Sacred Chaos-A Retreat for Renewal

February 02, 2013

A Retreat of Renewal for Religious Leaders in Transition…

The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center Institute for the Practice of Ministry is offering a unique opportunity for clergy.  Sacred Chaos is a spiritual journey retreat for religious leaders in transition. It seeks to assist in the spiritual and emotional renewal of these leaders as they traverse some of their most difficult life passages, i.e., retirement, divorce, mid-life, burnout, etc., as well as to encourage and support them in their struggles with congregational challenges.

Dates: Monday, April 1 - Friday, April 5, 2013

Location: The Christian Conference Center
5064 Lincoln St., Newton, IA

Cost: $600.00; $550.00 Early Bird Registration (by 3/1/13)
Includes four nights lodging (single rooms with bath), all meals, all group work, and
private sessions with a n experienced clinical psychologist

Registration: $100.00 nonrefundable registration fee; to be applied to total retreat fee

Deadline: March 15, 2013 (Early Bird deadline: March 1, 2013)

Registration is limited to 12 participants

Facilitators: The Rev. Dr. James R. Newby and Mark Minear, Ph.D.

For more information or to register, contact Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, Rev. Diane McClanahan ( or 274-4006).

“Pain and loss produce chaos. Chaos can have gentle beginnings, such as an inner tug deep within our souls that awakens us to the realization that the life we are now living is not fulfilling. Chaos can also begin in more dramatic ways - the death of a loved one, divorce, the loss of a job, academic failure, retirement, etc. Whatever the impetus, chaos is uncomfortable. It moves us out of familiar patterns and known ways; causes us to re-evaluate what is important, how our lives are being lived, and, if we heed the signs, sets us on a journey of seeking more of what is missing….”  ~ James R. Newby in Sacred Chaos