Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership
A CAFO Member Spiritual Renewal Retreat

We invite you to join fellow CAFO leaders along with author and teacher Ruth Haley Barton

Sunday, October 14th – 16th
Winshape Retreat Grounds, Georgia


Vibrant ministry springs from vibrant souls. So no undertaking is more important in Christian leadership than nurturing that deep-down life within — first in ourselves, and also in the teams we lead. If we ignore this call, amidst ministry demands we will inevitably grow dry and numb. Through habits that nourish spiritual life, we can offer the one thing people most need: that wise, tender, attentive presence that feels like Jesus.

This gently paced 2-night retreat will provide a mix of rich teaching & practical guidance, group growth and personal rest and contemplation. Come weary.

We will open ourselves to God’s renewal of our own souls. We will also learn together how to grow within our organizations a team culture and habits that sustains physical, emotional and spiritual vitality amidst ministry.



The breathtaking Winshape Retreat Grounds, Martha Berry Hwy, Rome, GA 30161 (map it)


Sunday, October 14 – 4:00pm through Tuesday, October 16 – 1:00pm


Leadership staff of all CAFO member organization.  (Up to two partial scholarships available to any member organization for whom cost would create any barrier.)


Regular Registration

After June 14

  • Single  Room:  $375
  • Double Room*: $335

*For a less expensive option, select a double room to share with another CAFO leader.  (Single rooms include one king bed.  Double rooms include two single beds.)   CAFO will match you with another leader, or include the name of your preferred co-occupant when you register. Please be sure the other person is also registered separately

CAFO Member Scholarships

CAFO Member Scholarships are available for all 2018 Member Organizations:

  • Organization Member Level: $150 off one registration
  • Investor Member Level: $150 off 3 registrations
  • Champion Member Level: $150 off 4 registrations


View the schedule HERE.


Ruth Haley Barton

Ruth Haley Barton (Doctor of Divinity, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary) is founder of the Transforming Center (, a ministry dedicated to strengthening the souls of clergy, Christian leaders and the congregations and organizations they serve. A sought-after speaker, retreat leader and trained spiritual director (Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation), she is the author of numerous books and resources on the spiritual life including:

  • Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry
  • Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups
  • Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation
  • Life Together in Christ: Experiencing Transformation in Community
  • Invitation to Solitude and Silence

Dr. Barton has been a student, a practitioner, a teacher and a leader in the area of Christian spirituality and spiritual formation for over twenty years. She has served on the pastoral staff of several churches, has taught at the graduate level and travels widely, teaching and consulting with churches in the areas of spiritual formation, leadership discernment and transforming community.

Register below, we'd love for you to join us!