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February 19-21, 2017

Mini Sabbatical for Ministry Leaders

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Jamin Goggin will be guiding us through the retreat, "Power in Weakness," on Monday starting at 9 am

During a Mini Sabbatical, you’ll have time to think, pray and connect with God and each other in the beauty of His creation called Sandy Cove. Imagine…no rush, no schedule.

By yourself…with your spouse…or with another pastor or ministry leader in need of the same. No formal meetings or programs to attend.

This is a Spirit-directed time for you. Have your own prayer retreat. Catch up on your reading. Write a book! Organize a staff retreat or planning time. Work on sermon outlines.


Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28 


Mini Sabbaticals are scheduled Sunday night through Tuesday morning


What is a Sabbatical?

sabbatical (noun)
a period of time during which someone does not work at his or her regular job and is able to rest, travel, do research, etc. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)


Sabbatical (from Latin sabbaticus, from Greek sabbatikos, from Hebrew shabbat, i.e., Sabbath, literally a “ceasing”) is a rest from work, or a break. The main Bible passage for sabbatical concepts is Genesis 2:2-3, in which God rested (literally, “ceased” from His labor) after creating the universe, and it is applied to people (Jew and Gentile, slave and free) and even to beasts of burden in one of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:8-11, reaffirmed in Deuteronomy 5:12-15). All agriculture was stopped during these periods, so even the land itself was given a Sabbath.


In recent times, “sabbatical” has come to mean any absence in the career of an individual. In the modern sense, one takes sabbatical typically to fulfill some goal, e.g., writing a book or traveling or research.

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Jamin Goggin

Retreat Leader

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Jamin Goggin serves as a pastor at Mission Hills Church. He has been in pastoral ministry for eleven years, including several years as the Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Saddleback Church. Jamin speaks and writes in the areas of spiritual formation, ministry and theology. He holds two Masters degrees and is currently earning a PhD in systematic theology. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Kristin, and their three children. Jamin helped start Metamorpha Ministries

Jamin believes that part of his pastoral vocation includes writing and speaking. He has written Beloved Dust: Drawing Close to God by Discovering the Truth About Yourself and The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb: Searching for Jesus’ Path of Power in a Church that Has Abandoned It (both co-authored with Kyle Strobel). He has also edited Reading the Christian Spiritual Classics: A Guide for Evangelicals (co-edited with Kyle Strobel). He frequently speaks at churches, retreats and conferences. Jamin writes and speaks from the depths of his own journey, seeking to invite others into the beauty and goodness of life with God.

For the sake of his own formation and training Jamin has committed himself to theological study. Jamin holds an MA in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care along with an MA in New Testament. Jamin is in the process of pursuing his PhD in Theology.

Jamin is firmly committed to the local church, believing it to be the primary location of God’s redemptive work. He is passionate about encouraging pastors to pursue life in Christ and to be relentlessly personal in their ministry. Jamin is humbled by the call to come alongside others in their journey of formation.

Power in Weakness

A retreat journey to uncover Jesus’ seemingly contradictory way to power: weakness. Christians have succumbed to the temptations of power and forgotten Jesus’ seemingly contradictory path to power—first giving it up.

MONDAY ONLY: $25 per person
Lunch and sessions with Jamin. Please call to register: 410.287.5433 | 800.234.2683
Session 1 begins at 9 am, followed by lunch at 12:30. Session 2 begins at 1:30 pm.

All rates are per person and include two nights lodging in the Chesapeake Lodge, four meals (3 meals Monday, Tuesday breakfast, and any available activities. The rate is $169 per person, whatever occupancy you choose, based on availablility. No other discounts apply.


   Purchase Online (Credit Card)

starting at $169 single occupancy

  • 1 Room
  • 1 Registration
  • 1 Guest Per/Room
$169.00 Total

*Price subject to change via room choice. Total is owed at checkoutwithin 30 days of the event. Over 30 days prior, the first night is owed at checkout.

 **No other discounts apply.

starting at $169 double occupancy

  • 1 Room
  • 2 Registrations
  • 2 Guests Per/Room
$338.00 Total

*Price subject to change via room choice. Total is owed at checkout within 30 days of the event. Over 30 days prior, the first night for 2 people is owed at checkout.

**No other discounts apply.

  Purchase Individual Registrations

If you need each registrant to purchase their own registration you will need to call and have one of our reservation assistants assist you.

 Call: 800.234.COVE (2683) or 410.287.5433

Treat yourself to an upgraded room!
Ask about beautiful bay view rooms and 2 room suites – a few with Jacuzzis! Upgraded charge is per room, not per person

Worried about weather? (Because sometimes it snows…) 

Sandy Cove has a “Good Weather Guarantee” for this event!
Register and then pray for snow. If 3 inches or more of white stuff falls at your house, Sandy Cove, or anywhere along your travel route during the days of the event, we will give you $50 off a future event, just for toughing it out and showing up!

Sandy Cove is a great place to be in a snowstorm – big windows next to a fireplace, a generator to keep the electricity on, staff who will shovel out your car. Some of our best programs have been in blizzards! But if it gets REALLY bad, (like it does about every 5 years) and you just can’t make it here, our cancellation policy for those extreme weather circumstances is very lenient.