Well-Being Retreat 2022

Well-Being Retreat will return August 22-24, 2022, to Montreat, North Carolina. Register now.

The Stories We Love to Tell     

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart." 

— Deuteronomy 6:5-6

Rooted in Deuteronomy 6:4-9, the focus of this year's retreat is what it means to love God with our entire being and how we pass the stories of our lives and faith from one generation to the next.

According to Mitch Albom, "No story sits by itself. Our lives connect like threads on a loom, interwoven in ways we never realize."

The Bible's story of God's relationship to God's people reminds us that community is essential.

Now more than ever, the way we understand our story is shaped by the way we understand ourselves and interpret the world around us. Perhaps an even greater truth is that our identities are shaped by other stories with which we have engaged — the stories of scripture and the stories we read, hear, or witness.

Our current reality is a poignant reminder of the importance of situating our lives in God's story and telling the stories about God's activity in our lives. The 2022 Well-Being Retreat will create space for participants to reflect on their story, to explore what it means to tell our stories with integrity, and to find points of connection with our siblings in Christ and to rediscover or reconnect with our place in God's grand narrative.

What you'll learn

At Well-Being Retreat, you will

  • increase your understanding of the value of living a whole and balanced life;
  • develop/refine strategies and practices to thrive in your daily life;
  • gain knowledge on topics you choose; and
  • renew your relationship with God, God's creation, and God's claim on your life.

Who should attend

Active and retired members of the Benefits Plan — including ministers, employees, spouses, and surviving spouses — are welcome.

This annual gathering is an opportunity to participate in worship, fellowship, learning, and reflection. Each retreat centers on a different theme, always related to wholeness.

For all participants, Well-Being Retreat offers time away from the usual routines to think, breathe, and renew. It is also an opportunity for ministers to recall and renew their CREDO rules of life and other learnings.

Registration

Registration for Well-Being Retreat is now open.


Costs

These events are offered at no cost to Benefits Plan members, including active and retired members and their spouses, including surviving spouses. There is no fee to register for Well-Being Retreat 2022; however, payment for lodging and a nominal meal fee must be made at the time of registration.

Board University recognizes the value of in-person participation in the Well-Being Retreat and is also mindful that, for a number of members, the costs associated with travel and lodging are prohibitive. With this in mind, a limited number of scholarships are available for the Well-Being Retreat. Additional information and application forms will be available at registration.

Workshop topics and speakers

The Well-Being Retreat turns five in 2022! Several special activities will be woven into the program as a means of celebrating the Board of Pensions' commitment to the well-being of our members.

As in previous years, we have worked diligently to develop a program that addresses topics of interest to the diversity of our members. Our workshop leaders have been prayerfully preparing for you and have a wealth of knowledge to share with you.

We are very pleased to welcome Emily Janssen, Director of Learning & Engagement, StoryCorps, to Well-Being Respite 2022. Emily will be leading a pre-retreat workshop, Holding Space for Meaningful Conversation: Lessons in Listening from StoryCorps.

Additional workshops include topics such as the following:

  • Legacy between generations: what stands and what gives?
  • Chapel of the prodigal: study of art and scripture
  • The sacred practice of listening
  • Living to remember: strategies for brain fitness
  • Social Security in your retirement strategy

Questions?

Email us with any questions.

“This event … [is] one of the best I have ever attended. It not only helped me with some of my own stuff , it gave me some great ideas to bring back to the local church. I can’t stress enough the importance of the workshops for self-care and for church care, a good balance of both.”

—Well-Being Retreat participant