Come Away, My Beloved
Are you feeling emotionally and/or spiritually depleted? Has your once strong connection to Jesus faded over time? Do you have a yearning for a deeper, more authentic relationship with him? Consider joining us at a Come Away, My Beloved retreat.
CAMB is a five-day spiritual practicum designed for Christian workers involved in full-time ministry. It has three primary areas of focus: Inward, Outward, and Upward.
- Inward to“rest secure in him” in joy and healing,
- Outward as he“shields him all day long,” experiencing the peace of God's protective presence, and
- An upward lifting to rest “between his shoulders” in hopeful worship of God.
Through a community-based learning experience you will journey into
- a guided rhythm of rest and interaction within a small learning community
- rediscovering the church’s ancient pathways of spiritual disciplines,
- listening to each other’s life stories, and
- hearing God’s distinctive voice for yourself.
Our safe, compassionate atmosphere seeks to reflect the full acceptance of the Lord’s hospitality. A unique aspect of this practicum is engagement in spiritual formation as a community, guided by facilitators established and knowledgeable about pathways to spiritual rest and healing.
Individual: $695 (individual room)
Couple: $960 (shared room)
Need-based scholarships available upon request.
After serving in the Middle East as a missionary, I came home to a broken and traumatic family situation. Two years later I was diagnosed with PTSD and clinical depression. Sometime later I began working in full time Christian ministry, but eventually, not feeling the presence of God in my life, I hit a wall. My life had become a confusing, foggy world that I was just surviving. I wanted God to speak to me, to be with me, but I couldn’t convince myself of the truth anymore. I needed God, but nothing, no ministry or amount of work I could do was helping me to actually experience the healing presence of God. At CAMB I was given space. With the guidance and support of a community that desired to know God personally and intimately, I experienced God in ways that have helped me to rest assured in my identity as a daughter of the Lord that He loves and desires to know. I am so grateful for the people, the time, the love and the knowledge—I was cared for in ways that my soul really needed.
I was at the place in my Christian life where I really desired to build more patterns and practices into my life for the purpose of deepening my experiences with Jesus. Thanks for meaningful teaching and practice you gave us. I’m going away encouraged and ready to make this a part of my life and the enjoyment of Jesus.
~Ministry worker in Europe
CAMB was a deeply impacting experience of the community of Christ enjoying contemplative practices together, with generous amounts of discretionary time for solitude, rest, or engagement with others as the needs of any day invited. I was inspired and refreshed.
CAMB has given me space and time to pull away from my overflowing schedule and be attentive to the things God wants to say to me. Spiritually life-shaping.
The CAMB Practicum has been such a gift of guided reflection, learning, and deep soul work.
1. Who is CAMB designed for?
CAMB is designed for Christian ministry leaders who seek deepen their walk with the Lord Jesus.
2. What Will I Learn?
Review the Syllabus for more information.
3. Who sponsors CAMB?
Come Away, My Beloved retreats are sponsored by Barnabas.
4. What will the schedule look like? How much free time will I have?
See a sample of a typical day’s schedule. You will have from lunch until dinner time to practice the spiritual disciplines that you are learning about, to prepare for your presentations, and to meet twice in the week with a spiritual director.
5. How much preparation work will be required?
Assignments before the retreat: Participants will be requested to prepare the following work prior to arrival:
- Prepare a spiritual autobiography
- Read an assigned spiritual classic and prepare a report on the book to be shared with the community
- Be prepared to lead at least two lectio divina times during the retreat
- Be prepared to lead at least one office hour during the retreat
- Write a paper reflecting on the sate of your soul
Additional information will be provided upon registration.
6. I have more questions. Who can I talk to?
7. Will this be held again?
CAMB is being offered twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.
- Dr. Herb Lamp, CAMB Director
- Sarah Anderson, Christos Spiritual Director, certified
- Jayna Gallagher, Christos Spiritual Director, certified
- Steve and Deborah Wise, Sustainable Faith Indy, in training
Sarah is delighted to exercise her calling to spiritual direction and care of missionaries within the context of Barnabas International. Her passion is for facilitating spiritual growth, and she loves coming alongside global workers to encourage them. She uses her MA in Spiritual Formation (Wheaton College Graduate School), and her certification as a spiritual director (Christos)to offer deep soul listening and discernment. She and her husband, Mark, served as global workers in France for twenty years. They have three children, two in-laws, and four grandkids.
Jayna has a B.Sc. (Social Psychology, Park University) and M.A. (Intercultural Studies, Wheaton College Graduate School), together with high school teaching credentials in Texas and Illinois. In addition, she is a trained spiritual director with the Christos Center of Spiritual Formation (Milwaukee, WI), and provides spiritual direction to men and women in the Chicago area. Along with her husband, Robert, she has ministered in Australia, Japan, and Mexico to church pastors and leaders in the area of spiritual formation and development. Jayna has also taught at Wheaton College Graduate School, and various conferences and seminars in churches and universities throughout the United States. For the past six years, Jayna has co-pastored with Robert in the English congregation of the Wheaton Chinese Alliance Church. She has six grandchildren who live nearby, and fill her days with much joy.
Herb and Debbie Lamp
Herb and Debbie served as missionaries in Europe for 28 years in the countries of Serbia and Austria (Bible teaching and training of national church leaders in Eastern Europe); USA (Member Care and personnel work); and Germany (pastoral field care/ leadership and women’s ministry). Herb holds a doctorate in spiritual formation from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is presently writing a book on spiritual formation for global workers. He serves as Director of Come Away, My Beloved Spiritual Formation Retreats. Debbie serves as Director of Equipping Women International, which provides ministry skill training and care for women in front-line ministry around the world. Their hearts are turned toward shepherding missionaries as staff members with Barnabas International. The Lamps have three children and three grandchildren.
Steve and Deborah Wise
After 13 years of ministry together in Cambodia as church planters, Steve and Deborah took a year-long sabbatical to consider what God might have next for them. Not only did they learn significant rhythms of rest and spiritual practices during that year, but they also clearly felt the pull to continue investing their lives in others—specifically those in cross-cultural ministry. Acting on that vision they joined Barnabas International in 2014 and began building a ministry in member care. They are currently pursuing life coaching accreditation with the ICF, as well as certification in spiritual direction through Sustainable Faith Indy.