Church of God by Faith Ministry Retreats
Biblical History of Faith Leaders Taking Retreats
Jesus recognized clearly in Mark 6:31 that his disciples were exhausted so he “said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart* into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.”
…So yes, Christ planned the Retreat
“The tender care Christ took for their repose, after the fatigue they had (v. 31); He said unto them, perceiving them to be almost spent, and out of breath, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest awhile….
Note, Christ takes cognizance of the frights of some, and the toils of others, of his disciples, and provides suitable relief for both, rest for those that are tired, and refuge for those that are terrified.
With what kindness and compassion doth Christ say to them, Come, and rest! Note, The most active servants of Christ cannot be always upon the stretch of business, but have bodies that require some relaxation, some breathing-time; we shall not be able to serve God without ceasing, day and night, till we come to heaven, where they never rest from praising him, Rev. 4″:
The Importance of Separating From the Members
“And the Lord is for the body, considers its frame, and not only allows it time for rest, but puts it in mind of resting. Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers. Return to thy rest. And those that work diligently and faithfully, may cheerfully retire to rest. The sleep of the labouring man is sweet. But observe, 1. Christ calls them to come themselves apart; for, if they had any body with them, they would have something to say, or something to do, for their good; if they must rest, they must be alone.”
It is within this spirit that the Church of God by Faith recognizes and values the need for servants to separate and rest.
COGBF Pastors’ and Ministers’ Retreat
This retreat is held annually (most often) at the Orange Lake Resort and Country Club in Kissimmee, FL. Attendees of this retreat combines rest and relaxation with planned events. It is a time for ByFaith clergy to fellowship in a non=-church setting and recharge for the work to come. Read more here.
COGBF Deacons’ and Deaconesses Retreat
This retreat was developed to equip faithful COGBF deacons and deaconesses in meeting the on-going challenges and changes in this present age. We strive to help our local and district churches be administratively and financially sound while maintaining our spiritual focus. Read more here.
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