Director's Report - Senior Pastors' Retreat

Silver Spring, Maryland – A gathering for Senior Pastors of Large Congregations was held on September 23-24, 2013 in the Wellspring Center, located at The Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, Silver Spring, Maryland. The Rev. Dr. Bruce Hartung, Concordia Seminary-St Louis, was the guest facilitator. The Rev. Mark Hricko, Senior Pastor of St. Andrew, was the worship leader. In addition to worship and plenary sessions, the participants spent time in Bible study and numerous discussions focused on their unique responsibilities and challenges as servant leaders of large congregations. In the Wellspring tradition, the group built camaraderie through time set aside for Christian fellowship, and were given opportunities for rest, prayer, and rejuvenation as well. In evaluations, the participants gave high marks to the event, including staff and services, worship, music, meeting facilities, meals, and the overall quality of their experience. The group declared a desire to meet again, and made tentative plans to gather together for another retreat in the early spring, prior to Lent 2014, and they hope to include others who have expressed interest. The group also discussed the formation of The Wellspring Association of Congregations, which would be a resource for their leadership development and wellness as senior pastors, and for congregational leaders and members as well. Click here to view photos of the Senior Pastor's Retreat!