Tickets to a Kentucky Baptist Convention event for pastors and wives were snatched up at near neck-breaking speed, cementing Shepherding’s success as a perennial favorite.
“Shepherding has been popular since its inception,” said KBC Church Consulting and Revitalization Team Leader Steve Rice. “The vision was to offer a place for pastors and their wives to get away, be refreshed, and get recharged.”
More than 140 couples scrambled to secure a spot at the popular weekend retreat, while about a dozen remain on standby in the case of an unlikely cancelation.
“Every year, we see numerous couples who attend year after year, but we also continue to see first-timers,” Rice said. “I believe that first-timers find that Shepherding is a great place to connect with their spouse, with other couples, and with KBC staff in a relaxed setting.”
Husband and wife ministry teams use their time at Shepherding to grow closer to God and learn how to be better overseers of the church.
The three-day event draws its name from Acts 20:28, "Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood."
“God loves His church deeply and He loves those who serve His church. He understands the challenges and the pressures pastors and their wives face,” Rice said.
The weekend retreat provides a relaxed atmosphere where ministry couples experience renewal, strengthen marital relationships and encounter God through worship and inspirational speakers.
“We try our best to give the absolute best that we can to couples who attend – the best hotel, the best rooms, the best food, the best speakers and music – because they deserve the best,” Rice said.
Keeping the price of admission at a fraction of the cost is also a priority, Rice said, and only possible because of the unwavering commitment of Kentucky Baptist Convention Executive Director Paul Chitwood, the faithful giving of KBC churches through the Cooperative Program, and the continued partnership of Baptist Health.