Church leaders are leaving, often for good reasons.
You need a space to honestly wrestle with the question, "Why should I stay in this ministry?" The Why Stay Retreat will give you a safe space to examine the joys and difficulties you’ve encountered throughout your ministry journey and discover new energy for your next season, your next call, or your next move.
Discover & Examine Your Unique Vocation
In this retreat you will:
Hear from seasoned church leaders who struggled through their own vocational transition
Find extended time resting with God in a peaceful, tropical setting
Explore new and potential opportunities through thoughtful listening sessions with fellow practitioners
Why Stay Launches In Just
Retreat Speakers & Leaders
Tara Beth Leach
Dan White Jr.
Sean Palmer is Teaching Pastor at Ecclesia Houston, a writer, speaking coach, and sought-after speaker across the country.
Tara Beth Leach is a pastor at Christ Church of Oak Brook in the western suburbs of Chicago. She previously served as senior pastor of First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena ("PazNaz") in Southern California and has pastored in Illinois and New York. She is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University and Northern Theological Seminary.
Dan White Jr. is the Co-founder of The Kineo Center. Author of Love Over Fear & Co-author of Church as Movement. He also coaches Church Planters through The V3 Movement. The Kineo Center is a place and pathway for guiding social good leaders and ministry leaders toward personal healing amidst a hard calling. He is an awkward introvert and loves woodworking.
Tonya Variya is the Co-founder of The KINEO Center. Certified Enneagram Coach (Madanes School), and Apprentice Kineo Coach. She's a mom, a gardener, and is proficient with a bow and arrow.
Leo Ayala is an Advisory Board for The KINEO Center in Puerto Rico. He is finishing his Doctoral Intensive in Spiritual Formation at Nazarene Theological Seminary and training in Spiritual Direction at the Transforming Center with Ruth Haley Barton. He has a deep story of burnout and healing that informs how he engages ministry leaders on the Island. He is a passionate and compassionate advocate for mental health and emotional wholeness particularly for Puerto Rican Leaders. He is also an amazing cook!
An Intentionally Small Gathering
We know the value in creating a safe environment where questions can be heard, stories can be shared, and opportunities to connect with our speakers is meaningful.
For this reason, our Retreat is limited to just 50 total spots*.
We're excited to offer this four-night retreat at a fantastic price –made even better by our Early Bird Registration!
Early Bird ($450)
Regular Registration ($550) March 1
Late Registration ($600)
*2 Meals & Coffee provided every day; Airfare, Transportation, and Lodging are not included.
This is not a conference. This is not your average retreat.
We're in a season that demands more attention to soul care, rest, awakening, and renewal. We believe there is great value in finding a new, breathtaking, wonderful location to pause and listen. Our retreat location, The Kineo Center, lies right on the edge of the stunning El Yunque National Forest –about an hour from San Juan.
Additionally, if you're attending with a Co-Pastor, you can purchase one additional ticket at 30% off (limited to groups of two).
Missio Alliance is not responsible for securing or handling lodging; all listings are available on a first-come, first-serve basis with the property owners.
Frequently Asked Questions
+ Is a Covid Vaccination required to travel to Puerto Rico? Travel to Puerto Rico from the US mainland does not require vaccination. A negative test result within 48 hours of travel is sufficient for those who are not vaccinated. Antigen and PCR tests are both acceptable. Free antigen tests can be obtained on this website.