Preaching Pastors’ Retreat

Session 1: May 2-4, 2016
Session 2: October 3-5, 2016


Sponsored by the Pastoral Support Committee – Sacramento Presbytery

With the grant that the Sacramento Presbytery was awarded, the cost in only $50 for all PC(USA) Ministers of the Word and Sacrament in the western five Synods. Invite your friends!

Session 1 – Featured Presenter: Kang Na

May 2-4, 2016

Familiar Scripture, Fresh Reading

We read in the New Testament: A new song (Psalm 33.3), A new covenant (Jeremiah 31.31), New wine (Matthew 9.17), A new commandment (John 13.34), Renewing of our minds (Romans 12.1), A new creation (2 Corinthians 5.17), A new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 21.1).

Then we read in Isaiah 43.19 “I am about to do a new thing; . . . do you not perceive it?” Our reply is, sometimes—often?—“no.” How might we think of our new (baptismal) life in Christ, spiritual renewal, our faith journey, and our church life in terms of new? How might we attain new perspectives on the scriptures that we have known so long? One of the important “methods” of preparing ourselves for seeing and hearing God’s Word afresh, especially those beloved and familiar parts of the Bible we know all too well, is to indeed follow Yoda’s  lesson, “You must unlearn what you have learned.”

We will:
– Think theologically & spiritually toward fresh hearings of scripture – or in Reformed terms, become more attentive to the inner witness of the Holy Spirit

-Review biblical interpretation with practices toward fresh readings of old, familiar texts and focus on curiosity & question formation

-Have the Force with us!


Kang Na is an Associate Professor of Religion at Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA), where he teaches courses on the Bible, biblical interpretation, and Reformed theology. His area of specialty is the New Testament (Paul’s letters in particular) and hermeneutics (the science of interpretation). The son of first-generation Christian parents, he was baptized 13 June 1965 in South Korea, moved to Tennessee just before turning ten, and since then has lived, studied, taught, and served churches in various places in New Jersey, Korea, Atlanta, Germany, and New York City. He earned an AB at Princeton University, a M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary, and a PhD in New Testament from Emory University. He is a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) who enjoys music (violin, guitar, piano), food, exercising, computers and tech gadgets, traveling, fixing things, and riding his Harley. The most significant among his many passions are his wife, Amy, and their three children Christian (19), Laura (17), and Sofia (16).

Session 2 – Featured Presenter: Lillian Daniel

October 3-5, 2016

More Information Coming Soon

Schedule of Events

Day 1

3:00pm – 6:00pm Registration
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Plenary 1

Day 2

8:00am Breakfast
9:00am – 10:15am Plenary 2
10:45am – 12:00pm Plenary 3
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 6:00pm Afternoon Freetime
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Plenary 4

Day 3

8:00am Breakfast
9:00am – 10:30am Plenary 5
10:30am – 11:00am Worship

Safe Travel Home


Registration Fees

Per Pastor $50
for PC(USA) pastors in the western five Synods
All Other Pastors $299
Spouse Rate $166

 As of March 23, 2016 most Single Occupancy rooms have been filled for Preaching Pastor’s Session 1. Participants registering from here on out should expect to be placed in a shared cabin with their own room.

*To Register please select Online Registration at the top right hand portion of this page

  • Includes meals: Monday dinner through Wednesday breakfast
  • Non-refundable/non-transferable deposit due with registration
  • Registration and Balance due 30 days before event start date