Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities

5th Annual Pitchfork and Hay

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A Theological Retreat to Give You Tools for Ministry and Nourishment to Use Them 

Monday, March 12 – Wednesday, March 14 2018

Presenter: Dr. Craig Nessan

Topic: Spiritual Roots and Prophetic Proclamation: Church Leadership in Polarizing Times

In the letter of call we read: “Preach the Word… provide pastoral care… impart knowledge of this church and its wider ministry… witness to the kingdom of God in the community, in the nation, and abroad: and speak publicly to the world in solidarity with the poor and oppressed, calling for justice and proclaiming God’s love for the world.”

What does this mean for us?

How can church leaders remain spiritually grounded and support one another as colleagues in an age of polarization?

What does it mean to proclaim and follow the way of Jesus faithfully when they sound political?

Are there lessons from the past that can inform our leadership?

  • Cost: $325 All Inclusive 2 night stay, meals & programming or $275 commuter (no lodging)
  • An additional night of lodging is available Sunday or Wednesday evening @ $33 per person.
  • A non-refundable $50 deposit requested to secure your reservation.
  • Registration is limited to 30 participants. This has been a very well-received pastoral retreat format, register early to secure your spot!
  • MORNINGS will be dedicated to presentation and discussion with the Dr. Nessan. There will be optional casual discussion opportunities again prior to supper, but the afternoons are yours to retreat.
  • OPTIONAL AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES could include time for the sauna, a pool tournament, a massage, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, board games, movies, catching up with colleagues or making new friends, simply sitting by the fire reading or day-dreaming… or take a nap – you’ve earned it!

EVENINGS will be capped off with wine or other beverages (including non-alcoholic options), snacks and socializing. Please feel free to bring any personal favorites for yourself or to share with the group. And of course this retreat also features Shalom Hill Farm’s wonderful home cooked meals.



Common Ground Rural Immersions

An opportunity for youth to experience rural life, meet local folk, visit farms and production facilities, and reflect on our relationship to the land on which we live and depend.

Your Common Ground experience could include:

  • eating (or cooking) a hearty breakfast with farm fresh eggs
  • helping with farm chores like gathering eggs or feeding animals
  • exploring rural justice issues through study and discussion
  • discussing diversity issues with immigrants new to Southwest Minnesota
  • breaking down stereotypes
  • gathering under a star-lit sky around a bonfire for singing or worship
  • meeting a local youth group (church, 4-H, FFA)
  • experiencing the breathtaking prairie wind
  • impacting people’s lives by doing service projects like painting buildings or gardening
  • experiencing rural hospitality and small town life
  • participating in farm life
  • sharing stories unique to your own life

Your group will have the opportunity to tailor your rural immersion adventures to fit your needs and interests. You may also find that you are able to enrich your congregation’s mission by sharing your discoveries when you return home.

Currently a Rural Immersion Weekend (2 nights lodging/5 meals/& farm visits) cost around $115 per participant.  Longer rural immersions are also available and the price will be dependent on lodging nights, meals provided (groups can also bring their own meals), & your programming needs. Programming options could include things like farm and garden tours/visits, team building games, Bible studies, service projects, and much more

For more specific information on the Common Ground Youth Program please call Shalom Hill Farm’s at 507.831.2232


STaR Ministry 101 and 201

Please let us know if you are interested in scheduling a STaR (Small Town and Rural) Ministry class at Shalom Hill Farm

  • 101 is an introduction workshop for students and pastors new to the setting
  • 201 goes deeper for pastors already serving in a small town and/or rural setting.

    Care of Creation

    We specialize in offering workshops that focus on Care of Creation and evaluating our place in nature. Please contact us if you have an interest in scheduling a Care of Creation event.

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