Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Keeping our batteries charged.


Keeping our batteries charged.

What would it be like if you used your smartphone three days in a row and never recharged it?  Would you expect it to work right or work at all?


Replenish and Refuge

We spend a lot of time helping others keep recharged, refreshed, well, replenished. The Refuge helps us. We experienced a great time of connection and encouragement as we fished the Big Horn River just outside of Billings Montana. The team at The Refuge takes great care of their guests and we were no exception. Thanks to the ever generous and amazing John Harris for making the trip happen.

Opportunity

We still have four additional trips this year, several connecting events and need to finish strong financially.  We can do so much more when we work with partners like you.  Please PRAY for our trips and community engagements, RECCOMEND Pastors and leaders for our trips, SPONSOR a trip and help GIVE financially.

Secure online giving here

* To finish 2019 strong:  We are looking for 1 All in Partner ($10,000), 4 Impact Partners ($6,000), 15 Help Now Partners ($500) and 15 new monthly Partners.
* Trip sponsorships (Available trips for sponsorship are Oct 2019, January 2020 and March 2020)
* Speaking opportunities,
* Social Media retweets, likes and shares








Visit us online at Re-Plenish.org 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

More Than Trips


Yes, we do trips.  We also take the message of Replenish to wherever we can, hoping to inspire others to live a balanced life of Replenish. 

We provide initiatives and resources to help keep Pastors healthier and in ministry longer. We developed a life-changing 4-day retreat and in addition, we are continuing our work with cohorts, aggressive networking opportunities, connecting at conferences, camps and educational events.  June and July we are presenting the topic of Soul Care with over 500 Pastors.
HELPING OTHERS
If you know someone who is in need of encouragement or has been tirelessly and endlessly involved in ministry and can use some new resources, connections, conversations or even a trip, please let us know. If you find yourself praying for, worrying about or wanting to help your Pastor friends, connect them to us. You can find us on social media or at our website.  As you know our resources are free for Pastors.  

A BRIEF UPDATE

March, April, and May were busy and productive.  Our Replenish Guatemala trip and our board retreat were amazing times of planning, strategy and of course Replenishing. We also opened up two new locations for Replenish trips right here in Texas. We have several opportunities to present the Replenish message and do a ton of networking. We have also been engaged to help replenish local church affiliations who meet but need something new a refreshing, something...Replenishing.
GET MORE INVOLVED
There are several ways to get involved.  The obvious ones are prayer and giving.  There are a few others.

LIKE us, RETWEET us, SHARE our posts and..... Help us create Replenishing content.  We would love to feature you as a guest blogger and repost some of your Replenishing content.  Follow us, tag us and we will repost, retweet and like as well.

Secure online giving here
NETWORKING AND PARTNERS
Networking has been cited as the number one unwritten rule of success in business. Who you know really impacts what you know. —Sallie Krawcheck

If the old adage holds true about WHO you know not WHAT then we all need to be more intentional about doing more networking.

We were able to sponsor a networking breakfast in South Dallas in May and be part of a Refuge event in June.  

NEW PARTNERSHIPS
We love our generous supporters and Alumni network.  In addition, we gained some strategic partners with some key organizations and individuals. This year already we have benefited from sponsored events, new trip locations and trip sponsorship.

* Andy Spencer and The Engedi Group
* Jody Mow and The Lifesavers Foundation
* Kyle Embry and Youth Alive
OPPORTUNITY
Want to partner?  Here are some current needs.
* We are looking for one additional trip sponsor for a trip this November.  If you are interested, please let us know before July 15.
* Alumni Trip (February 2020, for past Replenish participants)
* Book and supply donations (contact us for a list of needs)
* The use of vacation homes or retreat centers
* Frequent flyer or hotel point donations
* Trip sponsorships (Available trips for sponsorship are Nov 2019, January 2020 and March 2020)
* Speaking opportunities (including
* Partner on written content (like Replenishing tips, bios or blogs we can use)
* Social Media retweets, likes and shares
Give Now

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Replenishing News January and February 2019



MORE IN 2019




Pastoring is not getting easier. We live in trying times and those who help others need help themselves.

Life is tougher, people are messier and ministry gets more demanding. That is why there is Replenish. There have been several recent reports of Pastors being overly stressed, in need of medication and even cases of suicide. Pastors need encouragement, spiritual help and connectivity to peers.

Replenish is proactively and preventatively investing into the lives of our leaders but the need persists.

The state of the Pastor statistics



PLEASE PRAY
Need to connect with more Pastors and specifically, the ones who need safe and constructive replenishing experiences. Please help us pray for open avenues and networking opportunities to connect with them. If you need to connect us with someone please let them know or contact us or forward email.


FINANCES
Our 2019 financial goal is $162,000. We have received donations and pledges of just over $50,000 we believe we can make it happen.  Would you consider being a Replenish Partner?  Online Giving Here.



TWO TRIPS

Already two trips into 2019, God moved and they were both amazing. They were full to capacity, full of amazing Pastors and full of God stories. Our cohort and other post-trip initiatives are in full swing.


Cross Bayou Ministries Duck Retreat
By Dr. Brian Bradford


The annual Louisiana Replenish duck retreat had some incredible spiritual victories and breakthroughs with the 30 men who braved the weather and the swamp.
One pastor (who typically attends but couldn't this year due to cancer treatments) lamented his absence but shared later how he felt the prayers of those present who interceded for his healing. Another pastor sobbed as the men gathered around him, laid hands on his shoulders, and prayed for God's grace to extend from him onto his wife, kids, and those in his church. God truly shows up when we retreat away, get out in His creation, and watch the Holy Spirit show up!"





Our First Ever Student Pastor Trip

By Jonathan Wilkerson

How a van ride changed my life


If I were to tell you that a van full of Youth Pastors changed my life, one might think I’m being extreme. I found myself on a journey with a diverse group of guys with different educational backgrounds, church styles, theologies, families and life experiences yet with one common desire....Replenishing. 

I am a Youth Pastor and most would think my life-changing van ride might refer to me leaving the ministry or the disheartening stats of Youth Pastors; most staying less than two years which leaves many students seeing multiple Youth Pastors come and go as they manage their Jr and Sr High School years.

The van full of Youth Pastors that changed my life was my Replenish Group. With all different educations, church styles, families, and life experience our collaboration was something amazing. None of us started the trip with anything other than a desire to grow and well, replenish and that is exactly what happened. From night one, with no regard for pride, these young men opened up. They wanted something more than a fun trip to Dallas, Texas. From what I have seen in my 10 years of in ministry it can take a little while to break through the walls that young leaders put up. These walls can come from ego, pride, hurt, and sometimes inexperience. This was not the case for my trip and the life change that happened was an answer to many prayers.



It was awesome to invest into twelve millennials who are not only on the front line of ministry doing Youth Ministry but who represent the future of ministry.




For anyone who is an alumnus of Replenish, we all know that the food, fun, and experiences are amazing but what makes Replenish unique is the brotherhood that comes with your group. This trip fit the mold of Replenish to the tee. This group of Youth Pastors included six from North Carolina, one from Houston, three from Dallas, and one from Colorado. Even though there were only eleven of us I have never seen so much brisket devoured, so many falls from a mechanical bull, and so much desire to be Replenished. Our cohort will see one of us get married this year, another close in on completing his education, and one who has already taken a major leap into ministry role that he never expected. Our brotherhood is something that I will cherish for the rest of my life and I truly believe that all alumnus can agree with me on that one.




For anyone who is a donor to this kingdom cause, thank you. Without you this would never have happened. Your following of what God had on your life has changed my ministry forever. There is no doubt that this trip helped every man who was a part of it but for a couple of guys I truly believe this trip could have saved their ministry. Burnout is a major factor for many leaders in ministry and it doesn’t take decades to reach this point. We are seeing this more and more and because of your donation to this kingdom cause, burnout was not able to take hold in the lives of these youth pastors.









Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Replenish Year End Update

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Replenish is about keeping full, living life to the fullest and helping keep Pastors in ministry long term.  We believe it is better to prevent challenges than repair them*.

2018 IN REVIEW

In many ways, it was our best year yet.  We were more aggressive this year than any other year. We made great partners, raised solid funding, shared the message of Replenish to thousands via churches, retreats, post-Replenish initiatives, seminars, sharing digital resources and we saw just under 100 Pastors on trips.  If the average church size is around 184 we indirectly reached over 18,000 parishioners this year alone.  Ya, we were busy.  

We began 2018 with our good friends at Cross Bayou Ministries and partnered for a retreat in Jonesville Lousiana. featuring swamps and duck hunting.  Then our annual board meeting, a trip to LA and Bakersfield and our first trip in Colorado followed.  Summer is a great time to encourage family vacations and personal renewal so we did.  We finished off the year with a sponsored trip in September and our most recent here in DFW.  All in all a great year.  Below are some stories from the field.


Here are some testimonies.










Meet Pastor Benito of Freedom Church Round Rock  HERE










Meet Pastor Arron of New Community Church HERE


MOST RECENTLY

We just finished our 6th trip of 2018 and found some new kindreds and amazing partners.  We had an awesome group of Pastor from Southern Ca, Northern Ca., Houston and some local North Texans. 

Some were admittedly more in need of Replenishing than some and others came ready to be filled, others came aware they needed more but didn't know how much till half way in.  After bonding at several Dallas landmarks and over great BBQ we began "getting real" at the Culpepper House. The thing that stood out on this trip was the intensity of conversation.  Some groups are Theologically diverse but not this one so it enabled us to go deep.  This was our first trip to Ennis Texas where our accommodations were amazing.  We experienced a phenomonon called the Cowboy Church and the wonderful people at the Culpepper House opened their doors and let the hospitality overwhelm us.  Also, the team at Pop Top Coffee made sure we were caffeinated and provided some amazing breakfast burritos/tacos.


INFINITY AND BEYOND (aka 2019)

Since Pastoring is not getting any easier we need to do more this year than we have in the past.  This is our 2019 forecast.

     * We are projecting 12 trips with post-trip initiatives to follow.  

     * We will also be working with several key organization on regional Replenishes, Lunch and learns, vision coffees and partnering with other like-minded ministries.  

     * We are increasing our voice and influence by networking, social media, speaking, presenting, keynotes, meetups and lecturing will get us in front of thousands of people, dozens of churches and many generous donors. 

     * With your help we also want to procure a long-term lease for a property in East Texas where we can have complete access to host trips but also to loan to Pastors for family time, study time and personal renewal.  The property also allows us to entertain Pastors with fishing, hiking, golfing, grilling, private banquet rooms and is across the street from a lake.  The place sleeps 10 and we would make it available to our network of Pastors free of charge.

Our financial forecast for 2019 is $176,000.  This includes all trips, cohorts, pre-trip expenses, and staff salaries and a property lease.  We can do it with partners like you. 


Please PRAY, GIVE and consider SHARING RESOURCES.  If you can help with any of the following please email us and let us know.  Below are several specific ways of assisting us as we reach thousands by helping Pastors.

    * We want to increase our prayer coverage to 50 praying for us each week.

    * We are looking for some miscellaneous resources.
        - Vacation homes that sleep 12-15 to use in Southern Ca and Florida.  
        - Regional hosts to donate and serve meals
        -Hotel rooms that can be donated or purchased with hotel reward programs.  

    * Gifts 
        -$6,000 one time gift covers one whole trip for 12-15 Pastors
        -$500 per month provides one trip for 12-15 Pastors, 
        -$42 per month covers one Pastor on a trip. 
        -$25 is the cost of 2 Starbucks drink each week for a month 


WE REALLY NEED 2 THINGS

Besides the obvious like prayer, favor, safety, and anointing, first of all we really need connections from people like you to their Pastors who need Replenishing. The second thing is resources and funding for the trips and post-trip initiatives.

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FINISH STRONG

We need to finish this year in the black and launch our two January trips strong. Please pray and consider helping keep Pastors Replenished with a year-end gift.  

We are looking to secure $19,500 to cover year-end expenses.

https://secure.paperlesstrans.com/replenish


PARTNERS

Shout out to our amazing partners this year.

  * The Culpepper House - facebook.com/culpepperhouse - amazing historical B and B
  * Cross Bayou Ministries - crossbayouministries.org - our partners for January Duck Hunt Retreat
  * Poptop Coffee - facebook.com/poptopcoffeeshop - amazing coffee and food and really cool people too
  * On Target Range - facebook.com/ontargetranges - great range just outside of DFW that also trains churches defensively.  

  * Reclaim Leadership - reclaimleadership.org - Eric and his team serve Pastors and help them recalibrate  
  * The Refuge Foundation - refugefoundation.org/- not new but always a supportive partner
  * The Cowboy Church of Ellis County - cowboyfaith.org - amazing breakfast and tour
  * Paul Mitchel The School - pmtsdallas.com



ALUMNI CHALLENGE

Alumni of Replenish, you know first hand what Replenish meant to your soul and ministry.  We want to challenge our entire database of alumni to help give the gift of Replenish as you pay it forward.  Here are three ways.

1.  Sponsor a Pastor or trip
2.  Recommend us to your Pastor, Pastor friends or colleagues
3.  Host a Vision Coffee - gather a group of friends at your home and let us do a presentation about Replenish

Here is something cool -  we are putting together an alumni-only trip in 2019 and every alumnus who donated in 2018 would be eligible to attend (based on availability). 





* We have resources for Pastors who need intensive help.  We offer nonjudgemental, private and professional help and referrals

Monday, October 08, 2018

Another Replenish Trip in the Books

Our September trip was amazing.  We had Pastors from 5 different states and God moved powerfully.  Below are some pictures, we will let these speak for themselves.











Everyone Needs to be Replenished

Sometime or another, we all wear ourselves thin, we deal with fatigue, stress and being tired, some struggle with depression and anxiety as well.  Pastors are not immune. 


Most Pastors give and give and give...its the nature of their professional job or calling.  That is OK, we were designed to help; to be there for each other.  The problem comes when we don't replenish that what we give out.  

Imagine if you were told you had to do 100 pushups (pushup video Some might be able to do this immediately.  If I was told this, I would not be able to do it, period.  If you told me I could have a couple weeks to do em, easy-peasy.  That is only like 7 a day.  Give me a month and I might could do 200.  Some people do a 100 pushups a day and I'm sure they had to work up to that.  In my case, slow and steady is what I need.

The level of rest and renewal we need is based on the level we are giving out.  Rest, recovery, replenishing... Its a concept that God created.  Call it Sabbath, rest, time off, time away, replenishing its what we need, we were wired this way.  Athletes do everything from inhaling oxygen or cryonics to altitude chambers for extreme and quick recovery.  There are extreme methods and there are daily, weekly, monthly and even annual things we need to be doing to keep ourselves fresh. Without strategic thinking about rest, we risk burnout, fatigue, unproductivity and even depression and anxiety.














Knowing what to do is usually not the problem, execution is. 

What are you doing today to get and stay rested and replenished?