In this issue of the Compass Online, I’m pleased to share with you the full announcement with details of our new QuietWaters Retreat and Ministry Center. There is a lot of activity going on at the new Center as we make it ready for use beginning in February 2010.
by Jim Schlottman
In 1999, a small group of men and women caught a vision “to ensure that every Christian leader and their families have a place to seek and find restoration and renewal.” That vision became QuietWaters Ministries. God has used QuietWaters to renew, restore and strengthen hundreds of Christian leaders and their families in the past nine years.
Up until now, the primary place for that renewal to happen has been the private residence of a retired physician and his wife. The Retreat Home they provided in Denver has been a blessing to so many! And we are extremely grateful for their incredible generosity.
The ministry has grown to a point that the number of pastoral and missionary couples we serve exceeds the capacity of that house. God has provided a new, permanent and larger retreat facility on property in Parker, Colorado-southeast of the Denver metro area. Just a few miles from the present offices, this beautiful, wooded site is an ideal place for God’s healing to take place. It can be the “grace place” for hundreds and even thousands more Christian leaders over the years ahead.
QuietWaters Ministries is known as the premier provider of Leadership Counseling Intensives in a home-like retreat setting. But there is more to the ministry than counseling leaders who are in crisis. From the very beginning, QuietWaters has always provided preventive services as well. This new facility will be a full-service Retreat and Ministry Center offering many preventive services in addition to intensive counseling.
The new Retreat and Ministry Center will be a hub for many more kinds of ministries. There is a need for a place where pastors and staff members can go for self-guided retreats and short-term staff meetings with overnight accommodations. The Ministry Center is a super place to hold educational seminars for church boards and staffs. It is a refreshing setting for conferences that help Christian leaders to get far enough away from the hustle and bustle of ministry to hear God’s quiet voice speak to them.
The new QuietWaters Retreat and Ministry Center is a beautiful two-story brick house providing over 8000 square-feet of ministry space on 2.78 acres of gently sloping wooded land. It seems built-to-order for the kind of ministry QuietWaters does best. Remarkably, its four guest bedrooms all have private baths, affording the privacy and exclusivity that our clientele need. The house has a private bedroom and bath for our on-site host couples. There are two rooms for private counseling and a room for groups of up to 20 people. The well-equipped kitchen is where the host couples will prepare delicious and nutritious meals for a houseful of hungry people. And the oversized dining room is a great space for gathering everyone together for fellowship around a table loaded with tasty food.
The new Retreat and Ministry Center is evidence that we serve a God who “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Eph. 3:20). While it is not showy or ostentatious, the new Retreat and Ministry Center has quality amenities that will be an extra blessing to hurting leaders. A swimming pool, squash court, and a hot tub (while not on the list of requirements) seem like extra gifts from God for individuals and couples who need to play, exercise, and relax. The property backs up to 12 acres of open space, and hiking trails are abundant in the area.
This picturesque property has lovely mountain views. A big deck and private patio areas offer choices for taking in the fresh air and abundant Colorado sunshine. A full walk-out basement provides plenty of extra space for more recreation and relaxation. It will be equipped with a billiards table, ping pong table, exercise equipment, and a special chapel for indoor meditation and prayer.
We praise God for the provision of this new Retreat and Ministry Center and hope that you will take the opportunity to participate in one of QuietWaters’ ministry offerings in the near future.
The Carpenter’s Volunteers is a group of handymen from Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church who have taken on the QuietWaters Retreat and Ministry Center as one of their projects. They have been joined by men and women from other Denver Metro area churches including Eastern Hills Community Church, Mission Hills Church, Horizon Community Church, and Greenwood Community Church.
If I were to begin naming the long list of individuals who have volunteered thus far, I know I would leave someone out. So to protect myself I won’t name anyone at this time.
We are so grateful for the many generous individuals who have given of their time and talents to get the new facility ready for use by pastors and missionaries and their families. We can’t say thank you strong enough or often enough to express how vital these volunteers are to the QuietWaters Ministry. If we keep going at the pace we have been going, we will be open the beginning of February 2010.
THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!
If you live in Colorado and would like to volunteer, call 303-639-9066 or email [email protected].
PLAY A VITAL PART
You can play a vital part in preparing the new QuietWaters Retreat and Ministry Center for pastors, missionaries and their families. Are you or someone you know able to donate a pool table, ping pong table, fitness equipment, kneeling bench, or a gazebo? These are some of the items that you could provide that would add so much to the retreat experience for pastors and missionaries.
All the furniture has been donated by the Furniture Row furniture stores and every room has been painted by volunteers with paint provided by Diamond Vogel Paints.
The QuietWaters Compass Online is published monthly as a free service of QuietWaters Ministries, whose mission is to renew, restore, and strengthen Christian leaders and their families. Opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of QuietWaters Ministries, its personnel or trustees. Material contained in this publication is not intended as a substitute for the professional assistance you can receive from a counselor, or health care provider. Requests for permission to reprint articles should be directed to the editor at the address below.
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The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
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