Retreats

Thrive offers a variety of retreats for pastors, pastoral couples and church leaders.  Join one of our retreats or request one designed specifically for your group.

Retreats we Offer:

Upcoming retreats:

Soul Focus September  2020

Contact us to request a retreat or to put your name on a waiting list for a retreat.

Private Conversations

Thrive provides one on one confidential coaching about the challenges of ministry.  Some of the possible areas are life balance, conflict, burnout prevention, bullying/mobbing or healing from past experiences.

Contact us for more information.

Unfinished Business Groups

Next Unfinished Business Groups

  • Spring 2020 – Men’s Group (daytime)
  • Spring 2020 – Women’s Group (daytime)

The Problem……..

Every Christian carries emotional baggage…..

Stuff that’s hidden below the surface…
Stuff that impacts their daily lives in negative ways.
Stuff they wish they could get rid of.

Stress is a fact of life.

Each of us handles stress in our own unique way. Sometimes that is positive……and sometimes our methods are less than stellar. We can find ourselves in situations where we ask ourselves – “Why did I react that way?”Have you noticed that certain situations evoke strong responses from you that are hurtful to family, friends or co-workers? Sarcasm……..anger………withdrawal from others…………people pleasing…………criticism.…..These are just a few of the ways we try to cope. These responses are rooted in our reactions to hurtful experiences earlier in our lives. They become automatic responses. At some point they were useful in helping us cope with life……but eventually they no longer work. Because they are no longer effective, we experience emotional and even physical symptoms often leading to anxiety and depression.There comes a point in time when we need to look beneath the surface of our lives and deal with our unfinished business.

Wondering if you have some ‘Unfinished Business’?

What are Unfinished Business groups?

A Christ-centered spiritual formation journey that helps participants  address dysfunctional behaviors, ease emotional upheaval, deal with false beliefs and find healing from  emotional and spiritual wounds. Unfinished Business groups are designed for those who are committed to personal growth and spiritual healing.

The Ministry of Unfinished Business…….is based on formational prayer – a ministry of the Holy Spirit facilitated by a Christian caregiver, bringing the healing presence of Jesus Christ into the places of pain and brokenness within a wounded person.

….. provides an environment where hurting Christians and ministry leaders can explore their “unfinished business” and experience healing and freedom in Christ in an environment of safety, compassion and thoughtfulness.

Unfinished Business Small Groups

Small groups of 3 – 8 participants meet for 14 sessions (2 – 3 hours) over a 4 to 5 month period. Each Group Session includes a teaching component, an experiential component and a spiritual component.

 What am I committing to as a participant?

  • Faithful attendance
  • Active participation
  • Confidentiality

Next Unfinished Business Group

  • Spring 2020 (March to early June) – Men’s Group (daytime)
  • Spring 2020 (March to early June) – Women’s Group (daytime)

Cost: $265 plus curriculum (For pastors/church leaders and spouses this is a suggested donation only)

Please contact us to register or for more information.


Group Facilitator

Cathy Gates, RN B.Sc.N. M.A. Strategic Leadership

Cathy brings leadership experience in both the church and a national clergy support network.  She is a seasoned small group leader and workshop presenter.  Cathy is the founder of Thrive Ministries, a ministry focused on resourcing pastors to build lives that thrive.  Cathy brings a heart of brokenness, compassion, transparency, and humility that creates an environment of safety and Spirit-filled grace for healing.  She holds a Certificate of Formational Prayer from Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland,Ohio.

Formational Prayer Advisory Group

Donna Thomas DMin.

Donna has retired from Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio where she taught and advised in the Formational Counseling track of the doctor of ministry program. Dr. Thomas also serves in Care and Prayer Ministries as well as Outreach Ministries at her local church, Park Street Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio. Dr. Thomas is married with three adult children and six grandchildren.

Carolyn Schroeder

Carolyn has many years of experience as a licensed counselor in Grand Rapids Michigan.  She and her late husband Chris spent several years as counselors with Shepherds Heart Ministry providing care for pastoral couples in crisis.

Liz Honeyford

Liz is the president of Healing Care Canada, a pastor and spiritual director with many years experience as a formational prayer caregiver.


Burnout

Our Pastors Day needs assessment indicated that Christian leaders feel least equipped to deal with burnout and life balance issues.  Thrive’s Renewing the Flame series has proved to be invaluable  for Christian leaders in avoiding the all too common issue of burnout. This life changing material can be discussed one on one or in a seminar setting.

Contact us for more information.

Small Groups for Pastors, Pastoral Couples, Ministry Wives and Women in Ministry Leadership

Do you ever feel isolated or lonely? Would you like to have deeper authentic relationships with others in similar church leadership roles? Perhaps you and your spouse would like to develop some deep friendships with other pastoral couples? Do you long for a deeper connection with God in community with other leaders? One of Thrive’s small groups may be just what you are looking for.

Do you ever feel isolated or lonely? Would you like to have deeper authentic relationships with others in similar church leadership roles? Perhaps you and your spouse would like to develop some deep friendships with other pastoral couples? Do you long for a deeper connection with God in community with other leaders? One of Thrive’s small groups may be just what you are looking for.

Soul Focus

Soul Focus

Join other pastors and ministry leaders as you cultivate a
deeper walk with God, develop and practice the principles
of soul care, and build authentic community.

Each of the 4 scheduled half day retreats will include
breakfast, teaching, prayer, silence and solitude for
listening, personal reflection, and small group interaction.
Between scheduled retreats group members are asked to
set aside time with each other to grow friendships, share
their journey with God and support one another
in the challenges they face. Thrive Ministries will provide
material for reflection for these ‘in between’ gatherings.

Thursday mornings 8am – noon. Dates:  March 5/ June 4/ Sept 10/ Nov 12
Pearable Retreat Centre NOTL
Please contact us at info@thriveministries.ca for more
information or to join a group.

Cost:  Thrive Ministries operates on a donation basis.  Although we do not charge a fee for these groups we encourage you to make a donation as God enables you to Thrive Ministries to help us cover the cost.  (This donation is not receiptable for tax purposes.)  The actual cost to Thrive for Soul Focus is $35 per person per Soul Focus retreat.  For all four retreats, the cost is $140 per person.   

Can’t afford the cost?  We encourage you to attend and donate whatever you are able to toward the cost. 

Interested in a Soul Focus group for ministry couples?

Let us know info@thriveministries.ca

Date Nights

Date Nights

This is a group for pastoral couples who are looking for
authentic community and an opportunity to enrich their
marriages.

When you join this group, you and 4 or 5 other couples will
attend four gatherings hosted by Pearable Ministries. Each
evening includes dinner, relationship building with other
pastoral couples and an engaging, interactive time with
pastoral marriage specialists Carsten and Linda Pellmann
from Shepherds Heart Ministry

2020 Date Nights are hosted on Mondays or Tuesdays
March 2 or 3 / May 25 / Sept 28 or 29 / Nov 9 or 10

This group is limited to 6 couples.
Please contact us at info@thriveministries.ca if you are
interested in being part of a group.

COVID Changes to Date Night

Oh how I wish we could get together at Pearable Retreat Centre for Date Night and enjoy one of Bonnie’s amazing meals.   Even though that is not possible you are invited to attend an online version for our September 28th Date Night.  Please RSVP to info@thriveministries.ca   See our Date Night Event for more information.

Cost:  Thrive Ministries operates on a donation basis.  Although we do not charge a fee for these groups we encourage couples to make a donation as God enables you to Thrive Ministries to help us cover the cost.  (This donation is not receiptable for tax purposes.)  The actual cost to Thrive for this group is $35 per person ($70 per couple) per Date Night.  For all four Date Nights, the cost is $140 per person or $280 per couple.  Our costs for the online group during COVID are $10 per person.

Can’t afford the cost?  We encourage you to attend and donate whatever you are able to toward the cost. 

Ministry Wives Group

Ministry Wives Group

Married to a pastor or ministry leader? Please join us for a casual evening of dialogue, prayer and refreshments where you will have an opportunity to spend some time with other ladies who fill the unique role of being married to a ministry leader.

Please contact us for location and to let us know that you are coming by emailing cathy@thriveministries.ca