Great Ministry in the Second-Half of Life: Rediscovering Meaning, Balance, Joy, and Success

A five-day renewal retreat for ministry leaders at mid-career

October 30, 3:00pm – November 3, 11:00am

Ministry is beautiful, amazing, profound, and exciting. It is also exhausting, frustrating, and overwhelming!

By the time people reach mid-career, they’ve learned the basics of their work. The challenge of being new to ministry is gone and one’s attention turns to meaning and balance. Sometimes mid-career ministry leaders find themselves asking, “Is this all there is?” or “Can I keep up this pace for the next decade?” or “Is God wanting me to try something new?” Maybe you’ve been wondering how you can blossom and flourish in the second-half of your life. Or maybe you’ve been wondering how you can put aside the past disappointments so you can prosper in passion once again.

Great Ministry in the Second-Half of Life is designed for ministry leaders over the age of 50 with a minimum of 10 years of service to the church. In a beautiful retreat setting, we will examine research about mid-career, reflect on our own lives and passions, and talk with God and each other about how to find meaning, balance, joy, and success at mid-career and beyond.

We will focus on four themes:

  • Letting Go: releasing the hurts, grievances, and unproductive practices of the past and addressing the doldrums at mid-career;
  • Honoring Wisdom: recognizing and claiming the wisdom of experience and finding new ways to measure value and success;
  • Imagining a Legacy: being curious about what it will take to cross the finish line feeling victorious and flush with satisfaction;
  • Dreaming a New Path: listening for God-sized dreams for our lives and work.

Retreat leadership will be offered by the Reverend Janice Virtue, an itinerant friend to clergy, and leadership education coach, trainer, and consultant. If you want to know more, email her at janice.virtue@ymail.com or phone/text at 919.452.2854.


Interested participants should complete and return the registration form to kingram@wnccumc.net or PO Box 18005, Charlotte 28218 by October 5, 2017. Tuition is $200, including a single room at the Terrace at Lake Junaluska.

An offering of the Leadership Development Team of WNCC, re-investing local church apportionment dollars into Western North Carolina leaders

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