ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) – The Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s Ministers and Family Retreat, originally scheduled for 2020, has been rescheduled for Aug. 5-7,2021. The Sheraton Uptown, Albuquerque, will again host the event. Registration is open on the Baptist Convention of New Mexico's website at bcnm.com/mfr. The retreat is open to full-time and part-time BCNM church ministers, paid or not, as well as retired pastors.
The Thursday through Saturday event includes keynote sessions, full meals, worship times and times to relax. The event provides specific activities geared for children, birth through 12th grade. Ministers include senior pastor and all other paid staff pastors. More than a three-day vacation, the BCNM designed MFR as a time for spiritual nourishment, challenge and blessing. It is a time for ministers to re-charge their batteries and spend quality time with their families.
Ministers attending, or their churches, pay a low cost for the event. Single individuals pay $50; couples pay $75; and, families (of any size) pay $100. The registration cost includes meals, the program, and two nights of lodging at the Sheraton. Childcare and student activities are also included. The BCNM encourages churches to cover their ministerial family’s cost as an investment in their ministry. MFR attendees or their churches must provide transportation to and from the Sheraton Uptown hotel and around town during the event.
The registration cost covers only a small amount of the retreat’s entire cost. Generous New Mexico Baptist churches invest in pastors and MFR through a portion of their gifts to The Mission New Mexico State Missions Offering each year. The next Ministers and Family Retreat is in 2024. The BCNM usually provides the retreat every three years; but, the pandemic delayed last year’s event to 2021.
The 2021 retreats guest speaker is Dr. Charles Lowery. Lowery is president and CEO of Lowery Institute for Excellence, Inc., Frisco, Texas, a non-profit training and consulting organization. Lowery served as the pastor at Hoffmantown Church, Albuquerque, for ten years. During that time, the church was one of the fastest-growing churches in America.
Lowery's diverse background includes leading a private psychological practice, serving as a college professor, working as a management consultant and speaking as a corporate motivator. Lowery's unique style of humor, encouragement and motivation makes him a sought-after speaker. Lowery resides in Texas with his wife, Penny. They have three daughters and have ten grandchildren.
Evidence, a group consisting of Kirk Kirkland, Tim Henning and their wives Julianne and Amy, will lead worship at the event. They serve as the worship team at Judson Baptist Church, Nashville, Tennessee.
Evidence's mission is to encourage and challenge the body of Christ to be the evidence of a living, loving God to the world. Evidence’s members hope to partner with pastors and worship leaders to strengthen their churches and communities. The group ministers through concerts, worship leadership workshops and conferences, like MFR. Both families in the group have three children, ranging in age from 16 to 7.
The Ministers and Family Retreat begins Thursday afternoon, Aug. 5 and conclude on Saturday, Aug. 7. Individuals with questions can contact Cheryl Vaughn, the BCNM’s Evangelism and Discipleship Team ministry assistant, (505) 924-2314 or email@example.com.