First Love 2024


April 22-25, 2024


Hickory, NC


First Love is an opportunity to recenter your connection with Jesus. This four-day, three-night Renovaré retreat gives pastors and ministry leaders in pastoral roles a chance to reconnect with God in a safe space among others who understand the pastoral calling with all of its joys and challenges.

Our relationship with the Lord forms and grows slowly, layer upon layer, through our personal encounters with God’s loving Presence. This bond with God is the core that shapes us and empowers our ministry. So returning to that central relationship, protecting and strengthening that bond with Father, Son, and Spirit, is essential to our spiritual health and our ability to pastor others.

Who It’s For

This retreat is designed specifically for those in pastoral roles—pastors and ministry leaders from all Christian traditions, men and women, who:

  • care deeply about their congregation’s depth and renewal in Christ,
  • feel called to cultivate authentic, formational community,
  • know that they can only give what they first receive from God.

What To Expect

  • A small, relaxed event with no more than fifty leaders
  • Generous space for connecting with God in a beautiful setting
  • Teaching and guided practices for strengthening your spirit and your calling
  • Honest conversations with others on a similar journey
  • Wonderful food and comfortable accommodations

Where We’ll Meet

Catholic Conference Center
1551 Trinity Ln
Hickory, NC 28602 is co-sponsored by the family of Dallas Willard, Dallas Willard Ministries, and FiveStone.