It’s about time! Time for you to reconnect, regroup and be reinvigorated. It’s about time for something fun, active, or relaxing. Time for you and God to get together in a personal way that touches your soul to its core. It’s about Pastime. And it’s PAST TIME for you to rest, and be refreshed.
Can’t wait to get started in full time Christian ministry? Has it been a while since you felt that way? All too often, the demands of ministry begin to wear us down, and rob us of the first love that started our journey. PASTIME is a program that was started in 2005 with a generous gift by long-time friends and supporters of Jumonville. Their initial gift has enabled us to develop and host a program that is designed to encourage personal renewal for Christian leaders. Since that time the program has been funded through our Jumonville Campership Fund. Our goal is to provide a quiet place where the demands of daily life recede and you have the time and resources to draw close to the heart of God.
Christian ministry needs a servant’s heart. We are to be like Christ to all who come to us. We are expected to have gifts of leadership & discernment and we are asked to empower others around us. It seems we must be wise beyond human capacity, full of compassion, and morally without blemish. There are consequences to a weary heart and lonely spirit.
It is only through God’s grace that we are able to continue without being consumed. Come to PASTIME and be led by the Spirit into a reviving encounter with the living Lord.
Seek God at your own pace, engage in the activities of your choosing to deepen your relationship with the One who has called you into ministry, and in the process, be refreshed, and be restored. Whether through the use of materials we provide, or materials that you bring along, we believe your time with the Holy Spirit will profoundly impact your life and ministry.
For the PASTIME program, Jumonville will provide up to a week’s use of Mary Cottage for you, or for you and your spouse. We provide you with opportunities for rest, recreation, and self-directed time for spiritual renewal. We invite you to become immersed in your First Love and to use this time as God directs.
Leave behind your normal schedule and agenda and enter into the presence of God: • with time for deeper study in the Word • through resting and enjoying time with God and spouse • by experiencing the beauty of God’s creation in a wonderful mountaintop setting • by engaging your mind, body, and spirit
When you arrive for your retreat, we will provide you with a packet of information about things to do in the local area. We recognize that each person will have different needs. Some may spend more time in quiet reflection, and others may feel, the need to enjoy physical activity or get out and about for a change. We invite you to enjoy recreation, humor, study, meditation, or whatever you need most to get recharged.
Our goal is for PASTIME to be extremely affordable for any Christian leader in need of some time to get away for a time of renewal and refreshment. The only fee is a $25 application fee, regardless of whether you decide to stay for a day or for a full week. The rest of costs are underwritten by donors that choose to serve and honor those in full time Christian leadership by providing this experience.
You may schedule your retreat to begin on whatever day you would like – the only limitation is based on previous reservations. While we do not provide meals, Mary Cottage offers a very nice kitchen area to prepare your own meals, go out to eat, or maybe even spend some time in fasting. If meals are being offered in the dining hall for other Jumonville guest groups, you may have the option to purchase individual meals.
To Qualify for PASTIME
PASTIME serves those who are in full time Christian ministry and can accommodate adults only. You have the option of coming by yourself or bringing your spouse. However, PASTIME is not designed to serve as a “cheap vacation” for you and your family. If that is your need or interest, contact the Jumonville office for other options of staying at Jumonville with your entire family. The PASTIME program has been designed specifically for helping encourage personal renewal for Christian leaders. It’s about time you joined us on the mountaintop. See you soon.
How to Register for PASTIME
We invite you to spend several days or a week with us. In fact, we would encourage you to try to spend the entire week. We believe that God will meet you here, that He will encourage your walk, strengthen your marriage and ministry, and renew your passion for Him. Now it’s up to you.
To make your reservation, the most efficient way is to simply call Jumonville at (724) 439-4912 and ask for Sharon Meeder. Sharon is our office manager and reservationist and she will check for open dates and answer any questions that you might have.
Requests can be made up to a year in advance and will be handled on a first come, first served basis. We will send you an application once you have notified us of your interest and we have found a date that works with your schedule.
Sobering statistics from the Pastors Retreat Network web site:
• an estimated 1600 pastors leave the ministry each month
• 70% of clergy report that they do not have a close colleague, confidant, or mentor
• an estimated 100,000 churches in North America will close in the next decade