During 2018, the five GCI-USA Regional Pastors are hosting retreats for the pastors and their spouses in their respective regions. Here, from RP Paul David Kurts, is a report on the two retreats he hosted recently in his Southeast Region.
I was blessed to be able to recently lead two pastors’ retreats in my region. Both were very rejuvenating—we all returned home refreshed and encouraged, with some new friends and lots of good memories.
Twenty pastors and spouses joined me on April 20-22 at a beautiful resort in Louisville, MS (see the picture below). We enjoyed fellowship, relaxation and lots of good southern cooking. The group enthusiastically embraced the vision I shared with them for a Ministry Training Center (MTC) that we hope to start in the Southeast Region. Though battling cancer, Pastor John Novick of Jackson, MS, was able to join us for half a day. We gathered around him and prayed for his healing and comfort. A big thanks to Pastor John Ross for helping to organize the retreat.
On April 26-28, 13 pastors and their spouses joined me for a two-day cruise aboard Grand Celebration, which sailed from Florida to the Bahamas and back as we enjoyed good food and fellowship (see the picture below). Several of us disembarked at Freeport, Bahamas, where we spent half a day, including sharing lunch with GCI Bahamas Pastors Robert McKinney and Calvin Parker. As in Louisville, I shared with this group my vision for an MTC in our region. Again, that vision was enthusiastically received. A big thanks to Pastor Marty Davey for coordinating the cruise.