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True to our mission, “For the Support of Ministry,” we know that the needs of ministers and their families are many and great. As we continue to expand Ministerial Relief and Assistance and renew our commitment to walk with clergy throughout all stages of ministry, we invite you to attend The Gathering: A Retreat for Pastors. The Gathering is a biennial conference that helps you connect with other pastors as you join together to learn and discuss spiritual, health, and financial wellness. Our hope is that you will leave The Gathering feeling refreshed and inspired.


The conference will open on Tuesday, Sept. 6 with The American Spiritual Ensemble (ASE). ASE is composed of some of the finest performers in the classical music world. ASE consists of more than 125 singers hailing from a wide variety of backgrounds, including; The Metropolitan Opera soloists, Broadway veterans, as well as some of the most prominent voice professors within the United States.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Matt Bloom, Ph. D. is a professor at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame with expertise in working with a variety of not-for-profit organizations. He leads the Flourishing in Ministry and Wellbeing at Work research projects which focus on the wellbeing of helping and caring professions. Matt is passionate about finding real solutions to make work a healthy, vibrant, life-enriching experience as a spouse of a former United Methodist minister. Matt will share the latest research on the wellbeing of clergy and practical insights about how to build and sustain that wellbeing.

Schedule of Events


  • 6:00 pm - Welcome Dinner
  • 7:00 pm - Opening Worship with The American Spiritual Ensemble


  • 7:30 am - Breakfast Available
  • 9:00 am - Opening Worship
  • 9:30 am - 12:00 pm - Dr. Matt Bloom on Working Well
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm - Lunch at the Hotel
  • 1:00 - 2:30 pm - Dr. Matt Bloom
  • 2:30 pm - Closing Worship
  • 3:00 pm - Afternoon and Evening to explore New Orleans


  • 7:30 am - Breakfast Available
  • 9:00 am - Opening Worship
  • 9:15 - 11:30 am - Dr. Matt Bloom on Working Well
  • 11:30 am - Closing Worship
  • 12:00 pm - Busses load and depart for the Airport



  • $100 if your home congregation average worship attendance is less than 100
  • $150 if your home congregation average worship attendance is more than 100
  • $150 for spouses

Cost includes registration, two breakfasts, one lunch, and a hotel for two nights. Additional discounted room rates are available over Labor Day weekend to come before the beginning of the conference as well as the weekend following the conference.

Arrival transportation to the hotel will not be provided, however, Pension Fund will be arranging shuttles to the airport at the conclusion of the event. If you choose to stay longer, you will be responsible for transportation back to the airport.