Join us for our upcoming marriage retreat, “Your House – God’s Design” November 10-12, 2017.
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For years we have prayed about a retreat center within a couple hour drive of our campuses. So much can be accomplished in education, training, development, and life change when you have an extended, concentrated time away from the heavy traffic of daily life.
About the Property:
Located at 5873 Mills Rd., Deckerville, MI, under 2 hours north east of Troy, the property is situated on 40 wooded acres, and just 1/8 mile off the shore line of Lake Huron. Built in 1997, this 13,500 square foot log home, was designed as a private residence. Newly renovated, it now has 12 bedrooms, 12 1/2 baths and multiple fireplaces. It was our desire to turn this beautiful residence into the Woodside Retreat Center. Now called The Lodge, it will become the place where marriages can be strengthened and restored, where leaders can be developed, and where pastors around the region can come to be refreshed and equipped.
The Three Main Purposes:
Strengthen Marriages Not only is the definition of marriage being attacked today, many Christian marriages are in trouble. The church spends a lot of time and energy to provide remedial help. The Lodge will provide opportunities for couples to receive practical and preventative counseling during Marriage Retreat weekends scheduled monthly throughout the year. Leadership Development and Team Building As Woodside continues to grow, there is an increasing need for campus pastor development, leadership training, DNA teaching and alignment, and team building. The Lodge will become a familiar place for all of our ministries. It becomes a home for leadership development for campus pastors, departmental training and development, neighborhood groups training and getaways, student leadership retreats, special needs leadership training, etc. The Lodge will be core to supporting our Leadership Development vision initiative. Men and women enrolled in our internship, mentoring and residency programs will be given the opportunity to gather together for leadership emersion and training. The Lodge will also be utilized by our message development team. It’s here they can have a block of concentrated time away for message series development, message writing, and collaboration meetings with creative and communication teams. This will produce a better product while developing people and teams. Pastors’ Encouragement and Enrichment Over 1,000 pastors leave the ministry every month citing burn out, anxiety and failing to meet expectations. Books and large conferences have not effectively worked to keep pastors functioning and fulfilled in ministry. The key is developing relationships with colleagues outside of one’s ministry setting. The Lodge provides this opportunity. During the week, 6-8 pastoral couples, from local churches, could gather for three days. They would bond and make connections. The hope is they will stay connected, encourage each other and have accountability throughout the year. As a cohort unit they could return the following year to deepen relationships and for further strategic ministry development.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How does the purchase of this property effect the existing campusing initiatives? The purchase of this property has been made possible through the generosity of a few of our Woodside families. This gives us the opportunity to continue to focus on our existing priorities. How will the operation of The Lodge be funded? An operational business plan is currently being utilized. Funding sources may include donors and facility rental fees. It’s our desire that eventually The Lodge will be self-sustaining. Who will run the day to day operations of The Lodge? We have hired an on-site resident property manager who will reside in an apartment which is located above the garage.