Continuing Education

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5th Annual Pitchfork and Hay:

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), 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.



    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 enjoy offering workshops that focus on Care of Creation and evaluating our place in nature. Please contact us if there is an interest in scheduling a Care of Creation class.