The Lodge

Join us for one of our upcoming marriage retreats:

Heart of Marriage – Too many couples describe their marriage as lifeless and each other as roommates. It is far too common for marriages to drift into complacency and neglect, causing couples to live as strangers or enemies. But marriages have a transcendent value and a God-sized mission and are meant to be fulfilling and enjoyed. This retreat is designed to help you reconnect with your spouse by presenting five essentials for a thriving, meaningful marriage.

About the speakers: Les (MA, LPC) and Rhonda (RN) Morrison have been married 32 years and have been in helping professions (Les as a pastor and counselor, Rhonda as a nurse) for the same number of years. Drawing from experiences in their own marriage and the countless marriages they have encouraged and counseled, the Morrisons are passionate about helping couples develop a God-centered marriage to be enjoyed for a lifetime.

Rejuvenate!  Foster and Adoptive Parents – When you made the decision to foster or adopt, you joined the heart of God in His beautiful mission to be a “father to the fatherless”. But as you know, accepting this call is an invitation to a battle that requires great sacrifice. This weekend will remind us why creating family for our children is worth our lives, give us tools to engage with greater effectiveness and joy, and encourage us to rekindle the love and passion for our spouse. This retreat is designed to be just that…a retreat. Come and receive encouragement, rest, and a refocus on God’s amazing plan for your family.

About the speakers: Mark and Callie Nelson have been partners in life as well as ministry since 1985. In 1990, they were one of three founding couples of Kensington Church . Together they led the Arts and Production teams for 25 years. Today they continue to serve at the Kensington Clarkston campus as lead pastors. The Nelsons have seven children, four biological and three adopted as well as two grandchildren. Eleven years ago they were called into the world of adoption and have been passionate advocates for children and families on this journey ever since. Mark and Callie reside with their children in Clarkston enjoying their small farm, complete with horses, goats, chickens and other creatures.

Registration for all retreats will conclude two weeks prior to retreat.

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The cost is $350 per couple. This includes accommodation and meals for the stay.

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 is 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.

Background and Purpose:

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.  There are three main purposes for our retreats at The Lodge:

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.

Upcoming Marriage Retreats

Upcoming Campus Marriage Retreats