Pastor’s Retreat 2018: “The Getaway”


Here’s what you need to know

Are you a Lead Pastor? (or do you know one?)

About a year ago, Lori and I began to talk about offering a get-away for Lead Pastors. Without any cost. 

We have so much love and respect for Pastors. They are often over-worked and under-appreciated.

So we are hosting “The Getaway” for 20 Pastors and their spouses. The Lord has connected us in a beautiful way with a young trio of guys who are making a huge impact in the music world, Consumed by Fire. They have a wide and open heart for authentic worship. And I’m thrilled that their father, Pastor David Ward, is joining us as well. Together, with the help of a wonderful organization, Feedback International, we found a way to pull this off!

I also want to thank my life-long friend, Pastor Whitney George, from Church on the Move in Tulsa, for participating with us in this event and helping us host everything at the extraordinary facilities of Dry Gulch USA. 

Here are the details:


Dry Gulch USA
Adair, Oklahoma

Tuesday July 31st

Registration: 4:00-6:00pm
Dinner: 6:00pm
Evening Gathering with Blaine Bartel and Consumed by Fire: 7:30pm
Late Night Hang Time: 9:30pm until whenever.

Wednesday August 1st

Breakfast : 8:00am
Morning Gathering with Pastor David Ward: 10:00am
Lunch: 12 noon
Afternoon Free Time: Pool and lake activities, nature trails, indoor gaming rooms, indoor basketball, go-cart races, media lounge and more.
Evening Gathering with Blaine Bartel and Consumed by Fire: 7:30pm
Late Night Hang Time: 9:30pm until whenever.

Thursday August 2nd

Breakfast : 8:00am
Morning Gathering with Pastor Whitney George: 10:00am
Lunch: 12 noon


We simply want to provide the ultimate getaway for Pastors and their spouses.

That means relaxing and casual.
All meals and gathering times are optional.
Event facilitators and speakers are always accessible.
The food is awesome.
The recreation is first class and fun.
The rooms are like a hotel stay.

When we gather to worship together, our time will be laid back and interactive. We will have conversations about living healthy lives, persevering through the challenges of ministry and reimagining what life and real church community could look like.

How to Register:

We are keeping an intimate setting and therefore, are only able to accommodate 20 Lead Pastors and their spouses.

If you are a Lead Pastor and are interested in attending, please email me back at with the following information:

Your name
Your church name
Where you live
Why you want to attend

We are looking forward to sharing some amazing days together!

Grace always,


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