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Moses, Jacob, and Joshua all erected Standing Stones to mark the place where God performed a mighty work. This oasis in Arizona's high desert will be the home for Shepherd's Canyon Retreat and a gathering place for God's people to experience rest and restoration.
The Shepherd's Canyon Retreat Ministry is building a place where, we believe, mighty works of God will take place in the lives of men and women in ministry. In addition to full-time church workers, and ministry leaders, Standing Stones will be a gathering place for a variety of Christian retreats and seminars as well as other conferences and functions.
A Leap of Faith - "Standing Stones"
Jacob set up stone pillars at Bethel in order to remember his powerful dream in which God reaffirmed His covenant with him. (Genesis 28:18-21; 35:14-15)
After receiving the Ten Commandments, Moses built twelve standing stones at the foot of Mount Sinai. (Exodus 24:2-4)
The Israelites erected Standing Stones to remember their miraculous cross of the Jordan River.
(Joshua 4:2-3; 8-9)
A 43,000 gallon swimming pool is on the property. Click to enlarge.
After three years of Shepherd's Canyon Retreats being held in rented facilities in Arizona, Wisconsin, and Florida, this ministry will finally have a home.
The Board of Directors of Shepherd's Canyon Retreat, Inc., made the decision to purchase 8.5 acres of land in Arizona's high desert, 15 miles west of the famous "roping capital of Arizona" - maybe of the west in Wickenburg, Arizona, about 90 minutes northwest of the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (which is about the same distance to Prescott and Sedona).
The acreage includes an electric gate, a palm-tree lined entrance, a duplex, a commercial-size swimming pool, a pool house, a cabana (for outdoor cooking), and a grove of sixteen fruit trees.
Standing Stones has already become the home-base for the Shepherd's Canyon Retreat ministry. Using the facilities that we have, our 27rd SCR was held in April, 2013.
Beginning January 1, 2013, Standing Stones will be available for use by Christian church and organizations for small 1-, 2-, and 3-day retreats. Information about the use of Standing Stones: please call 480-588-8837
Phase One of this project will focus on facilities which will be used for Shepherd's Canyon Retreats, providing sleeping and meeting space for eight clients, two counselors, one chaplain, and the "host couple" (providing hospitality and meals).
In 1985 Lutheran lay-leader, Dave Anderson, a group of Lutheran clergy, counseling professionals, and lay leaders, founded what became Cathedral Rock Centre, Inc. For eighteen months, this ministry provided 2-week counseling retreats for 27 individuals - mostly pastors and spouses. The counseling was led by one therapist at each retreat.
The Cathedral Rock Centre ministry was halted not due to the need, but to administrative and funding issues.
In 2006, a group of Lutheran clergy, counseling professionals, and lay leaders gathered in Phoenix, Arizona to once again seek God's direction for a ministry of healing and hope for Lutheran professional church workers and their spouses. From that meeting a core group met several times to discuss the need for an updated version of what the Cathedral Rock Centre ministry provided years before.
- 20% of pastors are “in crises” which means that they are just coping; just hanging on.
- 80% of pastors say that the ministry has had a negative impact on their families.
- Among Protestant clergy, between 1,400 and 1,700 quit the ministry every month!
- 70% of pastors struggle with depression.
- 94% of pastors feel under pressure to have the “ideal” family.
- 20% of pastors suffer from long-term stress.
- $64,000,000—the amount that the Southern Baptist denomination paid out in ONE year for stress-related claims; second only to maternity benefits.
Dr. John Johnson, LPC, from Green Bay, Wisconsin, describes Shepherd’s Canyon Retreat as “a year of counseling in a week.”
“This retreat saved our marriage!”
“This retreat was the best that my wife and I have ever attended. We both came here burned out, tired of ministry, strained relationship between us, and broken. As we leave, there is now a sense of joy in ministry. Our relationship is mending. We have a ways to go but we have been given the tools to continue healing and growing. If only SCR had been around 15 years ago!”