This is an opportunity for pastors to experience renewal in their ministry with their peers and the Lord.
The Small Church Pastor’s Retreat at Mo-Ranch provides clergy who shepherd small flocks with opportunities for study, reflection and recreation. Join us for some R&R, as well as some renewal of your mind, heart and vocation!
This retreat allows pastors to step away from the myriad demands upon them, and to experience renewal in their ministry while being led by Rev. Karen Ware Jackson during keynote discussions! Karen is the pastor of a vibrant, diverse and small congregation who loves small churches and believes in their power to impact their communities. Click the leadership tab to learn more about Karen!
Rev. Karen Ware Jackson
Karen Ware Jackson is the pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church, a vibrant, diverse and small congregation in Greensboro, NC. She loves small churches and believes in their power to impact their communities and model the Kingdom of God for the world.
As the mother of two kids who worship front and center, she knows firsthand the joys and challenges of leading worship for all ages. She is passionate about preaching, praising and praying in intergenerational spaces. Karen, a Corpus Christi native, names Mo-Ranch as one of her spiritual homes and is excited to connect with her fellow small church pastors on this holy ground. Check out her resources for church leaders and writing for congregations at www.karenwarejackson.com.
Cost and Housing
All participants will be housed in hotel room lodging. Learn more about your hotel lodging, Wynne Flato, by clicking here!
Double hotel room occupancy: $450
Single hotel room occupancy: $660
Commuter rate: $215 (Excludes housing at Mo-Ranch. Includes tuition, lunch and dinner during the retreat.)
Costs of three nights of lodging, meals, tuition and meeting spaces are all included with retreat pricing.
Want to bring your spouse? They can join you for just $120 by registering with single occupancy for you and the spouse rate for them! They are welcome to join in worship and free time activities and will enjoy all meals here, too.
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.
Did you know special scholarships are available for pastor education opportunities? Click here to learn requirements and apply for: training event scholarships, grants for small churches located in Texas, & Hispanic Latino Continuing Education Fund.
Mo-Ranch scholarships are also available! Click here to learn more.
Arrival and Departure
Conference registration begins at 4 p.m. Monday, October 15. Dinner is served from 5:30-7 p.m. The opening plenary will be at 7:00 p.m. Conference ends Thursday, October 18, following worship.
What to Bring
Bring a 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) 890-8200 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport.