Couples in Ministry

October 17-20, 2016


Unique personal and professional challenges, rewards, and successes are present in the life of clergy couples. Explore your calls to ministry as a couple, talk with other couples who share your unique situation, and enjoy some time to simply reconnect with your spouse. Experience and participate in activities and discussions with retreat leaders that encourage us to celebrate God’s goodness through looking, laughing and listening.

  • Talk formally and informally with other couples about successes, challenges, and common issues as couples in ministry
  • Enjoy Mo-Ranch and spend time with your spouse/family
  • Bring your families! Childcare is provided during conference events
  • Enjoy “Date Night” with your spouse

Our 2016 leaders arwalker cleavelands -3-29-2016e Adam and Sarah Walker Cleaveland.

Adam has served churches in Idaho, California, Oregon and Illinois. He loves drawing (especially with his four year old son Caleb), getting addicted to good TV shows and spending time with his family. His wife Sarah is also a pastor and serves the Winnetka Congregational Church. If you want to connect more with Adam, you can follow him at @adamwc on most social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or at any of his sites, including AWC Illustrations, and Pomomusings.

Sarah Walker Cleaveland is a pastor and spiritual director living and working outside of Chicago. She believes that God is all about love, can be found in the midst of almost anything, appreciates irreverence, and has (at times) an irritating sense of humor. She also of the opinion that children are the best, unscripted Children’s Moments are great fun, and the best stories can be found in the Old Testament. When she’s not working, which is admittedly not as frequent as it should be, Sarah loves spending time with her four-year-old son, practicing/learning woodworking, and schooling Adam in the particulars of good grammar.

Example Schedule

2016 Couples in Ministry Sched DRAFT

All participants will be housed in Wynn/Flato Lodge hotel rooms which each have 2 queen beds and a full bath.

Cost is all-inclusive: 8 meals, lodging and tuition.

Adults: $235

Children 5-17: $100

Children 0 – 4: $0

Registration/Cancellation Policy

A deposit must accompany registration. The balance of all fees will be due 60 days prior to the start of the event, or upon registration if within 60 days full payment is required at the time of registration.

Full refund less $75.00 administrative fee per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 10 days prior to the conference.

There are generally no refunds for cancellations received on or after 10 days prior to the start of the event nor any applying of the deposit toward other charges or future deposits.

Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.

Arrival and Departure

Conference registration begins at 4:00 p.m. on Friday and the conference concludes before lunch on Sunday.

What to Bring

Bible, notebook, flashlight, hair dryer, rain gear. Linens are provided. Bring shoes suitable for Mo-Ranch’s rocky, uneven terrain.


Mo-Ranch is 90 miles one-way, or a 2 hour drive from the nearest airport (SAT), allow 3 hours travel/check-in time for departures. We recommend generally scheduling arriving flights before 3 p.m. and departing flights after 3 p.m. to be sure you do not miss any of your event.

If you are in need of shuttle service to Mo-Ranch, call Kars for Hire in Kerrville at (830) 329-2360 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport. (Directions to Mo)

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