This weekend represented our last PALS (Post-Seminary Applied Learning and Support) gathering with new pastors. Our group of new pastors (first three years in ministry) met threee times a year at Camp LuWiSoMo for 2.5 days and discussed a certain topic and had lots of free time. The whole family would come and stay in the retreat center. We had time for cauistry for the women and men separate and the fellowship around campfires, card games, and going sleding were priceless. I can not even explain how powerful it was for myself and especially my family. We had 15 kids under the age of 5 at this gathering. Crazy to say the least.
I am a big fan of PALS and what it does. It doesn't promise no conflict in ministry, it doesn't promise a longer stay at your church, it doesn't promise a stronger marriage, but it does promise an open group to discuss issues and help strengthen us newbies when the problems arise. Our family will miss it. We want to start a SLAP (Still learing after PALS) group next!