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Pastor Track Added to 2015 Retreat to the Cove


By Carl Stagner

How many hats does your pastor wear? Maybe you are that pastor, and you know all too well that we’re not talking about fashion. From preacher to teacher, from administrator to janitor, today’s pastor continually juggles responsibilities at the church, the hospital, the nursing home, the second job, and more—not to mention his or her own household. It’s time to relax, take a deep breath, and make plans to get away for just a few days in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. The annual CBH Retreat to the Cove could be just the break you need. Pastors will be intrigued this year by the first-ever Pastor Track added to the schedule. So, churches, would you consider making it possible for your pastor to “retreat to The Cove” this year? After all, the October 18–21 event takes place smack dab in the middle of Pastor Appreciation Month. Continue reading

On Prayer Patrol


By Carl Stagner

He arrives an hour and forty-five minutes before the service begins. Before even one other car has parked in the lot, he’s made his rounds, pausing at each pew. Each week, love for Christ and the church compel him to bathe the property in prayer. He’s not the pastor, and he has no degree in theology. He’s discovered that prayer is powerful, though he’s not been a Christian all that long. His name is Ed Ommert, and his story connects NAC, Christians Broadcasting Hope, and prayer walking. He is on prayer patrol at First Church of God of Middle River in Baltimore, Maryland. Continue reading