Leading Well Learning Retreat

Leading Well Learning Retreat

NOVEMBER 16 – 19, 2021

Leading Well Learning Retreat

JOIN US . . . for a four-day training experience for pastors, diaconal ministers and church leaders that offers practical learning, Sabbath rest and collegial support.


  • Renew yourself through worship, prayer, rest and fellowship.
  • Practice living and leading well as you build on your gifts and strengths.
  • Inspire team members to be creative, collaborative and conscious of God’s presence in their lives.
  • Learn ways to interpret your ministry context and adapt to changing ministry environment.
  • Gain wisdom from your colleagues around a variety of ministry issues.


DAY ONE – Tuesday

  • Becoming a Healing Community
  • Learning the Rhythm of Ceasing
  • Naming Intentions for the Week

DAY TWO – Wednesday

  • Rest As Resistance
  • Longings and Losses
  • Naming Competing Commitments

DAY THREE – Thursday

  • Becoming a Place of Healing
  • Spiritual Growth & Communal Listening
  • Living the Priesthood of All Believers

DAY FOUR – Friday

  • Naming Tools for the Journey Together (Crowd-sourcing)
  • Designing Your Leadership Plan
  • Blessing in Our Baptismal Call


  • Pastors of small and large churches who desire to work from a sense of rest and renewal.
  • Diaconal ministers and program staff who work with ministry teams.
  • Diaconal and health ministers who support wellness ministry initiatives.
  • Newly called ministry leaders who seek to rethink and reimagine ministry in new ways.
  • Judicatory leaders seeking develop healthy cultures and systems in faith communities.


Your facilitators for the Leading Well Learning Retreat include:

  • Tammy Devine, Worship Leader, Facilitator & Coach
  • Jim LaDoux, Retreat Host, Facilitator & Coach
  • Matthew Short, Worship Leader, Facilitator & Chaplain
  • John Weit, Musician & Facilitator


Price per person (fees vary based on the type of accommodation chosen):

  • One person, private room : $950 per person (*Available for Medical Reasons Only!)
  • Two people, two in a room : $850 per person, shared bathroom
  • Commuter Off-site housing : $650 per person (9 meals & hospitality incl. on site)
  • Special rate for non-participating spouse in shared room: $450 per person

All-inclusive Program Fee includes tuition, event preparation, participant materials, housing (if desired), 9 meals and on-site hospitality.

For Approved Siebert Grant Participants: Please register using the “SIEBERT” options. NO PAYMENT IS REQUIRED for Double accommodations. A payment of $150 is required for those requesting a Single room (for Medical Reasons Only!). NOTE: The number of single rooms available at Spirit in the Desert is limited. Rooms will be reserved on a first come-first served basis for those with legitimate medical needs. Off-site accommodations are also available (commuter rates apply).

For those staying at Spirit in the Desert: For Early Arrival, please make arrangements directly with Guest Services at Spirit in the Desert, 480.488.5218 or denise@spiritinthedesert.org. Payment for early arrivals will be collected by Spirit in the Desert.

The Leading Well Retreat is developed and produced through Vibrant Faith.