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Marriage Retreats Pastor & Ministry Leader Retreats

Ministry Leader R&R

September 30 - October 4, 2024

The Lodge - New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Ministry Leader R&R

Retreat Description

Those who work in ministry give their lives in service to others, so they may hear and experience the good news of Jesus Christ. However, we recognize this can come at a cost to your own self-care, relationships, and even marriage. We know that you often feel burnt out, yet we trust that Jesus came so that you may have life and life abundantly.

The R&R at The Lodge is designed to disconnect you from regular responsibilities so that you can reconnect with your spouse.  You will have margin to renew your relationship through recreation, fun and adventure that is unique to the Florida location without the pressure of keeping a strict schedule.  

Throughout the week-long experience, you’ll have the opportunity to fully unplug and be served in a safe environment, so that you can truly focus on each other and the Lord. 


At the Ministry Leader R&R at The Lodge, You’ll Experience:

  • Plenty of margin in the schedule to explore New Smyrna Beach, rest, and simply be present with your spouse, free of distractions. 
  • Space and time to enhance your marriage and hear from the Lord individually and collectively.  
  • The chance to connect and form new friendships with other couples who are on a similar journey in ministry.  
  • A wide variety of optional experiences and activities to tailor the week to your preferences.  

Who Can Attend a Ministry Leader R&R?

  • A director or associate pastor in a paid, full-time formal ministry role of a local church congregation (i.e. family pastor, executive pastor, worship pastor, etc.) 
  • An executive director or CEO of a parachurch ministry/nonprofit organization
  • A full-time, international missionary for 3+ years
  • Domestic missionaries are taken on a case-by-case basis. Preference is given to international.


Due to demand and wanting to give everyone the opportunity to attend, we limit attendance to R&Rs to once every four years.

Please note: the R&R is a marriage experience not a marriage “conference.” If you want marriage content on a specific topic or season, we recommend looking at a Marriage Retreat at WinShape Retreat in Rome, GA.

Before completing the application, please have an appropriate member from your church fill out our Letter of Support. You’ll be asked to upload the signed letter of support at the end of the application.

Retreat Cost

$400 per couple (all applicable taxes included)

Due upon acceptance of application
Includes lodging, meals, and programming

Your Retreat Registration Includes:

  • Comfortable accommodations featuring a private room and a private bathroom with a shower
  • Continental breakfast, lunch off-site, and a freshly made dinner
  • Serene spaces to truly unplug and connect with your spouse—time to relax by the pool, read a book by the fire, recreate with pickleball or the putting green and more

How It Works


Where are you located?

The Lodge is in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, about 60 miles northeast of Orlando International Airport. An exact address will be given upon registration confirmation.  

Why do we ask for a Letter of Support?

WinShape Marriage believes in the transforming power of community through the work of the Holy Spirit. Senior pastors, ministry leaders, and international missionaries need more than permission to receive care and rest from their church or organization. They need intentional support and the empowerment of their communities to see this as a vital movement in the well-being of their marriage and relationship with God. The Letter of Support acknowledges this participation in blessing and sending you and your spouse into a week of sabbath.

NOTE: The Letter of Support will need to be completed and uploaded with the the R&R Application.

If we sign up and must cancel, will we get a refund?

Can I register for another R&R and be on the waitlist?

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we cannot allow couples to register and take a space on the waitlist. If you do not get off the waitlist, you can reach out immediately to register for another R+R date with availability.

What is our itinerary for the week, and will we have free time?

You may arrive for check-in anytime after lunch on Monday. The R&R will conclude at 10 AM on Friday.

You will receive your itinerary for the week upon arrival, but you can expect a daily continental breakfast, on and off-site lunch options, and freshly made dinner.

There is margin each day to explore New Smyrna beach and go on local adventures or create your own adventure by relaxing at The Lodge. You will need to provide your own transportation in order to go out to the New Smyrna Beach area.

The programming portion is very light to align with our intended outcome of rest and renewal. 

What do we need to bring?

For the pool, we ask for modest bathing suits with appropriate coverageFor women, please avoid bikinis or revealing one pieces. For men, please avoid speedosThe dress for our R&Rs is casual. Please bring comfortable clothing. We recommend a light jacket as well as layers in case of colder weather, rain, etc. While food and lodging are includedadditional adventures and activities outside of the retreat center are guests‘ responsibility. Please budget accordingly.  

Can we bring our kids to the retreat?

While we love kids (and even have summer camps for them!), our R&Rs are a place for parents to get away and focus on their relationship. Therefore, no infants or children are permitted at these events.

After Ministry Leader R&R, You’ll Be:

  • Strengthened in your relationship with the Lord 
  • Renewed in your intimacy with your spouse 
  • Inspired to continue prioritizing your marriage 
  • Encouraged by others walking similar paths 
  • Rested and rejuvenated to return home 

Additional Experiences

Ready to Register?

Once you and your spouse are ready to register for an incredible week-long getaway, you can do so easily online. Of course, if you have any questions along the way about what experience is best suited for you or your registration, we’re happy to help. You can reach us 866-976-2774 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. EST.

Have questions? Our team is here to help.