Soul Leaders

Are you yearning for a community where you can be seen and known? Where you can have the freedom to dream new dreams? Where you will be encouraged, inspired, and given space, time, and resources to grow as a leader and a person? If so, Soul Leaders is for you!

 Soul Leaders consists of a five-retreat series that offers active clergy an opportunity to reconnect with their passion and purpose; explore issues related to heart, courage, and call; and help their congregations embrace God-sized dreams. Participants are part of a cohort of 12 to 15 colleagues and are gently, yet thoughtfully, led by two excellent facilitators who have been trained by the Center for Courage and Renewal. The retreats use a “circle of trust” approach developed by author and educator Parker Palmer. Using poetry, readings, and other content introduced by the facilitators, participants lean in to listening to their own voice and discerning the movement of the Spirit to gain clarity about how and where God is calling them to lead and which God-sized dream they are being called to pursue in their ministry setting. All retreats include time for journaling, listening to one another, building community, and silence—and each retreat builds on the previous one. The retreats begin with dinner on Monday evening and conclude with lunch on Wednesday. In addition to retreats, there are four opportunities to have individualized coaching sessions throughout the year to have focused training with the facilitators. 


• September 25-27
• November 13-15

• January: Coaching Sessions
• February 26-28
• May 7-9
• June, July, August: Coaching Sessions
• September 24-26


Cost: $2,100 (includes lodging and facilitation); it can be paid over two years. All retreats take place at Koinonia Retreat Center in South Haven, MN.

Hear it firsthand

“Soul Leaders helped me search deep within for those ideas and God-sized dreams that might be hidden away, and then grow the courage to speak them aloud to truly supportive colleagues. Now that my group of Soul Leaders has concluded, I’m taking steps to help my idea (an intercultural and interfaith program to prepare children for kindergarten) find its wings and take flight. And if I run into a roadblock, I’ve got a number of Soul Leaders to call on to help me find my courage again to press on.”

Rev. Carol Zaagsma, Portland Avenue UMC (Bloomington)


Is It Your Time to Join Soul Leaders?

The Taste and See retreat day has been postponed. Please check back in fall for information on a future Soul Leaders event. 

The regular retreat series is still on for next year. Signs up coming soon. 



E-mail Joelle Anderson, Project Coordinator for Connectional Ministries.



Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058