Since 2011, the mission of Sojourn Network has been to do all we can to help pastors plant, grow, and multiply healthy churches. This year’s annual retreat for lead pastors, board members, strategists, network staff, and their wives - as in years past - provides an opportunity for rest, renewal, feasting, ceasing from our work, fellowship, and space to be present with your spouse.
Our morning sessions feature teaching by our guest speaker, Scotty Smith. Scotty is founding pastor of Christ Community Church (PCA) in Franklin, Tennessee, and has seen its membership grow to over 3,000 (including many notable CCM musicians and insiders). He has also planted five daughter churches in the Nashville area. Scotty is also an adjunct professor at Covenant Theological Seminary and regularly teaches at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He is the author of five books, including Speechless and Restoring Broken Things with Steven Curtis Chapman.
Afternoons will provide time to rest and relax on the beach and around the pool. Evenings will provide space for feasting and fellowship.
We hope this website provides you and your spouse with all the details you need to plan and attend this year’s retreat.
We are going back to beautiful Naples, Florida and The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. This will be our second year at NBH!
Nestled on 125 tropical acres along the Gulf of Mexico, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is Southwest Florida’s only beachfront hotel with onsite golf, tennis and spa. Our Florida beach hotel features 319, non-smoking guest rooms and suites — each with a patio or balcony — and beautiful resort or Gulf of Mexico views. You will also enjoy complimentary self- and valet parking; no resort fees; and complimentary admission to our fitness center.
If you want to venture off, you are within 2 miles of downtown Naples and its world renowned Third Ave and Fifth Avenue where you will find a variety of specialty shops and restaurants and the Naples Pier. The Naples Botanical Gardens is 5.4 miles away and The Village at Venetian Bay shopping is only 3.2 miles down the road.
How do I register?
Register prior to March 24th. Please us the “pull down” menu and select “2” tickets if you are registering with your spouse. Thank you.
PLEASE NOTE: Our contract with NBH includes "best available at the time of check-in" for our room selections. We cannot guarantee or specify views or rooms. All NBH rooms are located on the beach side with views of either the resort or the Gulf of Mexico. If you want to guarantee a Gulfview room, you can upgrade by paying $40 per room, per night on your own.
Here are some quick notes to keep in mind as you register:
Board Members: Please plan to arrive a day earlier (Monday, April 22th) by 6pm.
Sojourn is covering hotel costs for April 23 - April 25 (three nights, check-in Tuesday and check-out Friday) extra nights (pre- and post-event) are available at your expense at our discounted rate of $189 (based on availability).
Check-in time is 4pm. You might be able to check-in early but it is not guaranteed. You can check your luggage and enjoy the resort until your room is available.
Sojourn is also providing dinner on Tuesday and Thursday nights. A light breakfast will be served during the morning teaching sessions. Wednesday night is “date night.” We encourage to make plans with your spouse or maybe ask friends to join you for dinner.
The Naples Beach Hotel is offering our group a 10% discount on Spa Services.
The Naples Beach Hotel is offering us a 20% discount on lunch items and non-alcoholic beverages with lunch at all their dining outlets.
Overnight valet parking and self parking is free - tips are welcome.
Please come prepared to tip Bellman, Beach Attendants, etc.
If you are bringing kids under the age of 1, we will be happy to provide childcare. This year, we are hiring approved babysitters from the Family Ministry of Summit Church. There will be group care during the morning teaching sessions and evening social events. If you have any questions, please contact the Sojourn Network team at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a note on the registration form.
If you have any questions about booking additional nights, please contact us at email@example.com.
Schedule yet to be finalized…
5:30 PM Newcomer’s Reception
5:45 PM Welcome Reception
6:45 PM Dinner on Watkins Lawn
8:30 PM Dessert in Everglades Ballroom
9:30 AM Breakfast
10:00 AM Session 1
12:00 PM Rest & Relax
Dinner On your own
9:30 AM Breakfast
10:00 AM Session 2
12:00 PM Rest & Relax
6:00 PM Group Photo and Dinner on Ocean Lawn
9:00 AM Family Breakfast & Prayer time
11:00 AM Dismiss
Scotty Smith is founding pastor of Christ Community Church (PCA) in Franklin, Tennessee, and has seen its membership grow to over 3,000 (including many notable CCM musicians and insiders). He has also planted five daughter churches in the Nashville area. Scotty is also an adjunct professor at Covenant Theological Seminary and regularly teaches at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He is the author of five books, including Speechless and Restoring Broken Things with Steven Curtis Chapman.
Robert & Karen Cheong
Marriage counseling/life struggles
Robert and Karen are high school sweethearts who will celebrate 36 years of marriage this year! They have 3 adult children, 2 sons-in-law and 3 precious grandchildren. Robert has served as Pastor of Care at Sojourn Midtown for the past 13 years, where he and Karen equip the church to care for one another in community. They have cared for, discipled and equipped couples for over 22 years. Robert also serves as a Sojourn Network Strategist for care in the church. Robert has served in the nuclear power Navy as well as in corporate America with Michelin Tires. He has an Mdiv in theology as well as a PhD in Pastoral Theology from SBTS. As empty nesters, they enjoy dancing, watching movies, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Paul & Susan Gilbert
Marriage & Parenting
Paul Gilbert is the Lead Pastor of Four Oaks Community Church in Tallahassee, Florida, where he has served on the pastoral staff for 22 years. He is co-author of the book, “Letting Go: Rugged Love for Wayward Souls,” and serves as a Strategist in Sojourn Network. Paul and Susan’s Sojourn Network E-Book, “Parenting in the Pastorate,” is in process and set to be released soon. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication (University of Tennessee), a Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary, and a PhD from Florida State University in Marriage and Family. Paul and Susan celebrated 25 years of marriage last year and have four children — Gracie (19); Maggie (17); Jack (15); and Virginia (11).
Women, Marriage, & Parenting
Chris Minott is the Biblical Counseling Director at Summit Church in Fort Myers, Florida, where she counsels and also trains others for certification with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). Chris counsels on issues pertaining to marriage, women, teens, and children. She is a speaker for Marriage, Parenting, Women’s, and Recovery Ministry events. Chris has written many seminars, classes, and retreat series including “Codependency: What Does the Bible Say?,” “Beautifully Broken,” and “God’s Design for Marriage,” which she co-wrote and teaches with her husband, Al, of 32 years. They are blessed to have two daughters and two sons-in-law who faithfully serve the Lord. Their favorite thing to do is to spend time with their two grandchildren.
Tim Beltz has 12 years of experience in counseling pastors and their wives in personal financial coaching. While serving as the Executive Pastor at Mars Hill Church and Sojourn Community Church, he championed the establishment of a new financial coaching ministry and actively participated in teaching and counseling pastors and their wives. At Sojourn, he teamed up with Luke Barker to teach annual financial training classes to members and served pastors as their personal financial coach. He has facilitated Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University classes several times. Tim has a MBA from Arizona State University and has served as a pastor/elder at 5 local churches over the past 25 years.
Luke is a Pastor, former Executive Pastor at Sojourn Community Church, and CPA. During his 8 years at Sojourn he initiated and led a financial coaching ministry in which he counseled numerous people one-on-one, in small group settings, and at larger financial seminars. Luke specializes in financial issues for clergy and has a heart for helping married couples experience freedom in this often stressful and unavoidable topic. Luke, his wife Heather and two boys, Declan and Caleb, live in Fort Myers, Florida, and are part of Summit Church.
What about childcare?
We are providing childcare for babies under one year old. We understand the importance of having your infant with you and yet we want you to have time to be able to rest and enjoy the program that we have planned for you and your spouse.
This year we will be working with the Family Ministry at Summit Church. They will have a staff person who will oversee childcare during the retreat. We will be using a small Ballroom at The Naples Beach Hotel as the location for childcare. This room is located very close to the conference room to make check-ins easy for parents and allows your babies to be close by when you need to nurse.
notes for those using childcare:
Please label all of your child’s items. (diaper bag, bottles, sippy cups, food pouches, etc.)
Please write out or type out a schedule of your baby’s activities to give to the Childcare workers.
Please provide any food, formula, breast milk they may need during the babysitting times.
Childcare provided during the following time slots:
Tuesday, 5:30 - 9:30pm
Wednesday, 8:30am - 12pm and 6:00pm - 10pm
Thursday, 8:30am - 12pm and 5:30 - 9:30pm
Friday, 8:30am - 11:30am
Note: you are not required to use childcare for these entire time slots. These are simply the hours babysitting will be available.
How do we get there?
Valet and Self Parking are free for guests. Tipping is encouraged for Valet attendants.
Airport and Arrival Information
You will want to fly into Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW). It is 31 miles from the airport to the hotel, approximately 40 minutes.
Every guest will be responsible to organize their transportation from the airport to the hotel. In past years, guests have decided to rent a car or carpool. You can also choose to Uber or use the MBA taxi service at the airport.
MBA Airport Transportation
The rate from RSW to Naples Beach Hotel is $70 for 1-3 passengers and $10 for each additional person. http://www.mbaairporttransportation.com
THE NAPLES BEACH HOTEL & GOLF CLUB
851 Gulf Shore Boulevard North,
Naples, Florida 34102
Want to stay longer?
You are more than welcome to stay additional nights at The Naples Beach Hotel - up to three nights after the actual retreat dates (April 23 - 26). You can stay these extra nights at the discounted rate of $189/night.
In order for us to notify the hotel of your additional nights, simply provide your check-in and check-out dates on the Registration form, and we will notify the hotel on your behalf.
Please note: you are responsible to pay for these extra nights, but the discounted rate still applies. Sojourn Network will cover your hotel Tuesday - Thursday nights (3 total nights).