Preaching Pastors’ Retreat

Session 1: May 19-21, 2014
Session 2: October 22-29, 2014


Sponsored by the Pastoral Support Committee – Sacramento Presbytery

The Pastoral Support Committee of the Sacramento Presbytery is happy to announce that Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center will co-sponsor two Preaching Pastors’ events. Mark your calendars now because the first event is coming soon – Monday, May 19th through Wednesday, May 21st, 2014, and the second event for this year has been scheduled for October 22-29, 2014.

Session 1 – Featured Presenter: Leonard Sweet


“Advance”

South African columnist Matthew Parris, in the NewRepublic.com, made an arresting observation: “An age is coming when machines will be able to do everything. But how will we know a machine is not conscious – how do we know another human being is conscious? There is only one way. When it starts to play. In playfulness lies the highest expression of the human spirit. Doing pointless, purposeless things, just for fun. Being silly for the sake of being silly. Taking pleasure in activities that do not advantage us and have nothing to do with our survival. Caprice. Frolic. Joke. Jest. Dance. These are the highest signs of intelligence. It is when a creature, having met and surmounted all the practical needs that face him, decides to dance that we know we are in the presence human.”

The 2014 “Preaching Pastors’ Retreat” (or what Dr. Sweet prefers to call an “Advance”) will explore the role of play in the life of faith. Of particular focus will be the future of Protestantism, as it approaches its 500th Anniversary in 2017, and whether the “Protestant Work Ethic” will be an asset or impediment in the 21st century with our 22nd century kids.

The basic text for this “advance” will be Dr. Sweet’s new release, “The Well-Played Life: Why Pleasing God Doesn’t Have To Be Such Hard Work.” The working title for the book, which was nixed by the publishers, was “You Don’t ‘Work’ A Violin.” Based on the micro and macro creation accounts in Genesis 1 and 2, Dr. Sweet argues that the highest artistry, beauty and excellence come out of a play mode, not a work mode. And that the church must rediscover the role of play in the life of faith, or as he puts it, “Play is the oxygen for creativity, which sparks imagination, which ignites innovation, which combusts in paradigm shifts and revolution.”


Leonard Sweet, an ordained United Methodist pastor, is the E. Stanley Jones Professor at Drew University and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at George Fox University, Portland OR. He has authored nearly 60 books and over 1300 published sermons, and is perhaps best known for his forward thinking ideas about the church. He was voted one of the 50 Most Influential Christians in America, and continues to write and speak prophetically about the church. “Dr. Sweet has been on our radar for some time now and we are honored to have this phenomenal man serve as our guest speaker this year”, says Rev. Dr. Pamela Anderson, Pastoral Support Committee Chair. For more information, visit his website, leonardsweet.com.


Information on the October plenary speaker is coming soon…

Schedule of Events – May 19-21, 2014

Monday, May 19

3:00pm – 6:00pm Registration
Tallac Center Lobby
6:00pm Dinner
Tallac Center Dining Hall
7:00pm Plenary 1
Inspiration Point Meeting Room

Tuesday, May 20

8:00am Breakfast
Tallac Center Dining Hall
9:00am – 10:15am Plenary 2
Inspiration Point Meeting Room
10:45am – 12:00pm Plenary 3
Inspiration Point Meeting Room
12:00pm Lunch
Tallac Center Dining Hall
1:00pm – 6:00pm Afternoon Freetime
 
6:00pm Dinner
Tallac Center Dining Hall
7:00pm Plenary 4
Inspiration Point Meeting Room

Wednesday, May 21

8:00am Breakfast
Tallac Center Dining Hall
9:00am – 10:30am Plenary 5
Inspiration Point Meeting Room
10:30am – 11:00am Worship
Inspiration Point Meeting Room

Safe Travel Home


Registration Fees

Per Pastor $165

  • Includes meals: Monday dinner through Wednesday breakfast
  • Balance due by Friday, May 9th