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Pastors Convene for Reflective Planning Retreat

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The retreat featured practical seminars and personal time for reflection and planning.

A group of Chesapeake Conference pastors gathered at the Bon Secours Retreat Center in Marriottsville, Md., from Nov. 13-14 for a two-day retreat focusing on ministry planning for 2024.

In addition to personal time for prayer and strategizing, pastors also listened to presentations on practical subjects such as setting effective goals and constructing a sermonic calendar. Participants appreciated the balance between structured learning and self-guided reflection.

Elvis Mogoi, senior pastor of the West Wilmington (Del.) church, expressed gratitude for the retreat. “I sincerely thank God for giving the ministerial leadership the insight to have a pastors’ retreat. I needed it. It gave me an opportunity to slow down and refocus. It is simply amazing what God can do in two days,” said Mogoi.

Dan Darrikhuma, pastor of the Waldorf (Md.) church, highlighted the retreat’s serene environment and its role in fostering a reflective atmosphere. “Bon Secours Retreat Center offered a very peaceful atmosphere and set a reflective tone as we received instruction on how to put together a sermonic calendar. The experience of our fellow pastors was very informative, and the interaction the pastors had with one another created quite a sense of team,” Darrikhuma shared.

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