Leading Well Training Experience

Leading Well Training Experience

NOVEMBER 14 – 17, 2023

Leading Well Training Experience

Our four-day training experience for pastors, deacons, and church leaders offers a unique blend of practical skill development along with worship, retreat, and sharing of best practices. 


  • 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

  • Reflections and stories about living well
  • Reflections and stories about leading well
  • Learning to be present and curious

DAY TWO – Wednesday

  • Listening to Scripture and each other
  • Naming God’s activity
  • Storytelling as the basis for discipleship
  • Storytelling as the basis for stewardship
  • Embedding storytelling into uour churches

DAY THREE – Thursday

  • Embracing disruptive changes as doors to deeper mission
  • Anticipating and preparing for disruption
  • Rethinking our congregational norms

DAY FOUR – Friday

  • Creative crowd-sourcing session
  • Using crowd-sourcing in or congregations
  • Naming our ONE THING and ONE WORD


  • Pastors of small and large churches who desire to raise up spiritual elders. 
  • Deacons and program staff who work with ministry teams. 
  • Deacons 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:


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

  • One person, private room : $1,050 per person
  • Two people, two in a room : $950 per person, shared bathroom
  • Commuter Off-site housing : $725 per person (9 meals & hospitality incl. on site)
  • Special rate for non-participating spouse in shared room: $500 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. 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.