A life in ministry can be richly rewarding for professional church workers and their families. It can also be tremendously demanding and stressful. The mission of Grace Place Wellness is to “nurture vitality and joy in ministry by inspiring and equipping church workers to lead healthy lives.” The nineteen couples and one single church worker who attended the retreat strongly affirmed that the goal was accomplished!
Held at the Resort at Squaw Creek near Lake Tahoe on June 20-24, the retreat was sponsored jointly by the three LCMS districts of the west coast. Participants came from as far away as Seattle and Los Angeles. Because of the generosity of Dr. Matthew Gornet and Dr. Valerie Ratts, along with the support of 3 districts, California/Nevada/Hawaii, Northwest and Pacific Southwest, couples attended the five day retreat for a registration fee of only $250.
“Self-care is not self-ish,” said Rev. Dr. Zimmerman. “It’s like the oxygen mask speech on the airplane: first be sure you’re in good shape, then care for those dependent on you.”