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This year’s Clergy Retreat will be held in Lubbock at St. Luke’s Southwest, beginning October 14 at 1:30 pm and concluding at noon on October 16. This gathering will feature popular speaker and author, Rev. Michael Beck, as well as worship, testimonies, and generous amounts of free time to connect with friends or enjoy activities in town.

Our focus this year is “Steeple to the Street: Cultivating Pioneering Congregation. We all know the challenge of doing effective ministry in the midst of institutional uncertainty and changing cultural values. And yet, our call remains the same: to make disciples of Jesus for the transformation of the world.

Each congregation, regardless of size or budget, has the opportunity to connect with our communities in meaningful ways. Our guest speaker will provide real-world examples of churches that have broken through cultural barriers to love their community and share Jesus. One of the primary principles of the Fresh Expressions movement is that each congregation discerns how God is calling them to engage their community. This is not a cookie-cutter approach, but rather Spirit-led ministry that provides open doors for new people to encounter Christ.  

Michael Beck’s new book, “Deep Roots, Wild Branches” is included with your registration of $50. Lunch on Tuesday will be provided, and well as refreshments throughout the event. Please contact Blossom Matthews at 806.440.3877 if you have questions or need assistance with registration.


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This is a time to connect with friends; enjoy times of worship, testimonies and preaching by colleagues; glean new ideas from our guest speaker, discovering new opportunities for ministry all around us.

Lunch will be provided on Tuesday at noon, while participants are invited to enjoy dinner out in Lubbock on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Plan to have dinner with friends or join us at a recommended restaurant.



12 Noon

1:30 pm

2:00 pm

3:40 pm

4:00 pm

6:00 pm

8:00 pm

Registration at St. Luke’s Southwest (No lunch provided)

Worship & Communion - with Bishop Bledsoe

A New Missional Frontier - with Michael Beck

Testimony - by Mindy McLanahan

Free Time & Dinner in Town

Why The Blended Ecology - with Michael Beck

Free Time


9:00 am

9:30 am

11:00 am

12:00 pm

1:00 pm

2:30 pm

3:00 pm

7:00 pm


Awakening & Future-fitting - with Michael Beck

Q&A with Bishop Earl Bledsoe

Lunch Onsite

Cultivating/Grafting & Releasing - with Michael Beck

Around the Conference

Free Time & Dinner in Town

Worship & Preaching - with Felicia Hopkins


9:00 am

9:30 am

10:15 am

10:45 am

Worship & Communion Testimony - by Andy Hurst

Our Vision Today - Strategic Action Teams

Table Talk & Takeaways

Sending Forth