Practicing Resurrection: The Call of the Shore

A CBF spiritual renewal retreat for ministers and lay leaders
April 21-24, 2014
Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, Naples, FL

So friends,
Every day do something that won’t compute…
Give your approval to all you cannot understand….
Ask questions that have no answers.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus that will build under the trees every thousand years…
Be joyful though you have considered all the facts….
Practice resurrection.
 -Wendell Berry

Come the week after Easter to kneel, to walk and to pray along the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico in Naples, FL. Place your feet in the moist sand of the shore mindful of the resurrected Jesus preparing breakfast and asking, “Do you love me?” Take pause. Let the solitude, wind and power of the ocean waves call you forward into the community of the resurrection. Begin the great fifty days of Easter together with us.

This experience of rest and renewal begins Monday, April 21, at 3 p.m. and continues through lunch on Thursday, April 24. After sharing morning prayers, you will spend the day in the wonder of God’s good creation, enjoying life’s simpler pleasures of sitting on the beach, deep sea fishing, biking, a round of golf, sea shell hunting and some laid back Florida beach chair conversation. Each evening we will gather after dinner to relate how our re-creation has nourished our souls.

Dr. Roger Paynter, Pastor of FBC Austin, TX will lead the evening study and reflection times centered on the resurrection texts of scripture. Rev. Meredith Stone, Women in Ministry Specialist with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, will lead the morning devotional times. Music will be provided by Tommy and Rachel Shapard and Bob Searl. Tommy is Minister of Worship at Hendricks Ave Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL and Rachel is CBF FL Associate Coordinator. Bob is pastor of North Stewart Baptist Church, Stewart, FL.

Sponsored by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and joined by CBF Florida.

Click here to sign up and coordinate your hotel and travel plan. This retreat is limited in attendance and registration will be discontinued when all rooms are booked.


Registration total of $125 includes conference fees and dinners on Monday and Wednesday. Hotel and travel costs are separate.


Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
Nestled on 125 tropical acres along the Gulf of Mexico and with a rich history dating back to the early 1880s, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is Southwest Florida’s only beachfront hotel with onsite golf, tennis and spa. This Florida beach hotel features 317 newly renovated, non-smoking guest rooms – each with a patio or balcony – and beautiful resort or Gulf of Mexico views. Combine all that with award-winning dining, a new beachfront Pool Complex, and four retail shops, and you’ll find something to enjoy without ever leaving the grounds of the hotel.

Choose from two room types:

  • Single or couple: $185.00 plus tax
  • Double Occupancy: $92.50 plus tax. Includes two queen beds. (Dependent upon number of individuals desiring to share a room)

Once you indicate your lodging needs on the event registration form, someone will be in contact with you to complete the hotel reservation process. If you have questions about travel or accommodations, e-mail

Contact one of the following for more information about Practicing Resurrection retreats:Harry Rowland (CBF), Steve Graham (CBFOK) or Ray Johnson (FLCBF)

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Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

160 Clairemont Avenue, Suite 500
Decatur, GA 30030


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