|Consider Him who endured from sinners such hostility against Himself,
so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
2014 Home Missions Retreat
Sometimes the busyness of serving in ministry chokes out the necessary practice of pausing to consider what the LORD Jesus has done and is doing around us and through us. AFLC Home Missions invites you to get away for a few days to Consider Him at the 2014 Leadership Retreat in Mesa, AZ. Our retreat vision is to inspire the heart and offer practical application to the hands of the Home Mission Pastor and his wife, Parish Builder, and other key congregation leaders.
The Home Missions annual retreat has undergone a dynamic make-over; it’s 2 days longer than past years, in a new location, with a revised format that allows for lots more personal interaction. We are preparing and praying for a wonderful time of preaching, teaching, panel discussions, worship, fellowship, and revival.
We look forward to having you attend! Click here to register.
Dates: Monday, February 24 (5:30 PM) - Thursday, February 27 (3:30 pm)
Calvary Free Lutheran
590 N 96th St, Mesa, AZ 85207
Phone: (480) 981-3993
Breakfast: Host Home or by personal arrangements for those in hotels.
Lunch: Provided by and served at Calvary Free Lutheran.
Supper: Different plan each evening, organized by retreat staff. No evening sessions – but special times of fellowship each night.
**If you have any dietary restrictions, please let Calvary Free Lutheran know ASAP.
Calvary Free Lutheran is coordinating host homes for retreat attendees, in order to keep costs to a minimum. Couples will be housed together. If you prefer to stay in a motel, rather than a host home, please note that on the registration form. You will be responsible for your own housing in that case.
If you are flying, plan to arrive at the Phoenix International Airport or Mesa Gateway Airport. A flight pick-up schedule will be coordinated by the Calvary Free Lutheran staff. Email or call them with your flight schedule. There is no need to rent a car, unless you want to. Your Calvary host family will serve as your shuttle between the church and the home during the week.
There is a $50 registration fee, per person, for the retreat, or a discounted registration of $75 for both a husband and wife attending. Make check payable to AFLC Home Missions. Please fill out the registration form online. Your early registration helps us in arranging housing.
>> What To Expect
>> Retreat Schedule
- Dress casual. The temperature in Mesa is mild and temperate the end of February. You should be comfortable in short sleeves, but bring a light jacket just in case.
- WiFi access is available at the church.
- Come prepared to share a several resources (book, DVD, Bible study, software, website, etc...) that you have found helpful, either personally or in your congregation ministry as a leader/pastor.
- If you have a last minute change of plans or are delayed, call the Calvary Free Lutheran office. The Home Missions office is organizing the retreat, but Calvary staff is handling logistics.
The Home Missions Committee is planning a special Opening Banquet on Monday evening, February 24. Here is the ClifNotes version of the daily schedule. The morning will begin in God's Word at 8:30. There will be two sessions and smalll-group prayer time before noon. After lunch, we rendezvous for two more sessions and small-group prayer.
Perfection takes time. That is why we don't have a full schedule to offer you yet. Check back soon for a printable PDF schedule for the week.
>> Panel Discussion Topics
New to the Home Missions Retreat this year are panel discussions. Home Missions pastors and committee members will share their expertise on a variety of topics.
>> Post-Retreat Opportuntites
Though our retreat will formally end Thursday afternoon, you are invited to stay in Mesa for a day or two extra of personal refreshment. Desert Manna, the Calvary food bank, will open for two hours on the morning of Saturday, March 1. And, of course, the congregation would be delighted to have any present for Sunday worship as well. The Mesa area is rich with recreational and scenic opportunities after the retreat finishes.