Preaching Pastors Retreats

Preaching Pastors Retreats

The 2020 Preaching Pastors Retreat is postponed to next year, October 4-6, 2021. We look forward to seeing you then! Thank you!  Registration TBD.

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.

“The Luminous Darkness: Preaching as Soul-Making in Time of Crisis”

Preachers practice their art in a challenging, turbulent world. We are charged with the difficult task of facing congregations every weekeach week they come with a mixed bag of emotions and concerns. Given all this, we want to address the whole person of the preacher and how we can help preachers offer their gifts and passion from a healthy, soulful place. Soul-care is what we desperately need in order to sustain our demanding vocation in this time of supreme turmoil and change. Without soul, preaching rings shrill. And so, we want to help preaching pastors preach from their own inner fire, from the truthfulness of their souls. This means that they must be willing and able to face not only the darkness they find outside them, but the darkness that’s inside them too. This is the vital, creative edge of ministry in times like these.

Featured Speaker: Cláudio Carvalhaes

The Rev. Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes, is a theologian, liturgist, artist, author, and activist, who serves as the Associate Professor of Worship at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Dr. Carvalhaes will offer four lectures that will address not only the preaching art, but also soulful practices, rituals, and creative liturgies for preachers and congregations. In addition, and in consultation with Dr. Carvalhaes, we are planning interactive encounters that will help you internalize and apply his lectures to your own lives and in your settings.



Schedule of Events

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

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

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

Registration Fees

Room Style Rate
Single Occupancy $340
Double Occupancy $240
Cabin $220
Commuter $155
Non-Participant Spouse $185
San Francisco and North Central California 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 $100
  • Registration and Balance due 14 days before event start date