The seemingly unending work of ministry can lead to a unique level of exhaustion and burnout. The spiritual discipline of solitude creates necessary space in the life of a minister to pray, reflect, listen, and commune with God so that their work can come from a place of depth and overflowing. Engaging in solitude is not only a source of refreshment, but a necessary aspect of discipleship to Jesus who often withdrew to lonely places even in the midst of his busy ministry.
We are starved for quiet, to hear the sound of sheer silence that is the presence of God himself.
-Ruth Haley Barton, Invitation to Solitude and Silence
Ministers who regularly take solitude retreats experience less burnout and a richer relationship with God- but it can be intimidating to engage in this sometimes intense spiritual practice without help. Guided retreats offer an opportunity to practice amongst experienced spiritual advisors.
Silence and Solitude by Ruth Haley Barton
Sacred Rhythms by Ruth Haley Barton
Invitation to Retreat by Ruth Haley Barton