enjoy trying to give what I have received from my teachers (past and present): to inspire students to think through what they believe and learn what they should do. College students have a passion for life, a sincere desire to learn, and an insatiable appetite for God. Men and women called to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ want to serve the Church and work for His Kingdom. I’m grateful that I belong to a community of learners who want to try to help each other fulfill this noble purpose: to follow Jesus with all that we are.“ Click here to learn more or visit his blog, A Genuine Faith.

Rodney’s teaching will be based on his wonderful new book, Spirituality According to Paul: Imitating the Apostle of Christ (IVP, 2011). He will help us learn from Paul the pastor how to know and follow Christ more deeply.


Jeff Johnson
Jeff is not just a talented songwriter and musician, but also a wise worship leader. He will help us engage with God through song, prayer, and reverent quiet. Jeff is a recording artist and worship leader from Camano Island, Washington.  For more information, go to Jeff’s website


Marcus Goodyear
Marcus is Senior Editor for and Christianity Today‘s, and author of the award-winning poetry collection Barbies at Communion. He lives in Kerrville, Texas, with his wife and two children.


Mark Roberts
Mark is the Senior Director and Scholar-in-Residence for Laity Lodge. Before coming to Laity Lodge, Mark was Senior Pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church in Southern California. The author of six books, Mark writes the Daily Reflections for and blogs at Patheos. Mark has a deep passion for encouraging and nurturing pastors.

Chad Karger
Chad Karger is the founder and director of BetterDays. He is an author and former lead pastor at Ecclesia Church in Houston, Texas. Having grown up in the home of a pastor and served in the local church for seventeen years, he has a realistic understanding about the demands upon the lives of ministry leaders and pastors. He holds a masters degree in Biblical Counseling from Colorado Christian University.

Registration Fees

Standard: $310
Black Bluff: $360
Special Rates until December 15, 2011: Standard $250 and Black Bluff $300
To register, locate your specific retreat on our Schedule, click on “Sign Up Now” and follow the instructions for that process. Please note that all rates are per person.

Plan to arrive at Laity Lodge anytime after 3:00 p.m. on Monday, February 6. The retreat will conclude Thursday, February 9 at 11:00 a.m., followed by brunch. Click here for directions and more info on how to prepare for your visit.