Coaching Series and In-Person Restorative Retreat

Ingalls Creek is offering two continuing education opportunities for pastors to find revitalization in their life and ministry. Each opportunity can be experienced independently of one another, or if you do both you can bundle and save! Take a look below for more information on each.


For your encouragement and growth, Ingalls Creek, in partnership with the Academy of Artful Leadership, invites you to join us online for a series of six intimate cohort sessions alongside other pastors exploring the realities of ministry today. This option also includes four one-on-one sessions with Roy Howard (see below) for personal coaching in your particular context. Coaching sessions will be scheduled at a mutually agreeable time.

Sessions are scheduled for 9:00-10:30 am on Wednesdays as follows.

  • February 15: Purpose, Identity & Vision
  • March 1: Prayer & Presiding
  • March 15: Courage & Risk
  • March 29: Building Resilience
  • April 12: Navigating Conflict
  • April 26: Developing a Rule of Life

This series has been offered by Roy in a variety of ministerial contexts, shown to bring revitalization, imagination, and energy to the calls of ministers in the field. Consider these recommendations from those who have experienced the program and personal coaching.

“I have never finished a coaching session without a new perspective and new energy. I would enthusiastically recommend him as a coach to anyone who wants to be a more grounded and effective leader.” Any Nagel, Associate Pastor for Discipleship and Mission, Central Presbyterian Church, Towson, MD.

“I’ve been participating in Roy’s current coaching cohort, and it’s been hugely helpful to me as I develop sustainable patterns for ministry. In fact, I’d say it was the single best use of my continuing education funds last year. Roy is a good listener and asks the right questions. In individual coaching, he has a particular ear for over-functioning and clarity regarding roles in ministry. Group coaching has been a great way to meet new colleagues, gain insights into new ideas, and process sticking points in my own ministry. I can’t recommend coaching with Roy enough!” Linda Kurtz, Associate Pastor, First Presbyterian Chruch, Lexington,

Cost: $750 per person

Space is limited to encourage a more intimate setting. Scholarships may be available. Please inquire with Becca at

Our Guide: Roy Howard, Leadership Coach and Consultant

Roy W. Howard is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation, a certified facilitator with Healthy Congregations, Dean and adjunct faculty member of the Academy of Artful Leadership (AAL) and a certified trainer with the Holy Cow consulting group.

Previously Roy served for 32 years as a pastor with congregations in Kentucky, Virginia and Maryland. Roy has a MDiv is from Emory University Candler School of Theology and a DMin from Wesley Theological Seminary. His other interests include photography, reading, hiking, bird-watching and walking long distances on pilgrimage. To learn more about Roy, go here, check out his full bio (underneath his picture), and watch the video interview below. Professional one-on-one coaching with Roy will be available following the retreat if desired or needed.


JULY 23-27, 2023

  • Refresh your spirit through prayer, sharing in the Eucharist, and appreciating God’s creation.
  • Invigorate the body with outdoor recreation.
  • Stimulate the mind by engaging in discussion around a shared reading.
  • Establish a rhythm of life that enables you to flourish for the long haul.

This Pastor Wellness Retreat will provide you with a respite, an opportunity to step away from the relentless demands of ministry and intensive relationship dynamics. You will participate in activities to refresh spirit, mind, and body by engaging with God’s creation, building relationships with one another in community life, and participating in guided deep dialogue around a shared reading.


Attractively situated at the confluence of two mountain streams 12 miles southeast of Leavenworth, Washington, Ingalls Creek Enrichment Center offers a wonderful, natural, quiet, and peaceful setting removed from the chatter and clutter of everyday life. Learn more about Ingalls Creek here. For a map and directions click here.


Event check-in begins at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, July 23 with dinner served at 6:00 p.m. The Pastor Wellness Retreat concludes with lunch on Thursday, July 27. Checkout is by 2:00 p.m.

Experience a rhythm of morning and evening prayers, shared meals and Eucharist celebration, regional hiking and outdoor opportunities, rich conversation with colleagues, time for music, personal sharing, stories, and restorative rest.


In preparation for the retreat discussions, you will secure and read one text in advance.

  • Churches and the Crisis of Decline by Andrew Root. 2022. Grand Rapids, MI. Baker Books.

You must secure (purchase, borrow) the book, read it prior to the retreat, and be prepared to discuss it at the retreat.


Spouses who serve as co-pastors may both come as full participants. Non-pastor spouses may also register to come at the cost of lodging and meals, prioritizing the full participation of the minister participant. They will have full access to the grounds during their stay. The focus of this retreat is on pastoral wellness, and therefore is not designed for other family members, though please consider a family gathering on the site at another time.


Solo Pastor: $750 – covers 4 nights lodging, all meals and snacks, and program. Lodging options include private or semi-private room, private or semi-private bath, shared room, and dorm room.

Co-Pastors (both spouses): $1250 – inclusions are the same as for the solo pastor.

Non-program participating Spouse: $250 – does not participate in program activities, covers lodging, meals and snacks.

Space is limited to encourage an intimate setting. Scholarships may be available. Please inquire with Becca at

Registration Deadline is May 15, 2023.

Bundle and Save: Register for both the COACHING SERIES and the PASTOR WELLNESS RETREAT and save $250. Cost per solo pastor is $1250. Cost for co-pastors (both spouses) is $1750 and for solo pastor plus non-program participating spouse is $1500. Use either registration button above to register.