We offer Individual Retreats and Couples Retreats
Serving God by serving people can be spiritually, physically, and emotionally exhausting. Sometimes it’s hard to even imagine a day where there is nothing you have to do and nobody you have to meet with: no messages to respond to, no groups to lead, no sermons or teaching to offer, no crisis to tend to.
A Christview retreat gives you time without obligations to unplug, slow down, and be where God can restore your soul. Come by yourself, or with your spouse. Be ready for God to minister to you and give you what you most need. For more information click on our FAQ below.
The first thing a retreat offers is REST. Sleep as late as you want and relax in a quiet, beautiful environment. Enjoy some “just being” time, lingering over a cup of coffee, or sitting on the deck and looking at the hills and wildlife.
What else do you do on your retreat? That is up to you and the Lord. Here are some possibilities:
You can arrange your retreat to fit your schedule. We recommend spending at least 2 nights at Christview. Some guests have stayed as long as 2 weeks. Contact Judy Turner to arrange dates: 479-253-5865 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost should not be a problem. Christview operates on the basis of suggested donation. Whatever you are led or able to give, is fine.
Scholarships are available!
Generous donors who want to help people in ministry have made scholarships available. That’s right – your way is paid for a 2 night retreat for you, or for you and your spouse! When you arrange for your retreat, you can ask about a scholarship.
The Retreat Guest Suite is a comfortable, well-furnished private area of the Christview Ministries Center, with a bedroom, bath, sitting/dining room, patio, and kitchenette. The kitchenette has a full-sized refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, coffee pot, dishes and utensils. For pictures click here. Bringing your own food for breakfasts, lunches, and snacks gives you optimum freedom in your schedule. You are also welcome to use the full kitchen in the common area.
You have the option of sharing the evening meal with John and Judy Turner, who are the founders of Christview Ministries. They love to offer hospitality and will host your retreat. John and Judy like to cook healthy and delicious meals for guests to enjoy, making provision for special diets. Retreat guests often say that conversation around the dinner table was one of the best gifts of their retreat.
About our Ministry Team Available for You (upon your request)
As a spiritual director, Judy helps you grow closer to God and discern how God is working in your life. She can make suggestions for meaningful ways for you to pray and connect with God, and assist you in getting past the places where you feel stuck or blocked, as you seek to move forward with God. God is directing your retreat, but Judy is often able to help with listening to God and receiving what God has for you.
Many pastors have never been on retreat. Judy can meet with you at the beginning of your retreat and provide some guidance. Some retreat guests choose to meet with Judy each day during their retreat to talk about what is coming up in their prayer; some guests meet with Judy at the conclusion of their retreat to review and celebrate what God has done.
Judy, with her husband John are the founders of Christview Ministries. Judy is an ordained minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She has experience with pastoring congregations and has also served as a national church consultant and trainer of new church pastors. Judy has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Baylor University, and a Master’s Degree in Religion from Vanderbilt University. Judy is certified as a spiritual director through the St. Scholastica Spiritual Direction Formation Program.
A major thread running through the tapestry of her varied experience is a love for seeing people come to Christ and discover their gifts for serving him. Judy enjoys exploring new places, good movies, great stories, and lingering over a meal in interesting conversation.
John can help you explore any Bible topic or question. He can suggest the most helpful Bible Commentaries from the Christview library to address your question, or to help you prepare that sermon series. John loves study of the scriptures, and has devoted many years to mining their riches and sharing those riches with others. He recently wrote a book, Living the Full Bible, tracing major themes from Genesis to Revelation. He uses a full range of Bible study methods to reveal the Living God.
John Turner is an ordained minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He was brought up on a family farm near Fredonia, Kansas. He loved the farm animals and the wildlife on the farm. When he wasn’t eagerly reading or reluctantly doing farm chores, he was likely observing nature.He went from the farm to the University of Chicago where he received a B.A. After the urban North, John’s next stop was in the South where he attended Vanderbilt University Divinity School and earned a Master of Divinity degree. John has over 40 years of pastoral experience, having served congregations in Kansas, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Indiana.
For the last 13 years John’s ministry through Christview Ministries includes teaching an in-depth Bible class and mentoring people in individual study, as they have special learning needs, or want to focus on the books of the Bible or themes of their choosing. Whether with groups or individuals, John shares his passion for the richness and divine authority of the Bible, the mission of Christ and his followers, spiritual renewal, Christ-centered formation and worship. John still enjoys reading and nature.
Mark has a heart for pastors, and has trained and developed skills through the years to counsel with pastors and their families. You can talk confidentially with Mark about problems in your personal life or in your ministry setting. He can help you receive God’s healing for your pain and God’s direction for making positive changes. He would be glad to meet with both you and your spouse to help you work toward a better marriage.
Mark is an ordained minister and is endorsed by the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. Mark graduated from John Brown University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. He earned a Masters in Divinity with an emphasis in Pastoral Counseling from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.
Mark served in the Arkansas Army National Guard for a career of more than twenty years. After eight years of enlisted service, he was commissioned as a Chaplain. He was deployed to Iraq in 06-08. He retired as the Deputy Senior Army Command Chaplain for Arkansas with responsibility for oversight and care of the Chaplains and Chaplain Candidates entering military ministry. Pastor Mark has served youth ministries and senior pastorates in addition to his military service. He is currently the pastor of First Christian Church, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
When Mark isn't in his study, he enjoys outdoor activities, watching movies and documentaries, and wandering through museums.
Danny is a credentialed coach with the International Coach Federation, the premier organization for professional coaches worldwide. He can help you strengthen your leadership skills in ministry. Do you need a vision for your congregation? Danny can help you discern God’s leading for the future. Do have a passion for a particular ministry but don’t know how to get there? Danny can help you find God’s way. Do you face issues or challenges in ministry that seem overwhelming? Danny can help you find creative approaches and solutions.
Danny’s standing with the ICF along with a bachelors degree in music and a masters degree in theology and pastoral counseling make him well equipped to work with pastors and people in ministry, whether for personal or professional development. With over thirty years in leadership positions and working with people in times of crisis as well as success, Danny offers extensive experience helping individuals and groups think more creatively so they can be more effective in solving problems and taking advantage of opportunities. His experience as a musician is the foundation for his focus on creative thinking and creative problem solving.
There's a surprising similarity between directing a choir or orchestra and being the faciliator for team development. His background in pastoral ministry and counseling has equipped him to be someone who listens carefully and can reflect honestly and openly with clients on the most important issues they face.
In addition to coaching, Danny currently serves as Minister of Music for First Methodist Church, Springdale, Arkansas.