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Pastor's Renewal Retreat

2023 Event: October 9-11th

Registration Opens April 15th

The Pastor’s Renewal Retreat (formerly Preaching Pastors Retreat) is an opportunity for clergy and other ministry leaders to come together along the shores of Lake Tahoe to rest and recharge for the ongoing sustainability of their ministry.  Not only will you get the chance for some Pastoral R&R, but you will have the opportunity to get inspired through collaborative roundtable conversations with colleagues in ministry, participate in rich and varied worship experiences, and connect with the earth as you encounter the breathtaking beauty of the Tahoe basin.

Recognizing that there are many ways of exercising pastoral leadership, all ministry leaders, lay and ordained alike, are invited to participate in the Pastor’s Renewal Retreat. We hope that no matter where you are in your ministry journey, you will find spiritual nourishment throughout the event.

The Pastor’s Renewal Retreat is co-sponsored by Zephyr Point and the North Central California Presbytery. Ministry leaders in NCCP will be eligible for a discounted rate, but all are welcomed to join for this restorative and empowering event.

2023 Event Details:

Event Theme: Hope All the Way Down

Featured Speaker: MaryAnn McKibben Dana

The Rev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana is a writer, pastor, speaker, and ministry coach living in the Virginia suburbs of DC. She is author of three books, Hope: A User’s ManualGod, Improv, and the Art of Living, and Sabbath in the Suburbs. In addition to her books, her writing has appeared in, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, Journal for Preachers, Coaching World, and the Christian Century, and in a monthly column for Presbyterians Today for three years. She was featured on PBS’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly for her work on Sabbath and was recognized by the Presbyterian Writers Guild with the 2015-2016 David Steele Distinguished Writer Award.

She is a sought-after speaker, preacher, conference leader and writer around issues of leadership, faith formation, and congregational transformation. She served as co-chair for two years of NEXT Church, a movement within the Presbyterian Church (USA) that seeks to call forth vital ministry for our changing cultural context. She currently serves as associate pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Herndon, VA. MaryAnn is a graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas and received her M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is a mother of three, an imperfect knitter, and an occasional ultramarathoner. Connect with her at her website


Event Description:

We are living in a weary world. Join fellow church leaders for a retreat that will blend respite with generative work for the immediate season and the months to come. We will explore hope on levels both theological and practical: the stories that form our communities, and the systems, structures, and practices that foster hope and purpose. Come for a rich blend of scripture, theology, psychology, pop culture, and more, as we dream, discuss, play, and build resilience together. As busy pastors and ministry leaders, give yourself the gift of a reflective time away to pause, restore, and orient ourselves in the direction of hope.

Registration Fees

Room StyleHousing CostProgram Fees + Meals2023 Total Cost
North Central California Presbytery Pastors$75
Single Occupancy$240
Double Occupancy$120$125$245
Non-Participant (Partner/Spouse) Double Occupancy$120$75$195
Commuter (includes meals)$0$125$125

To Register click on the “Register Now” button at the top of the page. Be sure to make a note of all dietary needs, mobility issues, and roommate requests during the registration process.

  • Includes meals: Monday dinner through Wednesday breakfast
  • Non-refundable/non-transferable deposit due with registration $50
  • Registration and Balance due 14 days before event start date