For over 20 years, CHR has been actively investing in the lives of Christian leaders, from full-time ministers and missionaries, to pastoral staff, to those pursuing their Christian vocation in various places of work. A foundational part of our mission has been to serve the Church by promoting spiritual growth, emotional health and relational competence. The ChurchStrong effort is just one example of the breadth and depth of the work of The Center for Healthy Relationships
Healthy Leaders, Healthy Ministries
About ten years ago, several men asked Dr. Oliver to host a mini-retreat to share some of the things that God had been teaching him about intra- and inter-personal spirituality. This first, small group met at Subiaco Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in the Ouachita Mountain range of central Arkansas. They wanted to learn more about what it might look like to become more like Jesus in all of who He made us to be and become — our thinking, our doing and in our feeling.
This experience was designed to focus on how to spend time, not just learning more about God, but actually spending time with God — how wait, be still and listen. What began as a two-day “retreat” became a four-day “intensive,” primarily for male and female “professional” ministry leaders.
Recently, CHR has developed an intensive experience for mature “lay” leaders who share the same desire to grow and become more conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29).
Our 4-day intensives are still held at Subiaco Abbey, but have also been held at retreat centers in California and Minnesota!
What Others Say About Our Intensives:
Going Deeper Discussion Groups
Participants in the intensives as Subiaco Abbey expressed an interest in continuing their investment in their own spiritual, emotional and relational growth. In 2020, CHR began our Going Deeper groups for just this purpose and just for those who have previously participated in an intensive experience.
Participants engage with books and texts intended to further stretch themselves, and then engage with others to better understand how to apply the content to their daily lives, their work and their ministries. These experiences provide meaningful opportunities to continue the conversations and transformations that began during one of the intensives.
Going Deeper groups involve participants from around the United States, and meet in person or online.
Currently, participation in the Healthy Leaders, Healthy Ministries intensives and the Going Deeper groups is by invitation only.