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Church Staff Retreats at The Cove in August

Is a 2-Day Church Staff Retreat at The Cove for you?

If you answer yes to any of the questions below, then pack your bags and get away to a place where you can focus on the needs of your church and its shepherd.

• Would you like to get away for two days and focus on your ministry vision without the interruptions that occur in daily life?

• Would you like to “understand” the needs of your flock better?

• Would you like to learn how to communicate more effectively?

• Is your church in conflict?

• Is your “tank” running low when everyone is looking to you to spiritually fill their “tanks”?

• Would you like to transform your ministry?

Our two-day retreats are designed for church ministry staff and para-church ministry teams.  The retreats will feature solid inspirational biblical teaching by experienced ministry leaders (see your fantastic choices below) with time and space created for individual ministry teams to meet on their own for strategic planning, prayer, group interaction and reflection.

For a snapshot of a typical retreat schedule click here

Now that you have decided that this is just what the doctor ordered, read on for details on what will be covered, our speakers, date options and cost. 

Stuart McAllister head shot for 2013“Do You Speak Klingon?” Creating Bridges Between the Gospel and Culture
Church Staff Retreat with Stuart McAllister – August 8-9

When it comes to proclaiming the unchanging Gospel of Jesus Christ to an American culture—which is always changing, there are many challenges to effective communication.

What are the best avenues to build bridges—to translate—between the Good News and the lost in today’s world?

Come explore ways to better understand your audience.

Learn how to help your ministry team think strategically about the work of translation today as you consider how to do evangelism better in your local setting.

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:
Stuart McAllister is North American regional director and vice-president of training for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. A native of Scotland, he is a renowned speaker, writer, and an associate fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University (Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics). He formerly served as general secretary of the European Evangelical Alliance and has been involved with the European Lausanne Committee.

To register for your retreat with Stuart McCallister, click here or call 1-800-950-2092. 

BreakthroughMichael Catt for 2013!
Church Staff Retreat with Michael Catt – August 15-16

In every church, there comes a point where we hit a ceiling or a wall.

It could be in relationship, within a ministry, with other leaders, or even within our own staff.

Come explore the dynamic lives of Abraham and Nehemiah in God’s Word.

Gain practical, biblical principles to help you experience breakthroughs in times of conflict, in leadership, in vision, and in your own personal walks.

Discover together ways to build momentum and see your ministry transformed!

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:
Michael Catt is senior pastor at 3,000 member Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., and is featured on the nationally-syndicated television broadcast “Path to Truth.” He is also the co-founder of Sherwood Pictures (Facing the Giants, Fireproof, Courageous), founder of the ReFRESH™ conferences, editor of the leadership resource site 2ProphetU.com, and former president of the 2008 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference.

To register for your retreat with Michael Catt, click here or call 1-800-950-2092. 

COST:
$129 per person, with a special reduced group rate of just $99 per person for groups of 3 or more!
Come Early and/or Stay Over opportunities will also be provided for those desiring an extended retreat time.

May God bless your ministry abundantly!

Jesus Through The Centuries

By Stuart McAllister

Walking along the road with his followers one day, Jesus asked the question, “Who do people say I am?” The disciples offered a summary of the prevailing and popular views. There seemed to be a range of perspectives and a diversity of opinions amongst the people. Jesus then asked those closest to him, those he was mentoring, the ones who were captivated by him and committed to him: “Who do you say that I am?” Peter famously replied, “You are the Christ.” To any normal Jewish hearer, this meant Jesus was being recognized as the Messiah, the Hope of Israel, the promise of redemption.

From the birth of Christ to the present time, controversy has surrounded the name of Jesus. Was he a Jewish rebel, struggling against the status quo? Was he a religious zealot
eager to throw off the shackles of Rome? Was he a mysterious prophet come to impart sacred wisdom to the masses? Was he a good man whose moral example is simply a model for humanity? Was he a legend created by those with a penchant for myth? Was he a symbol constructed for a power-hungry religious empire?

From the earliest rejections of Jesus’s claims about his identity to historical debates ever
since, we now arrive in the era of vitriolic atheism and the culture of suspicion. It never ceases to amaze me how one question asked 2000 years ago can elicit such diverse, conflicting, and passionate discussion. Yet the question is one of such value that a degree of diligence and vigor is rightly demanded. Modern and postmodern claims that the Christian faith is something intellectually untenable have been ably addressed by writers such as Alister McGrath, N. T. Wright, Ben Witherington, Jr., Darrell Bock, and many more. Jaroslav Pelikan’s Jesus Through the Centuries and Philip Yancey’s The
Jesus I Never Knew
are good popular writings on the continuing quest to
rediscover Jesus.

Moreover, long before our quests or attacks on the historical Jesus, ancient writings pointedly answered the question of Christ’s identity. Writing to the young church in the city of Colossae, the apostle Paul wrote these startling words about Jesus: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:15-17). Against the backdrop of Roman Imperial rule and power, these words would have been immensely subversive, a direct challenge to the reigning worldview. Indeed, the central conflict for the Christian became: Who is Lord—Caesar or Jesus? The outcome of this decision was costly, but as history demonstrates, it led to the gospel’s eventual penetration of the heart of Roman power.

Who is Jesus? This question remains as pertinent today as it was to those who were first asked. Is he a mere legend, as some would claim? Volumes of good New Testament studies
have been written that easily refute this claim. Or was he then, as C. S. Lewis asked, a lunatic (one who merely thought he was God), a liar (one who made horrendously false and misleading claims), or indeed, the Son of God?

In Matthew 11:28, Jesus invites those who are weary to come to him. Many centuries earlier, the prophet Jeremiah spoke of the wisdom and insight available to any and all true
seekers: “You shall seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart,” proclaims the divine heart. Perhaps if we meet these conditions, we may find ourselves in for a surprise. Who do you say that he is?

Join Stuart at The Cove in Asheville, NC on August 1-3, 2012 for his seminar titled Conversations That CountClick here to register or call 1-800-950-2092.

A native of Scotland, Stuart McAllister is North American Regional Director and Vice President of Training at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a renowned speaker, writer, and an associate fellow at Oxford University. Stuart speaks all over the globe with the same passion for the Gospel that he found when he first became a believer. Stuart is a frequent contributor to A Slice of Infinity, RZIM’s daily reading on issues of apologetics and philosophy, Just Thinking, the ministry’s tri-annual journal, as well as Engage, a magazine published quarterly by RZIM Educational Trust. Visit his website here to learn more.