Here are some comments from pastors and their families who have stayed with us.
“Thank you so much for showing us such a great time when we visited. It was so very needed and enjoyed. We enjoyed the hiking and exploring. We really enjoyed the fellowship time with the whole staff at meal times. While there we enjoyed trips to Ouray, Telluride and Ridgway (we ate in the True Grit Cafe where part of the True Grit movie was shot). We saw lots of deer, elk and other wildlife on our excursions. But the best thing was the time of peace and quiet when it was just Kay and I taking it easy.
We strongly recommend this experience to all the pastors and staff of all churches. You need to get away. In scripture there are many examples of God’s leaders just needing to get away for a short period of time to recuperate and then rejoin the battle refreshed and renewed. This is the place to get away for that purpose.
I would also encourage churches to help support this camp so that pastors, staff missionaries and other Christian workers will continue to have it available to them as we did. Put [Ministry Haven] in your Missions giving program. God created [Ministry Haven] to provide this vital ministry for Christian ministers of all kinds and they need your support.”
“We don’t take near enough vacation time and most pastors don’t. They are motivated by what needs to be done. There is never a time where you can just sit still, because even when you’re sitting still, you’re thinking, you’re planning, you’re dreaming, you’re scheming, you’re drawing up the next visionary plan for the next sermon series and how it’s all going to look and how it’s all going to shake down. So it seems like the minister’s job is never really done.
A lot of times pastors have vacation time they don’t take. Shame on all of us for not taking it. But we have these other more important matters to take care of, and that is the thing that drives families into the ground. It breaks them apart. And we wonder why ministers fall away from ministry, because they haven’t taken the time to be with their families the way they need to.
So we all need to have retreats. We all need to have time alone. We preach from the pulpit that Jesus went away to retreat, and yet, we don’t go do it ourselves.
[Ministry Haven] is a quiet place. You’re away from all of the distractions that are there, all the things that get in the way, that keep you from doing the things you need to do.
So you could come here and capture a vision of what you needed to do, or you could come and rest, if that’s what you need to do, and to sleep. How many times do you just get a chance to sleep and just lay down and be quiet and do nothing?
There’s nobody telling you what to do and we need that. And we need permission to do that. And most of us don’t have permission. We need permission. Allow your church to give you permission and allow yourself to give yourself permission to go rest, and retreat, and get away and do what you need to do so that you can be a stronger dad, a stronger parent, a stronger husband, a better motivator in ministry.
For us, we are a family of six, so finding even a hotel for sleeping arrangements for six can be quite expensive. To be able to have a place that is motivated by donations, or by gifts, or by other churches who are supporting the ministry of [Ministry Haven] is a great help.”
“Our week at [Ministry Haven] was one of the highlights of our summer. Being from the Midwest, it is always a treat to spend time in Colorado. [Ministry Haven] enhances Colorado’s beauty by showing it off through a Christian family perspective.
We enjoyed visiting beautiful Telluride and riding the free gondola and we loved hiking in Arches National Park just across the stateline in Utah. However we really enjoyed coming back to Norwood, reading under a tree, watching deer and elk, and having s’mores and doughies around a fire-pit.
[Ministry Haven] is a wonderful place to get away from the hustle and bustle of ministry and just spend time with God, and your family.” – Pastor Tom & Karen Cox
To make reservations or for more information call
(970) 327-4380 between 9am and 8pm Mountain time or email us at info@MinistryHaven.com