"Like a tree planted by streams of water" (Psalm 1:3)

To see passionate Christ-following leaders serving the Lord with gladness, in fruitful partnership with the Holy Spirit.

Context (Need/Opportunity):
Many clergy, clergy spouses, and missionaries are wounded, weary, discouraged, and confused; with many of them contemplating stepping away from their callings.

To provide hospitable contexts for clergy, clergy spouses, and missionaries to be renewed by the Holy Spirit, to clarify their identity, purpose, and calling, and to refocus the direction and priorities of their marriages and ministries so that they can serve the Lord with gladness.

Core Convictions:
  • Healthy local churches are tangible expressions of God’s kingdom and crucial to His mission.
  • God intends for ministry leaders in churches to thrive and to be fruitful as they serve the Lord with gladness; first, and foremost, in their marriages and in their families, then in their ministries.
  • Ministry in a fallen world is difficult, often leading to weariness, discouragement, and confusion which can lead to burnout, moral failure, and abandoning pastoral ministry or cross-cultural mission.
  • Nurturing hospitality and compassionate intercession together form a path to healing. Being heard and cared for amid weariness and pain opens doors for recovering joy and gladness.
  • Lament is a crucial tool for connection with God during painful and challenging times.

  • High-heartedness (gladness, optimism, joy, hope, courage, peace)
  • Life-giving relationships (in marriages and among peers)
  • Humility, vulnerability, and inquisitiveness
  • Spirit-empowered, Christ-centered, biblically grounded, emotionally healthy leadership

About Our Facilitators
Shari Hobby grew up as a missionary kid in Guatemala, settling in the United States to attend high school and Wheaton College. Her passion is nurturing the souls of Jesus’ friends, giving the kind of restorative care to others that she received (or wishes she had received!).

She was a clergy spouse for 14 years and prepared for ordination in 2000 at Trinity School for Ministry. She has served as a parish priest, as the director of missionary care for a mission sending agency, and as a Hospice chaplain.

One of her favorite nicknames is “Marmie” because her grandkids say it with such delight.

Jim Hobby grew up in a family from South Georgia in exile “up north” (Detroit, Flint, Philadelphia, Buffalo, and New York). After coming to faith in high school and attending Wheaton College, Gordon-Conwell Seminary, and Trinity School for Ministry, he was ordained in 1986. He has served as a parish priest, the mobilization director of a mission agency, and as an Anglican bishop.

As with Shari, the voice of his grandchildren crying “Papa” is a glimpse of the delight that our Father has for us as his children.
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