REFRESH Brings Relationships, Reconnection and Renewal

Date Posted: 10/10/2013

Sculpted as a pastor appreciation event by the TAC Center for Clergy Excellence, the first REFRESH weekend “treated” 32 pastors to a special time of recognition, resourcing, and rejoicing. 


Many spiritual highlights have occurred after three days…the recent REFRESH retreat, notwithstanding. Rev David Porterfield, First UMC, Bryan says, “I found it simply wonderful.  The retreat was a great time to reconnect in an intimate setting with clergy companions and share in a process of growth together.”


The 32 clergy who attended this first retreat at Lakeview enjoyed hearing Rev. Jim Bankston share valuable insight during worship.  Additionally, Peter Cammarano provided the attendees with an overview of their Birkman Assessment and started them on their quest to learn more about themselves.


Adds David, “What a gift to have the personal and professional development tool called the Birkman Method provided for us, along with coaching. This time will prove to be a springboard for deeper relationships and renewal in my calling.”


According to Rev. Gail Ford Smith, Director of the TAC Center for Clergy Excellence, this leadership development initiative invites clergy into a 9-month process of personal and professional assessment and development. “This time of special recognition is based on the common starting point date of ordination in full connection or licensing with TAC. Those who are not celebrating a milestone year in 2013 will have the opportunity to participate in a forthcoming year.”


Coming Soon

Clergy celebrating an 5th, 10th, 15th …( any multiple of 5) anniversary of Ordination or continuous appointment as a full-time local pastor in the Texas Annual Conference are invited in the spring to participate in a 9-month process of personal and professional assessment and development as they reflect on their call to ministry and how it will shape their ministry in the coming years.