Well-Being Respite

​Board University presents Well-Being Respite, a unique online opportunity for members that supports wholeness.

Out of concern for the health and safety of our participants and presenters, we will not have an in-person 2021 Well-Being Retreat.

Well-Being Respite
"Having just finished the August respite, I can see how important it is for me to do this regularly. Normally, I am caring for the church, my family, and my community. This gives me an opportunity to care for me."

— Well-Being Respite attendee

Well-Being Respite is a unique online opportunity to step away from your daily routine and come to the well for spiritual renewal, mental stimulation, thoughtful conversation, and meaningful engagement with colleagues in life and ministry as you contemplate God's movement in our individual and collective experiences.

Available to all Benefits Plan members*, Well-Being Respite is a virtual space to pause, learn, reframe, and connect. Each of these four monthly offerings focuses on a different dimension of wholeness — financial, spiritual, vocational, and health — and how the current landscape shapes our understanding and application of it.

Each respite is comprised of the following:

  • worship
  • an engaging workshop
  • a panel discussion
  • break-out conversation with other participants

The event concludes with a charge and blessing as you return to the rhythm of your day. 

*Includes all active and retired plan members and their spouses, including surviving spouses.

May Respite: Mental Health and Emotional Wholeness

Ministry from the Overflow

What does it mean to live and minister from a place of emotional and spiritual abundance even as we are living in unprecedented times and surrounded by scarcity? How might attending to our mental health enable us to engage in ministry from the overflow?

Dr. Jessica Young Brown, Assistant Professor of Counseling and Practical Theology at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University and organizational health consultant, will focus our conversation on how ministers and others in ministry can attend to their mental health. She will examine various self-care practices that support our mental health, explore signs that mental health support is needed, and discuss strategies for seeking mental health services, acknowledging the particular pressures associated with being a member of the clergy. Ed Stetzer, PhD, Dean of the School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership at Wheaton College and a contributing editor for Christianity Today, notes, “Sometimes, we hurt ourselves here because we don’t reach out for help when we know we need it. Sometimes, we feel guilty because we think we aren’t ‘spiritual enough’ to make it without help.”

Join us for this important discussion on self-care and mental health during Mental Health Awareness Month.

Registration is now open for the May 19 Well-Being Respite. When you register, you'll find additional information about the event, including a detailed schedule.

2021 respite schedule

Scheduled topics and primary presenters for each respite are as follows. Registration for each respite will open a few weeks prior to the event. Check back for your opportunity to register for these unique online opportunities that support wholeness.

May 19 REGISTER NOW Dr. Jessica Young BrownEmotional
August 18Opening in JulyTBATBD
September 15Opening in AugustTBAFinancial
November 17Opening in OctoberTBASpirtual


These events are offered at no cost to Benefits Plan members, including all active and retired plan members and their spouses, including surviving spouses.


Email us with any questions.