Replenish Weekend: How to lead from a healthy soul, Feb. 28-March 1
Jan 27, 2014
By BARBARA DENMAN
Florida Baptist Convention

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ORLANDO (FLBaptist)—A weekend retreat to help Florida Baptist ministry leaders determine “how to lead from a healthy soul,” will feature Lance Witt, author of the book Replenish and his wife, Connie. They will address ministry needs and challenges while providing encouragement and experience for renewal and refocusing. 

“Ministry changes and challenges are continual and demanding in today’s world and involves the outer and inner, private and public, front and back stage functions and needs,” said leadership specialist Emanuel Roque. He is team strategist for the Florida Baptist Convention’s Leadership Ministries Team, sponsor of the Feb. 28-March 1 Replenish Weekend conference at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando.

Research has identified two areas as critical to leadership longevity—effective strategies and health. While ministry strategy is addressed in other venues, “this Replenish Weekend and ensuing process is part of a Healthy Leadership Initiative that addresses “How to lead from a healthy soul.”

“I firmly believe that we lead best in our callings as healthy Kingdom leaders who practice missional servant leadership,” Roque said. “It’s given by grace alone, but we must learn to build solid relationships and frameworks that encourage and equip us to live out our God given purpose and potential.”

The conference is designed to help participants prioritize matters of the soul; develop healthy spiritual practices; address problems that lead to burnout; create a healthy rhythm in life; craft a healthy leadership culture; and to develop better systems in their churches. 

The weekend will be valuable to participants by providing an environment and process with an “experienced practitioner, facilitator, author and coach” to address issues and needs that those in ministry constantly face, according to Roque.  

Keynote speaker Lance Witt, founder of “Replenish Ministries,” was a pastor for more than 30 years, including time he served as executive and teaching pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif. At Saddleback he assisted in the development of and lead the “40 Days of Purpose” and “40 Days of Community” campaigns. 

“Lance and Connie Witt have lived these realities and relate their journeys incredibly well with great encouragement and practical help,” Roque said. “They will also provide a framework and materials in the book for the leader to build strength and health into their life at a personal and team level.” 

Roque expects the weekend to serve as an “oasis and platform to build on for the leader and spouse, as well as with those from their team. Specific needs and opportunities from each of those perspectives will be addressed. “

The weekend conference is open to all Florida Baptist ministry leaders, pastors and wives. It begins Friday at 7 p.m. and concludes Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Cost to attend is $199 for couples (double occupancy); $140, single occupancy. To make reservations or ask questions, call Lorie Morgan at 904-596-3018 or email, lmorgan@flbaptist.org.  

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