Retreat for Rural Clergy, Sept 12-14

News Article June 28, 2022
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.” — Jesus (Matthew 11:29, MSG)

Hinton Rural Life Center is hosting a renewal retreat for rural clergy, Sept 12-14, 2022. (Hinton is a retreat and mission outreach agency of the Southeastern Jurisdiction.) Conference cabinets have been encouraging all clergy to take time for renewal. With its specialization in rural communities and ministry, Hinton wants to offer this retreat that brings rural clergy together and provides rural resources and encouragement for those who face the unique challenges that accompany rural ministry settings.

This renewal retreat for United Methodist clergy serving rural appointments offers opportunities to breathe deep, exhale, commune with nature, rest, and take in scenic views of Lake Chatuge and the Appalachian Mountains that will restore your soul. Options for this lightly-scheduled retreat include morning and evening devotions, conversations with seasoned pros on rural ministry topics (for those who want some content!), delicious meals with your rural ministry colleagues, campus amenities, and area activities. (You may also extend your stay by contacting

The resource team includes District Superintendent Rev. Telley Gadson, SC; seminary adjunct professor and local pastor, Dr. Jonathan LeMaster-Smith, WNCC; and worship leader Tom Conlon, Virginia.
Cost: $300 -- Includes 2-nights lodging, 5 meals, resource leaders, and Hinton amenities. Registration deadline is September 1.
Additional info and registration link/form are at