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Wellness: Churches, Ministers and Families

The BGAV seeks to minister to ministers and their spouses and help them deal with their very unique issues.

Minister Care Services

Counseling services are offered for ministers and/or family through a network of therapists/counselors throughout the state who accept referrals from this team.

We also partner with networks such as the Ministering to Ministers Foundation.


Wellness events are offered throughout the year, including:

  • Ministers’ Family Retreat
    The Ministers’ Family Retreat is a weeklong summer retreat at Oak Hill Academy where ministers and their families can participate in a variety of family-friendly activities at a minimum cost. Contact Oak Hill for questions.
  • Gathering of Silence Retreat
    Held each fall, the Gathering of Silence Retreat is intended to enable people to be deeply still, silent, relaxed, and attentive to the Word/Spirit/Life of God. Each participant sets her/his own daily agenda – reading, hiking, fishing, praying, resting – and then the group gathers each evening to process the experiences of the day.

Family Ministry Services

To enhance the family life of our ministers, we offer several events, including training in the Prepare and Enrich counseling model through ministry partner First Things First of Greater Richmond.  A number of facilitators are available to lead Marriage Enrichment Seminars, Parenting Conferences, Divorce Recovery Seminars, etc.

Conflict Ministry Assistance

The Congregational Field Staff will help churches who are experiencing conflict, particularly conflict between clergy and the congregation, to find a certified conflict ministry consultant who can help the church negotiate these difficult days.

After an initial conversation with the field strategist about your conflict, the team will share the names of these consultants. The church may then negotiate with one of these consultants to provide more focused work to assist your congregation in the reconciliation process.

Staff Relations

Healthy relationships among pastors, church staff, and the congregation are key for the health of the congregation. The Congregational Field Staff can provide resources and referrals to congregations as they are seeking ways to facilitate healthy growth among the staff.

We utilize tools and instruments to facilitate those healthy relationships and can provide coaching services to help a staff move forward with specific event planning or strategic thinking about key issues.