Preaching Pastors Retreats

Preaching Pastors Retreats

Registration will open in January 2019 for the Spring Retreat!

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Spring session: April 29-May 1, 2019 Keynote Speaker – Rodger Nishioka

Fall session: September 30-October 2, 2019 Keynote Speaker – J. Herbert Nelson

The Zephyr Point Preaching Pastors Conference is designed for pastors who want to improve upon their preaching style and technique. The program is specialized to the conference’s guest speaker and can cover fields including contextual preaching, theology of preaching, homiletic theory, and biblical study and interpretation. Although the conference is rooted in Presbyterian (USA) theology and pedagogy, the program is open to qualified Pastors from any Christian faith tradition.


We are looking forward to welcoming Rodger Nishioka as the Keynote Speaker for the April/May Preaching Pastors Retreat.

Bio: Rodger Nishioka serves as the senior associate pastor at the Village Presbyterian Church in suburban Kansas City.  He carries responsibility for adult faith formation and leads the five other associate pastors and three ministry area directors.  After serving as a professor of Christian Education and Practical Theology for 15 years at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, this call has both surprised and challenged him.  What has become absolutely clear is that healthy and faithful congregations are at the heart of Christ’s call to ministry in these days. 

Focus of Retreat:  Singing a Song of Zion in a Strange Land: The Perils of Preaching and Pastoring. 

We have not been taken captive and brought as exiles to a foreign land like the poet in Psalm 137, but surely as the church in the 21st century in the United States, we are wondering how we sing about God in a strange time.  Facing steady decline in resources and membership and power with most Americans not hating us but simply thinking the church is irrelevant, we face perils in preaching and pastoring.  Together, we will look through the lenses of the Psalms to discern how the Holy Spirit is calling, cajoling, challenging and even chastising us.  Through these perilous times, we will seek both new ways and new songs to sing!


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Schedule of Events

Monday
3:00pm – 6:00pm Check in - Tallac Lobby
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Opening Session

Tuesday
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am – 10:15am Plenary Session 1
10:45am – 12:00pm Plenary Session 2
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 6:00pm Afternoon Freetime
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Plenary Session 3

Wednesday
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am – 10:30am Plenary Session 4
10:30am – 11:00am Worship

Registration Fees

Room Style Rate
Single Occupancy $329
Double Occupancy $229
Cabin $210
Commuter $145
Non-Participant Spouse $180
Sacramento and San Francisco Presbytery Pastors $50

To Register click on the “Register Now” button at the top of the page. Be sure to make a note of all dietary needs, mobility issues, and roommate requests during the registration process.

  • Includes meals: Monday dinner through Wednesday breakfast
  • Non-refundable/non-transferable deposit due with registration $50
  • Registration and Balance due 14 days before event start date