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Couples in Ministry Retreat

9 Ways to Wholeness:
The transformative power of Enneagram Wisdom for our lives and congregations

September 30-October 3, 2019

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Embracing the vocation of ministry and living fully into that calling requires all the energy, intelligence, imagination and love that we can muster. The challenges of serving in ministry are compounded when two people who are committed to one another both serve in ministry! Whether the two of you serve in the same context or in separate places of ministry, this retreat is for you! We will spend time talking about the joys, challenges, pitfalls and blessings of serving as a couple in ministry.

Explore and revisit your vocation (both as individuals and as a couple) this week with Beth and Rob Mueller as they take us on a journey with the Enneagram. The Enneagram is an ancient, dynamic system for understanding ourselves and others. Unlike many of the more static personality typing models, the Enneagram leads us to deep self-awareness and personal transformation, helping us discover our true selves, beyond our ego and default behaviors. The Enneagram doesn’t put you in a box, but helps you see the box you already inhabit and offers ways to get out! The nine ways of experiencing and being in the world articulated by the Enneagram help us live beyond our knee-jerk, default reactions and behaviors and engage the world with more compassion and understanding.

The applications and implications of the Enneagram for church leaders are staggering! It offers us deep insights into our own default behaviors as well as the behaviors of others. It also offers us a road map in understanding the varying spiritual needs of people and insights for spiritual wholeness for leaders, individuals and congregations.

There will also be time for some rest and relaxation as well as time to reconnect, to play and to enjoy some time away with your significant other. It doesn’t matter whether or not both of you are ordained; that is not a requirement. If you understand yourselves as both being engaged in some form of ministry, this retreat is for you. Childcare will be provided during “adult/parent time.” 

Scholarships are available, so don’t let money be the reason keeping you from attending!

Questions? We’re happy to help! Contact us at 1.800.460.4401 ext. 246 or registrar@moranch.org.

Beth and Rob Mueller

Beth currently serves as the senior director of worship arts at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas. An artist at heart, she loves music, cooking (and Mexican vanilla!), pottery and creating places of hospitality and welcome for people – whether that is at her kitchen table or in communities of faith enveloped in fellowship and worship. Beth has served on both the local and national Presbyterian Youth ministry scene: as a keynote speaker, worship, and music leader at various conferences; with the Presbyterian Youth Triennium; editing “New Song 1 & 2” (a songbook for youth ministry); with the Arts & Recreation Workshop at Montreat; and as a resource to youth ministry colleagues across the Presbyterian Church (USA). She is one of the emerging experts on the Enneagram as it is explored in faith communities, and with Rob, enjoys opening people to transformation, community and a greater understanding of themselves and God’s grace in Jesus Christ. Beth and Rob have been married since 2014 and bring a unique perspective to serving as a couple in ministry. Both are busy, sometimes over-committed and commute to and from different contexts, yet seek to embrace their individual and joint vocations with energy, intelligence, imagination and love.

Rob was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1987 and has been the pastor of Divine Redeemer Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, Texas since 1994. Rob loves to hug people, hike, fish, garden, dance (to almost anything), practice yoga at the beginning of the day, sing karaoke (Spanish and English), climb rocks, take photos, write poetry, kayak, travel, brew his own beer, make designer venison sausage (you have to taste it to believe it!) and ride his motorcycle. Rob’s involvement in the wider Presbyterian church has included serving Mission Presbytery on the spiritual life division, keynoting for youth mid-winter conferences and serving as chair of the Hispanic Ministry committee. Rob was instrumental in the launch of Mission Presbytery’s Guatemala partnership and served on that team for over a decade. He has served as a chaplain at the John Knox Ranch—Mission Presbytery’s camp and retreat center. Rob was elected a commissioner to the General Assembly in 2006. In 2009, the presbytery elected him to serve as moderator for 2010 and 2011 and simultaneously served as the chair of the General Council of the presbytery during 2011. Rob’s passion is for local neighborhood mission and community development as a necessary ministry for the local congregation, and he balances that passion with silence and contemplative prayer as essential spiritual disciplines in his life. He recently authored a book with fellow San Antonio pastor Krin Van Tatenhove called “Neighborhood Church: Transforming Your Congregation Into a Powerhouse for Mission” (Westminster John Knox Press, 2019).

Cost and Housing

Hotel-style lodging accommodations will be available for reservation.

Price per couple: $600

Registration/Cancellation

A $75.00 deposit must accompany registration. The balance of all fees will be due 45 days prior to the start of the event, or upon registration if within 45 days full payment is required at the time of registration. Full refund minus $75.00 administrative fee per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 30 days prior to the conference. There are generally no refunds for cancellations received on or after 30 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.

What to Bring

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

Transportation

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) 890-8200 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport.

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