Church Staff “Day Retreat” at the Baptist Building

Our pastors and staff ministers throughout the state work faithfully and tirelessly to lead churches to pursue and do the will of God in their communities, and our state, nation, and world. At times, the need arises for church ministers and staff to get away for a time of reflection, training, discussion, and fellowship, to set a future course for ministry and help energize and prepare them for the ministry ahead. Due to financial and/or time constraints, some churches cannot conduct such events.

With a Church Staff “Day Retreat” at the Baptist Building, we can provide a possible alternative and solution to provide your church staff a time of training, fellowship, and inspiration in an easy format. Based on the basic format and possible topics below, each staff can then adapt and structure the day to meet the needs of their individual context in discussion with our Pastor/Leadership Development Department. Some churches may want to consider discussions about joining with one or two other churches to hold a joint Church Staff “Day Retreat”. For discussions about setting up a Church Staff “Day Retreat” at the Baptist Building, contact John Pace, Director, Pastor/Leadership Development Department, at 601-292-3308,

Sample Schedule (can be altered based on church schedules and needs):

9 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Staff Session #1

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Staff Session #2

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Attend MBCB Chapel and then go eat lunch at a local restaurant
(Chapels are only held on Thursdays)

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Staff Session #3

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Staff Session #4

Possible Topics for Church Staff Retreat Sessions:

• “Leading From Your Strengths” evaluation and discussion specifically for each church staff enabling you to understand better each person’s personality and gifts, and how then you can best work together – this session is highly recommended for each staff
• The realities and challenges of ministry
• Making disciples in and through the church
• Fulfilling the functions of a New Testament church: evangelism, discipleship, ministry, worship, and fellowship/encouragement
• Church revitalization
• The many and varied actions of ministry
• Issues in contemporary church and culture
• The personal spiritual disciplines of a minister
• The minister’s marriage and family
• Planning for future church ministries and calendars
• Guiding change in a church
• Knowing and reaching our community for Christ
• Effective sermon/teaching planning, preparation, and proclamation
• Doing vision/long-range planning as a pastor
• Dealing with difficult people in church
• How do we rightly define “success” in ministry
• Productive staff relations
• Working with deacons/elders/key leadership in church
• Time management in ministry
• Developing leaders and volunteers in church
• Dealing with church conflict
• Establishing and guiding effective evangelism and outreach in church
• Dealing with stress and burnout in ministry
• Contemporary communication and publicity in the church
• Setting goals in ministry
• Effective Sunday School/small groups in the church
• Supporting and doing missions in and through the church
• Church stewardship, finance and budgets
• Church administrative needs and issues
• Church security and safety needs and issues
• Planning and leading worship
• Counseling ministry in the church
• Other requested, suggested topics and needs unique to your church context