Rest, Renewal & Refreshment for ministry families

Posted by:  Jessica Cornelius

Since vacation season is upon us, I thought it would be fun to let you know of some great places that offer discounts or free lodging for pastors!  Please note that you’ll need to do your own research.  I’ve not stayed at these places but the discounts are worth looking into!

At the end of the list, you’ll notice a link that lists several vacation houses and retreat centers that minister to hurting pastors and their families through life-coaching, counseling and encouragement.

Whitestone is a bed and breakfast located on Watts Bar Lake, Tennessee.  There is a 50% discount for full-time pastors, Sundays through Thursdays.

Other resorts offering discounts to pastors are Branson Condos in Missouri and Kona Ocean Condos in HAWAII.  Visit pastorcondo.com for instructions on reserving your condo.

Pinecove Christian Camp has camps in Texas for youth and family retreats and offers pastors, missionaries and seminary students a free stay during the fall and spring.  It must be dates that do not conflict with their camp season.  In order to inquire, call their offices at 877-474-6326.

Deer Ridge Ministries, located in Freeport, Illinois offers free lodging for pastors and their spouses.  God has called the founders of this ministry to provide a needed refuge for pastors and their spouses. They provide a place of peace, refreshment and rest for body and soul at no cost to their guests.  A $100 deposit is required to secure your reservation but is returned to you upon arrival.

The Eagle’s Nest is a Christian Retreat Center that overlooks Normandy Lake in Tennessee.  There is no charge for ministry families to stay.  Love offerings are accepted but not necessary.

And if you’re in the mood to visit the beaches of South Carolina, check out Myrtlewood Villas in Myrtle Beach! The owners of this condo offer incredible discounted rates for those in ministry. Use this special discount for a time of private devotion and study or as a getaway with your family.

Canna Country Inn is a bed and breakfast located in Etters, Pennsylvania.  Canna offers a discounted rate for ministry families.  Log on to cannainnbandb.com for more info.

Through the Christian Hospitality Network, over 900 hotels in the U.S.A. offer discounts of 25 – 50% to pastors, missionaries and full time Christian workers. You can make your reservations by accessing their website: christianhospitalitynetwork.org.

Located in Greeneville, Tennessee, The Harbor is a place for pastors, CEOs, couples and young people to come and get renewed physically, emotionally and spiritually. The typical cost per night to stay at Elijah’s Harbor at one of our 4 bedroom fully furnished homes is $150.  For ministers, the cost is $75 per night.

For a more extensive list of resources, including facilities that offer counseling services, visit my-pastor.com and Tony Cooke Ministries for great retreat centers that offer complimentary lodging across the country!

If you know of some great vacation spots that offer discounts for ministry families, please share!

25 thoughts on “Rest, Renewal & Refreshment for ministry families

  1. Lindsey

    Love this post!

    Another amazing retreat center is Winshape Retreat! Its Chick Fil A’s retreat center in Rome, GA. Lead Pastors/Sr Pastors/Family Pastors (and wives) stay for free. They will normally have about 5 wks you can pick from. They discount the price for all other Church/Ministry Staff positions.

    Here is the website: http://www.winshaperetreat.org/

    Its beautiful!

  2. LuAnn

    The Settle Inn in Lincoln, NE and the one in Omaha, NE have a pastors room that is free. There is only 1, so you have to book early. They also discount pretty good. It is just a hotel, but it is nice to get away sometimes.

  3. Marcie Wallenmeyer

    Wondering about the Myrtlewood Villas in SC – the link says the site is under construction. Do you have any other contact information for them?

    Thanks!

  4. Denise Fehlman

    Hi,
    My husband and I have had it on our hearts to start a B&B ministry and doing the research to get our business plan put together. Our desire is to provide a B&B specifically set aside to be a place of rest and renewal for pastors and missionaries with inn keepers that are retired pastors/missionaries. We would be especially grateful for any information anyone could provide to us. We want to know what pastors and their families need. Thanks in advance.

  5. Denise Fehlman

    Oops forgot some important information:
    It is our intent that this would be provided at no charge.

  6. Mary Lee Meter

    We have just opened a villa on the beautiful island of Antigua, Villa Arkaios, that provides for rest, relaxation, and restoration for those in full-time ministry in the US or overseas. Options include a private snorkeling or sail charter and ministry and couples coaching.

    http://www.arkaios.org

  7. Gina

    Chalet Retreat Ministries in Roan Mountain TN is a great one. So beautiful in the mountains and the chalets are nice and very affordable!

  8. Rebekah

    This is a beautiful Bed and Breakfast in Selinsgrove, PA and they let Pastor’s and Missionaries stay free. It’s in the woods and absolutely gorgeous!

  9. Donna Hall

    Casa Corridor is a beautiful and serene location for Pastors, their wives, and their families to decompress, rest and renew from the stresses of full-time ministry. It is ideally located halfway between Cabo san Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.

    The 4 bedroom, 3 bath condo fronts the 2nd fairway of the Cabo Real golf course and boasts panoramic ocean views.

    Guests may be as active as they care to be (or not)! Local activities include golf, fishing, a variety of water activities, whale watching, hiking, shopping, and more.

    The tranquil setting provides ample opportunity for guests to renew their relationship with God as well as each other.

    Is also ideally suited for a Pastoral Staff retreat for prayer, planning, and team building.

    The hosts offer discount pricing to ministers.

  10. Marissa Greene

    The Hampton Inn and suites Oceanfront in Myrtle Beach, SC offers a 50% ministers discount from September thru May. They even have a nice hot breakfast every morning, lots of pools(with a few 1 foot kid pools and lazy rivers), and hot tubs!

  11. Misaekyeon

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  12. Terry Jo Lynch

    Thank you for this info. I have been on the computer for a month trying to find something.
    We need to get away bad, but when you pastor a small country church, you can’t afford to go on vacations.

  13. Christine and Roy Cochran

    Hi, we have been on church staffs for 20 years and now for the past 9 years are in a support driven ministry to support artists. We live in Southern California. Do you know of any places available for our family on the west coast?

  14. Ikechukwu Odumodu

    Hello Jessica,

    Thank you for the work you are doing. May the Lord continue to strengthen you in Jesus name.

    My family and I (seven persons) are planning on a vacation from Nigeria to New York city and environs from 13th April to 12th May,2017.
    The youngest of my children is aged 2+ while the oldest is 13.

    We would be very grateful if you could recommend a home or hotel in NYC where we could get discounts on our stay.

    Thanks.

    Ikechukwu (Iyke)

  15. Jill Pietroburgo

    My husband and I have a cottage in South Central Missouri that we have available for those serving in ministry. The cost is $30 a night. Our Facebook page is Eagles’ Wings Ministries of the Ozarks. We would love to share our beautiful Salt Box home.

  16. Queen Mcgee

    Thank so much for this God lead on my heartto go to all states of America and preach the on th streets please help with more places to stay free if possible I raise the money to keep going thank you my email address eddymay888@gmail.com

  17. Queen Mcgee

    We are looking for lodging at speak across all 50 states if anyone knows of any lodging or good discount there we could have gone to all 50 states please contact us

  18. Jannet Hoeffner

    We have a vacation home in Eastern Oregon that is
    absolutely free for ministry guests. You may find the calendar availability information on our VRBO website. We also have a Facebook page that shows lots of pictures @ThePrairieRoseGuesthouse.
    Call 541-620-2020 to make Reservations
    Jannet Hoeffner

  19. Jack Davis

    Hi my name is Jack Davis. My wife and I are taking our first sabbatical from full time pastoring. I have researching in Oregon for a place to rest and renewal. I see you may have a vacation home in East Oregon or may know of a place for us. Thanks for any help you may offer.

  20. Tari Holtorf

    This is incredible! My husband and I always talk about the biggest difficulty in ministry is as we care for so many…who can we lean into for refreshment and self-care. This is an amazing list I will research as our 25th anniversary is in December and we were not able to afford to go anywhere. This gives me hope! Amazing to see this ministry and generousity toward pastor families! Thank you!!!!

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