THE WIECHMANS | Steve and Jamie got married in 1998 and have four children: Austin, Gabby, Josiah and Ellie. Steve began ministry as a youth minister in Houston, TX and has served in pastoral ministry in Ft. Worth – TX, Katy – TX, and Cypress – TX. Steve currently works as an artist for Painting with a Twist in Tomball – TX. Jamie homeschooled their children for 10 years, but is currently pursuing her masters in counseling through the Townsend Institute at Concordia University – Irvine, CA. God has captured their heart for sharing the freedom of the Gospel with Christian leaders and their families. You can discover more about their story at their blog dropnets.com.
MISSION | Accompanying Christian leaders and their spouses into the presence of Jesus to experience rest, healing and play in a safe, highly personal and individualized retreat setting.
DEFINING the NEED | After 12 years as a pastor, my (Steve’s) ministry exhaustion and spiritual isolation threatened to sink me. A man named Dave Gentry got in the deep well with my wife and me, and helped us see Jesus lifting my head above the darkness.
Church workers and missionaries increasingly live in a state of social and spiritual isolation. Dr. Dave Gentry shares startling statistics in his 2010 book, Crisis in the Camp: 1700 pastors leave ministry every month; 71% of pastors said they are burned out and battle depression on a daily and weekly basis; over 70% of pastors said they do not have anyone they consider a close friend.
over 70% of pastors said they
do not have anyone
they consider a close friend
Paul Tripp writes in his book, Dangerous Calling, “Self-examination is a community project. Every pastor needs people in his life in order to see himself with biblical accuracy.” Most church workers and leaders don’t have this kind of safe community. In addition, there are few affordable sanctuaries of help.
In our July 2016 assessment of over 60 church workers and spouses, we discovered that 36% do not have a safe small community in which to have deep faith conversations and prayer, 21% have the gospel applied personally to their lives once a month or less, and 35% don’t have a safe place to get Sabbath rest. Our conclusion: 1 out of 3 church workers and their families live in a place of isolation that is dangerous.
1 out of 3 church workers and their families
live in a place of isolation that is dangerous
MEETING the NEED | Fueled by Jesus, His word, and His grace, we will foster a safe place to uncover and explore your own heart and mind with your heavenly Father. Through our three core values of rest, healing and play, we seek to unburden consciences through honest attention to your spirit, your soul, your mind and your story.
Breathe Life is full of space and unhurried time, gospel-compassion and prayer, relationships and beauty – all of it filled by the Spirit to free you from isolation and heavy burdens into the lightness of being truly known and truly loved.
a safe place for ministry leaders and spouses
to be vulnerable and honest with God
Our vision is to offer a holistic 6-day/6-night personal retreat comprised of daily rhythms like morning and evening worship, personal mentoring and prayer, directed time in God’s Word, and plenty of free time. Opportunities for community meals, working in the garden, creating in the Art Barn, or quiet time in the prayer garden will also be available. We will also offer 2-day/1-night and 3-day/2-night mini-retreats for individuals or couples.
DESIRED OUTCOMES | Our goal is to see Christian leaders and their spouses freed from the enemy’s lies, from spiritual isolation, and from ministry guilt and exhaustion by the presence of Jesus. As a result of their stay with us, our guests should have a clearer sense of their identity in Christ, their burden lightened and their soul renewed for life and ministry. They should have experienced the safety of grace from people, which will point them to the safety of the grace of Jesus. They should have had multiple opportunities to meet with a mentor to discuss life and ministry and go home with a transformed perspective, a reminder of God’s presence in the challenges, and equipped with practical next steps to address their unique situation.
to see Christian leaders and their spouses
freed from the enemy’s lies,
from spiritual isolation,
and from ministry guilt and exhaustion
by the presence of Jesus