The Wesley Study Retreat was created by Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Simpkins of Cocoa, Florida, so that United Methodist Clergy might recapture the spirit that formed the great Methodist movement.
The 10-day retreat is based at Oxford University in Oxford, England each June or fall. The travel, housing, breakfasts, and most dinners are provided by the retreat. Each traveler is asked to contribute $300.00 ($600.00 per couple) toward the cost of the retreat. The Participants will travel from Oxford to visit Wesley sites such as Epworth and Bristol and City Road, hearing presentations by local Wesley scholars. There will also be days in London, where travelers will worship at Wesley Chapel and visit Wesley's home.
Each participant must be serving in local church ministry, be in Full Connection, or if Licensed as a Local Pastor, have completed the Basic Course of Study, and have five (5) years of active ministry remaining before retirement. The retreat this year is led by one of the Retreat Trustees, and by local guides. There is space for eight (8) participants and the retreat is available to clergy and their spouse or individual clergy who will room with another clergy of the same gender. Covenant groups of 8 or fewer total participants (clergy and spouse) may apply to travel as a group when the clergy applicants meet the above criteria. Consideration will be given if one of a covenant group’s member is in Extension Ministry. Application deadline is October 1.
Air Travel is arranged as group. All retreat participants must travel to and from the United Kingdom together. Arriving early or staying longer than the planned itinerary is NOT an option. Retreat dates are available August 1 for the following calendar year.
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Complete the application and mail to the Office of Clergy Excellence, 450 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33815 or you may email your application to Sara McKinley. If you have any questions or need further information, please call the Office of Clergy Excellence at (863) 688-5563 x134.