WHO ARE WE
Shepherd's Canyon Retreat Ministry offers week-long counseling retreats for men and women in ministry who are in the midst of various stages of burnout, stress, depression, and conflicts of all kinds. Each retreat can accommodate up to eight individuals. The staff for each retreat includes two counselors, a chaplain and volunteers who provide outstanding hospitality.
The retreat begins with dinner on Monday evening and ends with breakfast on the next Monday morning. (The exceptions - March and April, 2018.) During this week, participants will experience about 25 hours of counseling in group, couple, and individual settings.
All Shepherd's Canyon Retreats are held at Standing Stones Conference & Retreat Center, located fifteen miles west of Arizona's "Cowboy Town", Wickenburg, Arizona. . . 90 minutes from the Pheonix airport. The name of the place, Standing Stones, comes from Old Testament references to Samuel, Joshua, Jacob and Moses who erected rock monuments to commemorate a great work of God's grace and mercy. We expect and God has proven Himself to perform great and wonderful acts of mercy and grace in the lives of many who have participated in the ministry of Shepherd's Canyon Retreat.
Watch these two testimonials from Rev. Rich Steensma and his wife Kate, on their experience at Shepherd's Canyon Retreat Ministry.
COMPASSIONATE CARE FOR THE CAREGIVER
Pain and suffering are unfortunate, yet critical components common to all who seek services at Shepherd’s Canyon Retreat. Suffering, of course, accompanies life and is especially true for those who serve in the Church.
People come to Shepherd’s Canyon Retreat with complaints of overwhelming personal, marital, and congregational conflicts, ministry burnout, depression, marital discord, infidelity, and struggles with addictive behavior. As is common for us all, when we are in physical or emotional pain, we attempt to remove ourselves from it as quickly as possible.
At Shepherd’s Canyon Retreat, while we strive to help people alleviate their suffering, we also strongly encourage them to both describe their agony and, even more importantly, to learn from it.
A useful scriptural passage regarding this difficult issue is Romans 5:3-5: “…we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” This scripture makes it clear: suffering, while not to be sought after, is, nevertheless, purposeful and has the enormous potential to deepen our relationship with God and with each other. This is at the heart of what occurs at Shepherd’s Canyon Retreat.
Military Chaplains face circumstances which can be tough to deal with. Long deployments, absence from spouses and families, combat stress, PTSD, and other personal conflicts can have discouraging results.
Beginning in the Summer of 2012, Shepherd's Canyon Retreat has offered special retreats, exclusively for military chaplains and their spouses. These retreats are held at Standing Stones. Inquiries are welcome.
Shepherd's Canyon Retreat therapists are especially equipped to relate to the unique circumstances of military life and the role and challenges of military chaplaincy.
WHY SHOULD I ATTEND A
SHEPHERD'S CANYON RETREAT
We realize it is very difficult to ask for help. Please pray for guidance to discern the Lord's direction concerning your possible visit to Shepherd's Canyon Retreat.
We are here to be servants to those who are serving the Lord in ministry.