Pastor's & Missionary R&R FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we ask for a Letter of Affirmation?

WinShape Marriage believes in the transforming power of community through the work of the Holy Spirit. Pastors 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 Affirmation acknowledges this participation in blessing and sending the pastor and their spouse into a week of sabbath.

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

If I sign up and have to cancel, will I get a refund?

We understand that unforeseen circumstances arise that may cause you to change your plans. For a refund, cancellations must be made 30 days prior to the event. Please note there is often a substantial wait list for Pastor’s R&R events. We appreciate your respect and consideration for those who are eager to attend.

What is our itinerary for the week?

Upon arrival, each couple will receive a schedule for the week. The programming portion is intentionally light to align with our intended outcome of rest, nourishment and renewal. Individual soul care and couple’s counseling will be available for sign-ups during the day.

Can we go offsite?

The retreat is intentionally laid out to help you engage in a slower pace of life and embrace rest. Heading offsite can be a distraction from what God’s purpose is for you and your spouse in the week. We strongly discourage offsite excursions during your time at WinShape Retreat.

What is soul care?

One of the greatest commandments is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. (Matthew 22:37)

Soul care is intentionally growing our awareness of what’s happening within our soul so we can learn to love God with more of it. One form of soul care that is practiced during the Pastor’s R&R is the opportunity to receive the ministry of spiritual direction.

Why should I try spiritual direction or soul care?

Just as food is important for the body to stay healthy and strong, spiritual direction and soul care is nutrition for your spiritual faith, alongside other spiritual practices such as reading Scripture and prayer. These practices provide a rich diet for a healthy relationship with God and your spouse. The title in John Ortberg’s book says it all, “Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You.” As marriage expert and WinShape veteran Gary Thomas often says, ”It is only out of a healthy soul that we can build a healthy marriage.”

How do I know if spiritual direction or soul care is a good fit for me in my current season?

This ministry will be great for you if:

1. You have a desire to grow in your relationship with God.

2. You are in a time of transition, confusion, or loss.

3. God seems distant.

4. Life feels overwhelming.

5. You are experiencing a crisis of faith.

6. You desire to cultivate a life of prayer.

7. You desire to identify the movements of your own soul and the season you are in.

Have Additional Questions?

Contact our Reservations Team using the button below or by calling 706-368-6801.