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Pastors’ Academy

May 7 - May 9


Pastors’ Academy

This event is an intensive learning and growth experience offered annually for pastors. Pastors of every denomination are invited to join us as we grow into better preachers and encourage each other in ministry. Enjoy time away at the historic retreat center, speak quietly with God in natural settings, converse with colleagues who may become friends, and come away with renewed energy for your calling.

Contemplative Life in Ministry

The life of ministry is full—often busy. But does that mean we don’t have time or the tools to stay open, available, and responsive to God in all that we do? Can we live full, active lives in ministry and stay open to and centered in God? This retreat will give pastors the space to explore what a contemplative life in ministry could look like, valuable time for rest and reflection, and tools that to help put this kind of life into practice.
Rev. Dr. L. Roger Owens

L. Roger Owens is professor of Christian spirituality and ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. An ordained minister, he has served rural and urban United Methodist Congregations in North Carolina and is currently Co-Senior Pastor, with his wife, Rev. Ginger Thomas, of Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church in Fox Chapel, PA. An active speaker and retreat leader, Roger is the author of several books, including Abba, Give Me a Word: The Path of Spiritual Direction and, most recently, Everyday Contemplative: The Way of Prayerful Living.

Event Information

  • Event  begins with dinner on Sunday, May 7 and concludes with lunch on Tuesday, May 9. Check-in is in Groves Lodge from 3-5pm on Sunday.
  • Pricing includes two-nights stay (private hotel-style room with linens), six meals, and course tuition. Discount available for those willing to select or be assigned a roommate. Please contact Olmsted for commuter rates.
  • Register online, print and mail the registration form, or call to register at (814) 945-6512.
  • 1 Continuing Education Unit available upon request.


May 7
May 9
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Olmsted Retreat Center
17 East Main St.
Ludlow, PA 16333 United States
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