Free retreat opportunity for clergy and spouses

Clergy invest a lot of time in relationships—first with God, but also with parishioners and people they encounter in the mission field.
But what about caring for their relationship with their spouse, and with others who are closest to them?
The Rev. Scott Gallimore, senior pastor of Piney Grove UMC Hot Springs, says that he and his wife, Rita, have been able to invest in their relationship through a special opportunity called Renew, a three-day retreat. It is open to married clergy and their spouses, and to single clergy, as well.
Offered by the Soderquist Center of Northwest Arkansas, Renew retreats are paid in full by a United Methodist couple that prefers to remain anonymous. The only cost to participants is travel to and from one of the several locations where retreats are held. 
Renew participants spend time discussing leadership practices and principles, and how they relate to growing in ministry. For married clergy, the experience involves spending one morning with an experienced marriage counselor to focus on growing your marriage; single clergy receive the same amount of time to focus on enhancing relationships.
“During 20 years in ministry, I have realized that my spouse is truly a fellow disciple in Jesus Christ with whom I desire to grow together in life and love,” Gallimore says. “Investing in that relationship has made me a better disciple and a better pastor. One of the most powerful investments we have made together is attending the Renew retreat.”
To learn more, visit, or contact the Gallimores to learn about their experiences through Renew at 870-370-1163 or