Shepherds Refuge-Selah Ministries Inc
Rating: 4.95 stars 39 39 reviews 1,349
PO Box 1221 Dahlonega GA 30533 USA
Shepherd''s Refuge provides an environment favorable to restoration, renewal, refreshment and healing of relationships with God and family, addressing the needs of leaders in the ministry of the Gospel of Christ.
Pastors, Missionaries and Ministry Leaders
Direct beneficiaries per year:
over 100 pastors, missionaries and ministry leaders providing over 400 guest/nights
Geographic areas served:
all areas of the world but primarily in the USA
As non-denominational ministry, Shepherd's Refuge provides accommodation and meals, as well as secluded, scenic surroundings for pastors, ministry leaders and missionaries. This allows the guests to gain distance to the daily issues, enables them to find fresh perspectives, and renew their spiritual and physical strength. As a consequence their congregation and ministry will benefit from what their leadership "brings back from the mountain experience". Currently we accommodate 1 couple at the time, two if they know each other. Construction of the first of five cabins has begun in July 2007 and will be finished as soon as the necessary funds have been received.Accommodation and meals are provided free of charge to our guests thanks to donations to the operating budget. This allows smaller congregations to benefit from our services, too.
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After many stressful months struggling in a wilderness within my ministry at my church along with my wife, who was granted her first clergy appointment after many years of serving within a church as staff, our stress level had reached a maximum. This was our second retreat at Shepherds Refuge-Selah Ministries. The afternoon we arrived, we both felt the Holy Spirit lift our burdens from our shoulders. As we entered the cabin, we felt as if we were entering into the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, just to find rest. And rest we did find. As we disconnected from the world by turning off our phones, accessing no internet, and placing our souls at the feet of Jesus in the beautiful mountain setting that is Shepherds Refuge. For the first three day, we mostly sleep, relaxed, and meditated upon God's Word. The for remaining four days we explored the mountains around us by taking a trip to Brasstown Bald Mountain, the highest mountain in Georgia, traveled to Blue Ridge, GA, and various lakes near by. When we departs, our souls and bodies had found the rest we need and the spirits felt one with God's Spirit. This is a special place, offered by special people, for those called by God to find rest and to be revived.
My wife and I are in ministry. We spent a few days at the Shepherd's Refuge with Rudi and Sandy. These people are committed to serving the Father in the manner that He has called them to serve . . . moreover, the manner in which they do it is unlike the simple provision of room and board. Both of them go all out to treat their guests like royalty, and the accommodations are both superb and picturesque. Any and all travelers who are fortunate enough to enjoy their hospitality and genuine warmth are indeed favored by and of the Father.
Eyd and Yahn EL Stephenson
I spent 5 days here while on sabbatical and it was the perfect "rest". It was also great to explore the area-I loved the parks and the waterfalls. The hosts were wonderful as well.
I work at a not-for-profit ministry in Ontario, Canada, and was starting to feel emotionally and spiritually depleted early this year. My wife and I were directed to Shepherd's Refuge by a colleague, and I am so grateful we were! What a blessing to have a quiet break away from the regular bustle of kids and ministry, spending precious time with my wife and exploring new areas of God's world! So wonderful to meet Reudi and Sandi as well! Great hosts!
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God knew exactly what I needed during a time of transition in my ministry. I needed the serenity of the gorgeous tapestry of the North Georgia Mountains to envelop me into His Peace...I need to allow the hospitality of true servants of the Lord to experinece loving care that I seldom stop to receive...so I could "be still" and hear from the Lord! The decision to visit Sheperd's Refuge has changed me and given me a beautiful opportunity to set out on a fresh new course in what the Lord has called me to do. Reudi and Sandy are truly a gift and the ultimate facilitators of a place of rest, relaxation, refreshment and healing!
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My wife Susan and I were in need of a escape to seek the Lord's direction in our ministry. I am an Elder in The United Methodist Church. My wife is a Chaplin and a Spiritual Retreat Leader. We needed alone time with our Lord Jesus Christ, seeking his vision in our ministry. Shepherd's Refuge was just what we needed. The peaceful moments reading God's Word and being his God's presence while resting on the porch of the Selah Cabin were reviving. Our walks together along the many paths, stopping to pick apples, renewed our love for each other and for the ministry that God had brought us together to do. Add to this, the new friends we found at Shepherd's Refuge, especially our host, Ruedi and Sandy. I cannot express the gratitude towards Ruedi and Sandy for creating an oasis of love where one can enter into the presence of the One True God; Father, Son, Spirit; and be revived and refreshed, discovering your first love once more, ready to be sent to love and serve others. Shepherd's Refuge is just that place.
As the wife of a bi-vocational pastor, I can tell you there is no place like Shepherd's Refuge. Even though my husband is retired from one job he still farms a small acreage farm and pastors a rural church. Balancing all these responsibilities often causes us to lose touch with the really important things like being alone with God and time for each other. Shepherd's Refuge provides that peaceful, calm place where we can walk trails together, sit beside each other and read, or just get out and enjoy the beauty of nature. God has really spoken to us during these times at Shepherd's Refuge. We have made this a yearly retreat for several years, and I tell you I hope we never have to miss going.
Those called to the Gospel ministry of Jesus Christ are required to walk by faith and not by sight. A job description that challenges the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual areas of life. Shepherd's Refuge provides ministers an idyllic mountain setting for a short-term getaway for relaxation, recovery, and renewal. The hosts are deeply spiritual, attentive, and available; yet very perceptive to your need for privacy. Shepherd's Refuge is God's gift to weary ministers.
My wife and I absolutely fell in love with this place. To be able to go to a place and have peace and quite from the everyday hustle and bustle of a pastor's life is beyond words. If you are a pastor, you MUST go here. Everyday I would walk the trails and sit on a prayer bench and do nothing but listen to the leaves fall (and yes you can hear them falling), the birds singing and the squirrels playing. It was so refreshing. We have already made our reservations for 2015 and 2016. It will be our annual retreat as long as the good Lord allows us to go. You cannot go wrong in coming here if you need refreshed.
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Shepherds Refuge is just what the name implies. It is a place for those in a shepherding ministry role to have a place of refuge for God to renew and recharge them while free of the daily duties and responsibilities of ministry. I was there last summer (August 2015) for the first time and it was wonderful. I stayed in the beautiful chalet (the Selah Cabin) in a rural, mountains setting. It was fully furnished and very comfortable. My alone time with God was exactly what I needed and Ruedi & Sandy are the most gracious of hosts. I highly recommend it to anyone needing a sabbatical and time away for rest and renewal. You won't be disappointed.