GETTYSBURG. Revitalization! was the theme of the 2016 Pastors Retreat held at the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel in Gettysburg, PA. Bill Henard who was recently called to be the Executive Director of the West Virginia Baptist Convention was the speaker leading us through revitalizing the church. The sessions were described as “very helpful,” “absolutely wonderful,” “necessary,” and “encouraging.”

Carl Kreamer (NorthPointe Community Church) enthusiastically led the worship for each session and different pastors shared testimonies of God’s work at each session.

Former Country & Town pastor, Chuck Teague, shared with the group about the importance of the words in the Gettysburg address. He also led a tour on Tuesday afternoon.

A highlight of the retreat is always the fellowship that takes place amongst the pastors. This year that was taken to a new level with a cook-out held at the Memorial Baptist Church, Gettysburg, where Steve Baker is the pastor.

A large grill was set out and some really big steaks were grilled for the pastors. The Healthy Churches Team chefs took turns working at the grill joined by James Hogan. They also enjoyed ‘cooler corn’ a new tradition for us.

Even more than the vast array of food, though, was the fellowship enjoyed that evening. Pastors playing basketball or ladder ball and sitting around nibbling on appetizers while the steaks cooked created a time of great relaxation. The meal was rounded out with smores cooked over the fire pits.

When asked in an evaluation about what they would like to see added to the retreat, many of the pastors mentioned times of prayer. That will be worked in for the next retreat.

Watch BRN United for information about next year’s Pastor/Wife Retreat to be held in the spring.