Riding the Waves of the Retreats

Posted on May 16, 2008

Words can’t describe how much I enjoyed being a part of our dual marriage retreats last week! It was so inspirational to rub shoulders with so many people and to see the great things that God is doing in their lives and marriages.

We had one retreat called the "Creative Marriage Retreat" for pastors and their spouses. I went into the retreat not knowing what to expect. But I’ve got to say that it was one of the most powerful times we’ve had with pastors…just to sit down and talk so openly about the joys and challenges of marriage and ministry.

I want to thank, once again, Craig and Amy Groeschel, Dr. Jonathan Cude (who I highly recommend as a Christian counselor), and Dr. Randy Perkins, who works so closely with so many in the ministry. And lastly, to my wife, Lisa…you did an amazing job at the retreat!

While this retreat was going on, we also had another one for our people at Fellowship Church called the "Wholly Holy Marriage Retreat". We would talk for an hour in one session and then walk across the hotel to teach for another hour to another group entirely. What an amazing time for growth!

And the response was so overwhelmingly great during this time that people are already asking about the next one. So we’re working on that right now.

On the heels of those retreats, I would love to hear from some of you pastors. Maybe share one or two of the greatest things you find in ministry and marriage. And also some of the greatest challenges you face. Let me hear from you!

Again, I’m still riding the waves of excitement, and I’m looking forward to doing this all again…

5 Replies to "Riding the Waves of the Retreats"

  • WB
    May 16, 2008 (9:17 pm)

    Hi Ed, my husband has worked for a, somewhat, local ministry for 12 years. There is a peace in knowing that he is where God wants him to be and that he is being obedient to God. There are soo many sacrifices that our family makes though for him to work where he does. It goes without saying that we sacrifice financially. He definately doesn’t make what his market value is. Additionally, because of his executive position where he works, we sacrifice time. He works alot. He has a tremendous amount of responsibility on his shoulders and it is very stressful at times, which trickles down to the family. With all that said, I try very hard to be supportive and to make our home a peaceful place to come home to.

  • Shane
    May 17, 2008 (9:10 am)

    Thank you so much for putting the Marriage Retreat on. My wife and I came down from Minnesota and we were so blessed and refreshed. We also had a wonderful time meeting so many other wonderful couples who we know we will be staying in touch with. There is certainly alot of stress in the ministry, but you and the other speakers gave so many great tools to help give that balance to make marriage and ministry work!! We will be there again next year, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  • Art Good
    May 17, 2008 (10:18 am)

    My wife and I wanted to come to the Creative Marriage Retreat so bad, but due to schedule conflicts we weren’t able.
    If you have another one, we will definitely be there.

  • Jon Purkey
    May 18, 2008 (6:55 pm)

    This retreat took my marriage to a ‘HOLE ‘NUTHA LEVEL! Thank you so much for offering this retreat! It’s business time baby – no team building exercise tonight! It meant so much to me and my wife that you guys opened up about your marriage and kept it real. Sometimes it’s hard to find people in the ministry who don’t sugar coat their lives. All I can say is that when Fellowship Church does something they don’t miss one single detail!

  • Courtney Williams
    May 19, 2008 (8:21 am)

    My husband and I just moved to Fort Worth 6 months ago. We were in Columbia, SC serving at a Baptist church there. My husband was the youth minister at this church for 6 years. One of the biggest struggles I had was knowing that there were people there that didn’t like my husband and me still trying to be nice to them and love them as Christ does. It was always so hard seeing my husband give EVERYTHING he had to this ministry and then get so much negative feedback. It was pretty rare to receive an encouraging word. But, one of the greatest things I experienced in this ministry was seeing how my husband responded to such unlovely people. He never vented back at them. He always went the step above and loved them even more despite their meanness to him. I was able to see my husband love as Christ loves and that really blessed me as his wife and also showed me how he loves me the same way. Ministry brings out the best in my husband. It’s his “thing” and he just shines as he ministers. We’ve moved to Fort Worth for him to attend Southwestern Seminary to get his masters in Marriage and Family Counseling. God has already blessed the socks off of us here. Rodney has finished his first semester here with straight A’s and I couldn’t be prouder. He is just soaking in all this knowledge God is giving him and I can’t wait to “get back out there” in the ministry and serve alongside him again. 🙂

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