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It’s Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week: Drop Your Boxes With Us

Harold at OCC drop off November 2013

November 16-23, 2015 is Operation Christmas Child Shoebox National Collection Week and The Cove is a drop-off site.

We’d love to see you!  Bring a single box, a truckload, or a busload.

We’re at 1 Porter’s Cove Road (Exit 55/I-40)
Asheville, NC 28805

Following are the hours we have a volunteer on hand to drop your boxes with:

Cove Drop-off Hours:
Monday, November 16:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 17:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 18:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 19:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, November 20:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 21:  12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 22:  1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Monday, November 23:  9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

If you’ve never packed an OCC shoebox, you’re missing out on a fun and fulfilling activity.  Each box is a gift that will communicate hope, joy, and God’s love to a child somewhere overseas.   Click here to find out exactly how to pack a box.

Don’t live close enough to us to drop your boxes with us?  Click here to find a drop-off location closer to home.

God bless you!

Come Celebrate Christmas at The Cove 2015

December 2015

Come and enjoy the beauty and warmth of the Christmas season at The Cove! Click the links below to find out more information about our 2015 Christmas events.

C@C Concerts(2)

Christmas at The Cove with Veritas
December 3, 2015SOLD OUT
December 4, 2015 - SOLD OUT
December 5, 2015

Christmas at The Cove with Tommy Coomes Band
December 7, 2015

Christmas at The Cove with Travis Cottrell
December 10, 2015

Christmas at The Cove with Marty Goetz
December 18, 2015

Christmas at The Cove with Huntley Brown
– Excerpts from Handel’s Messiah

December 19, 2015

SeniorSalt Carol Sings(1)

Come and celebrate the birth of our Savior with an inspiring devotional and your favorite Christmas carols. (click dates below for more details)

SeniorSalt Carol Sing at The Cove
with Ron Whittemore with David Gaines
December 7, 2015 - SOLD OUT
December 8, 2015 - SOLD OUT
December 14, 2015
December 15, 2015

Ladies….Be sure not to miss out!!

Womens Christmas Luncheon

Come and enjoy a festive afternoon of music, a message from Casey Schutrop, and a delicious meal. Open to women ages 15 and above. December 6, 2015 Click here for more Info!

This year, give a gift with eternal benefits.  Cove gift certificates make the perfect gift for your loved ones.   To order call 1-800-950-2092.

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Angel with Lion and Lamb in Chatlos Memorial Chapel.

Will Graham: 4 Ways to Support and Encourage Your Pastor

By Will Graham, Cove Executive Director

People often compare me to my grandfather. They may say that I look a little like him, or that I sound like him. They ask if I study his preaching style to make my delivery similar to his.

Wil and Billy Graham

Not many people, however, pick up on one similarity that has nothing to do with genetics. Before beginning our evangelistic ministries, both my grandfather and I served as pastors of local churches.

In the early 1940s, after graduating from Wheaton College, my grandfather became pastor of a church in nearby Western Springs, Ill. He preached whole-heartedly and watched his congregation grow, even as he understood it was temporary and felt a growing passion in his heart for evangelism.

Similarly, as I was finishing my studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., I was called to lead Wakefield Baptist Church, a church plant of Bay Leaf Baptist Church, where I had been a pastoral intern.

I must admit that I did not want to be a pastor. I committed my calling to God and told him, “Whatever You want me to be, whatever You want me to do for the Kingdom, I’ll do it. But please don’t make me a pastor!”

It’s not that I didn’t respect the pulpit and pastorate. Far from it! I have always had a great admiration for the saints who lead their flocks week in and week out.

But from my perspective, pastors were underappreciated and underpaid, serving long and thankless hours only to hear complaints because the message was too long or too short, the music was too contemporary or not contemporary enough. You get the picture.

Despite my misgivings, when Dr. Ron Rowe, a wonderful friend and mentor of mine, suggested I become an intern in his church, I listened to his counsel. He suggested that I may eventually end up working for my father at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) or Samaritan’s Purse, and that both organizations work closely with the local church. He thought that serving in a church would give me a good understanding and help me later in my ministry.

I became the reluctant pastor. And, my friends, I loved it! I loved almost everything about being a pastor; the congregation, the staff, the deacons and leadership teams, and opening up God’s Word every week to boldly proclaim His truths.

When the day came that I felt called to leave my church and help my father at the BGEA, I sat down at my desk and wept. Here I was in a calling I had done my best to avoid, and now I could hardly bring myself to leave. But when God tells you to go, you go.

Why am I sharing all this? It’s because October is Pastor Appreciation Month, and – as a former pastor – I want to encourage you to go out of your way in the coming weeks to encourage and uplift your pastor.

Have you ever considered how much your pastor gives, and the sacrifices that he and his family make? In many churches, the pastor is not just the preacher, but also the accountant, janitor, chaplain, librarian and counselor. He rejoices with young couples as they pledge their lives to each other, beams as he cradles an infant for dedication, and cries with families who have lost a loved one. He’s on-call 24/7/365.

Burn out is a real thing, and a real risk, when we go too long without rest. It’s no different for your pastor. He needs time to be alone in the Word, not just working on a sermon, but being filled with the Holy Spirit and the full counsel of God. He needs time away with just his wife and family to recharge and be rejuvenated for the sake of the ministry.

There are several things you can do to support and encourage your pastor this month:

  1. Pray. I’m sure most of you pray for your pastor. Thank you for doing that. If you aren’t making your pastor a focus in your prayer time, commit to do that this month. Tell your pastor that you’re praying for him.
  2. Say something. A word of affirmation and encouragement costs you nothing, but I guarantee it means so much more than you can imagine to your pastor. Tell him how much you appreciate him and his family.
  3. Break down the walls. Disagreements can arise that build up walls between people in the congregation, and between people and the pastor. I had to deal with it in my church, and my grandfather dealt with it in his church. Make Pastor Appreciation Month a time of reconciliation, where you put aside the differences and focus together on the Gospel.
  4. Provide an escape. If possible, show your pastor how much you appreciate him by surprising him and his family with a brief time of renewal. Perhaps you have a deacon in the church who can preach for a Sunday, or maybe you can offer an extra day off during the week along with a hotel stay in a nearby city that will allow him to get away to relax.

At the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, we’ve decided to make pastors a priority as well. We’ve developed Leadership Renewal Retreats which are three-day events specifically designed to refresh and rejuvenate pastors, encouraging them in their ongoing ministries. The program, lodging and meals are all free for qualified pastors and spouses. We hope that your church and pastor can take advantage of this great opportunity.

My friends, as a former pastor I can attest the great blessing it is to lead a congregation, but I can also stand here and say clearly that it isn’t easy. There are struggles. This month, show your pastor how much you appreciate him in whatever ways you can.

Will Graham
Click here for more information  and to register for a Leadership Renewal Retreat or a Pastors’ Institute (both free for pastors and their spouses) at The Cove.

If you would like to be a blessing and give to the Leadership Renewal Retreat project, click here.


What’s Happening at The Cove — November

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Fall is here and as the leaves begin to change, the magnificent display of God’s beauty is seen here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Come enjoy this beautiful time of year with us at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina.

Check out our schedule for the month of November below. Click one that interests you for more details and to register.

Come and Join Us!


Come get away on a self-directed opportunity to experience a private spiritual retreat with the focus of growing your relationship with God.

Click on the link below for November dates or call 1-800-950-2092.

November Personal Spiritual Retreats


Click on each of the links below for more information and to register. You may also call 1-800-950-2092.

Experiencing God Through The Giants of The Bible
with Henry Blackaby, Richard Blackaby, & Mike Blackaby, November2-4, 2015

SOLD OUT –Prayer: Reversed Thunder
with Anne Graham Lotz, November 6-8, 2015

SOLD OUT* – An Evening at The Cove
with Fernando Ortega, November 8, 2015
*At this time, this event is full. To be added to the waitlist please call our reservations department at 1-800-950-2092.

Empowered By Praise: How God Responds When You Revel
in His Glory

with Michael Youssef, November10-12, 2015

The Greatest Prayer Requests
with Don Wilton, Novembe17-19, 2015

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God Bless You!

What’s Happening at The Cove — October


Autumn is just around the corner and Asheville, North Carolina is one of the most beautiful sites to behold during “leaf” season.  We hope you will come enjoy God’s colorful display and His sweet presence here at The Cove.

Check out our schedule for the month of October below.  As you can see several of our events have sold out, so if you see something that interests you, we encourage you to reserve your seat right away. 


Click here to see the available October Personal Spiritual Retreat dates or call 1-800-950-2092.


Click on each of the links below for more information and to register. 

David’s Heart: Devoted but Distracted
with Stuart and Jill Briscoe, October 5-7, 2015

SeniorSalt Impact Concert
with Stephanie Seefeldt, October 5, 2015

Strength Through Grace  – SOLD OUT (Program and Lodging)
with Alistair Begg, October 12-14 , 2015

Pastors’ Institute: The Bible’s Priorities for God’s Shepherds  (Pastors & Spouses attend for just $99!)
with Alistair Begg, October 15, 2015

Solid Footings for Unstable Times: A Practical, Demystifying Study of Revelation 
with Dr. Ross S. Rhoads, October 21-23, 2015

The Invisible War: Seeing What Lies Below the Surface
with Chip Ingram, October 23-25, 2015
NOTE: Seats for seminar are available, but on-property lodging is full.  

An Evening at The Cove with – Dinner, Concert & Meet and Greet — SOLD OUT
with Annie Moses Band, October 25, 2015

Grace to Get Past Our Past
with Erwin Lutzer, October 26-28 , 2015
NOTE: Seats for seminar are available, but on-property lodging is full. 

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God Bless You!


What’s Happening at The Cove – September 2015


“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10

We’ve had a busy summer with lots of great ministry taking place on this mountain–we give thanks and praise to the Lord for that!

We’re looking forward to what we have in store for September too!  Scroll down and see what we’ve got scheduled.  We hope to see you then.


Click on the link below for September dates or call 1-800-950-2092.
September Personal Spiritual Retreats


MILITARY MARRIAGE  RETEAT— God and Family: Enhancing Your Most Important Relationships (Free to active duty military personnel & spouses.)
with Gary Chapman,  September 4-6, 2015
NOTE: Lodging is full at this time, however there is still room available in the seminar.

PASTORS’ INSTITUTE The Stewardship of Influence and Spiritual Leadership (Free to qualifying pastors & spouses.)
 with Johnny Hunt, September 8, 2015
3 rooms still available for optional “Stay Over” on the 8th.

Spiritual Infiltration: Apostasy Through Jude’s Eyes
(Free to qualifying pastors & spouses.)
with Jerry Vines,  September 9-11, 2015
NOTE: Lodging is full at this time, however there is still room available in the seminar.

SeniorCelebration— Joy for the Journey: Making Our Latter Days Our Best Days! – SOLD OUT
David Bruce with Guy Penrod,  September 14-16, 2015

Wisdom: The Greatest Gift
with R.T. Kendall,  September 20-22, 2015

What The Church Can Be
with Bob Russell,  September 22-24, 2015

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Stony Creek at The Cove

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What’s Happening at The Cove – August 2015

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I lift up my eyes to the hills. from where does my help come?  My help comes from the Lord,  who made heaven and earth. The Lord is your keeper;  the Lord is your shade on your right hand.  The sun shall not strike you by day,  nor the moon by night.”
Psalm 121: 1-2, 5-6

Make plans to attend a retreat or  The Cove this summer. Click on an event for more information and see what’s happening here during the month of August!


Click on the link below for August dates or call 1-800-950-2092.
August Personal Spiritual Retreats
Guided Personal Spiritual Retreat with John Parrish,  August 3-6, 2015


An Evening at The Cove -  Join us for dinner, concert and meet & greet with Laura Story,  August 6, 2015

When People Whine, A Prophet Prays, and God Speaks 
with Will Graham,  August 7-9, 2015
Lodging is full for this event, but we do have seats available in the auditorium.

Finding Power for Life 
with Jonathan Falwell,  August 11-13, 2015
Lodging is full for this event, but we do have seats available in the auditorium.

Grace Upon Grace
with Lloyd John Ogilvie,  August 14-16, 2015
Note: This event will mark Dr. Ogilvie’s final time speaking at The Cove, so we plan to make this a special time of celebration for him.  

SeniorSalt Impact Hymn Sing
Ron Whittemore with David Gaines,  August 18, 2015

The Unexpected Adventure of Being Salt and Light
with Lee Strobel,  August 19-21, 2015

Seasons of the Soul: Overcoming Trials and Dealing With Tension 
with Pedro Garcia,  August 21-23, 2015
Lodging is full for this event, but we do have seats available in the auditorium.

An Evening at The Cove -  Join us for dinner, concert and meet & greet with Jason Crabb,  August 23, 2015

Not I, But Christ
with Wayne Barber,  August 28-30, 2015


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Join Stormie Omartian at The Cove for a Two Day Women’s Retreat


Ladies, join us for a special two-day retreat here in Asheville at The Cove with Bible teacher and award-winning author, Stormie Omartian.

Stormie will break down these three simple choices that you can make to alter the course of your life:

  1. Receive His love for us.
  2. Express our wholehearted love for Him.
  3. Love others.

When you make these simple choices each day, you will see how God can transform your life and the lives of those around you forever.

Grab a friend, neighbor, sister, daughter, or maybe even your whole Sunday school class and join us July 31-August 1, 2015 for this special opportunity to step away from the daily distractions of life and dig into God’s word with other women who have hearts to love God more and make an impact in their circle of influence.

As an additional blessing, singer, songwriter, and author Gwen Smith will be leading worship during the retreat.

Click here to register or call 1-800-950-2092.

If you’d like to extend your stay a bit and enjoy some rest and refreshment before the seminar begins, request the Come Early option.

Saturday Snapshot

This photo captures a sweet moment of refreshment and fellowship on the Training Center deck for a group of chaplain volunteers attending a four-day training retreat at The Cove this week.

The chaplains, who minister to the brokenhearted in the aftermath of disasters, are attending training classes to equip them to support the emotional and spiritual needs of those they come across in their work.

Click here to read a full article on this crisis ministry conference.

chaplains from RRT on TC deck outside June 2015

Would you like to host your group’s next retreat, conference or ministry program at The Cove?  Click here to find out more about our facility and how we can meet your group’s needs.

What’s Happening at The Cove – July 2015

COMING TO(1)“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,  and the flame shall not consume you.” Isaiah 43:2

During the month of July, the sun shines down through the miles of trees that cover the grounds at The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove.  Come grow closer to the Lord and bask in His goodness and beauty while attending one of our events in July.

Check out our schedule for the month of July below.


Click on the link below for July dates or call 1-800-950-2092.
July Personal Spiritual Retreats


The Book of Zechariah and the Coming of The Lord

with Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.,  July  6-10, 2015

The Cause: Strengthen Your Faith for College!

with Sean McDowell, July  10-12, 2015
(Free lodging seminar—pay program fee only—meals included! Student pastors/pastors attend for free with 4 student registrations.)

An Evening at The Cove
Join us for dinner, concert and meet & greet.

with Michael Card,  July 12, 2015

Hesed: A Portrait of God

with Michael Card,  July  13-17, 2015

SeniorCelebration— From Faith-lite to Faith-full: How God Can Transform Ordinary You
Lon Allison with Steve Amerson,  July 20-22, 2015

Encountering Jesus
with John Munro,  July  24-26, 2015

WOMEN’S  SEMINAR—Choose Love: How Three Simple Choices Can Alter the Course of Your Life
with Stormie Omartian,  July 31-August 1, 2015

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Sunset at the Cove

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