December 9-11, 2024

Are you discerning a path towards ministry?

Join us for the annual Young Ministers’ Retreat! 

The Ministry Resource Center and Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan are excited to invite you to the third annual Young Ministers’ Retreat. This retreat is a dedicated time of Sabbath with your peers as we all learn how to better discern our calls to ministry. This free retreat has been made possible through our Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative, and graciously funded through Lilly Endowment Inc. 

Dates: Monday, December 9th-Wednesday, December 11th 

Location: Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan, Johnson City, TN 


Genesis 13:14

“Raise Up Your Eyes”

The Young Ministers’ retreat is designed to connect those who are young in their ministry journeys with peers and provide sustainable spiritual rhythms to help them deepen faith in God. We do this by connecting young ministers, interns, or those who have been interns in the beautiful mountains of Johnson City, TN. These two days of Sabbathing together involves laughter, good meals, board games, hiking, singing, and conversations around scripture and the Lord’s table. We believe ministry is a beautiful and deeply fulfilling call that God invites all of us into. This call can also prove to be uniquely challenging and sharing our experiences and wisdom with each other is one path towards sustainable ministry. 

Our theme this year is “Raise Up Your Eyes” which comes from Genesis 13:14. God calls Abraham to look around and see how large and beautiful the land and the promises are around him. This is what we want to do together: step into the promises that God’s presence holds for us. Together let us gain a more full and beautiful perspective of this world and the call to ministry. 

The Retreat begins Monday, Dec 9 with an evening agape meal and ends Wednesday, Dec 11 with lunch. This year we have rented a large house and two cabins at the beautiful Camp at Buffalo Retreat Center, fifteen minutes away from Emmanuel’s campus. We offer multiple housing options so let us know your housing preference and fill out the registration form below to attend the retreat. 


Young Ministers’ Retreat

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We’ve rented an amazing large house and cabins that offer a variety of rooming options from queen size beds to bunking. If you are a staff sponsor and would prefer your own room you can stay with a faculty member close by. Just indicate your preference below.
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