The Welcoming Church

Faithful Shepherd Pastors' Retreat 2018


Irwyn Ince
Randy Nabors
Joe Novenson
Deepak Reju


May 14-16, 2018


Harvey Cedars Bible Conference
12 Cedars Ave
Harvey Cedars, NJ 08008

Advance registration is now closed
Walk in registrations are still welcome

Speaker Biographies
Housing Information


Click Here for an audio anthology from the Faithful Shepherd Pastors' Retreat

Registration Rates

Walk in registration and meals: $150
Student rate: $60

Groups of 2 or more: $10 discount per person

Retreat Description

We’ve all had the experience of visiting a church that seemed indifferent—sometimes outright unfriendly! That’s probably not the culture you want for the church, yet unhelpful mindsets and practices can take hold unnoticed. Eventually even fellow believers may start to feel like outsiders, and the congregation misses out on opportunities to serve and grow.

How can you foster an environment that incorporates all believers into your worship and church life? Healthy ministry requires intentionality, a conscious remembrance of the Gospel so that pastors, church leaders, and churches themselves don’t drift away.

The Faithful Shepherd Pastors’ Retreat is an affordable regional event for pastors, elders, ministry leaders, and their wives. Our goal is to give an opportunity to rest, connect, and enjoy God’s creation, while bringing you practical wisdom and encouragement. Come, remember the Gospel, and celebrate with us! Join us for a time of fellowship and encouragement as we explore the welcoming church and spiritual health of its leaders. Learn how God can use you in the church to reach out and welcome His people.


Monday, May 14, 2018
3:00 p.m. Registration/P&R bookstore open*
5:30 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Drifting: Your Greatest Danger as a Servant Leader, Joe Novenson
9:00 p.m. Ice cream social

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:15 a.m. Breaking: God’s Wakeup Call to Servant Leaders, Joe Novenson
10:45 a.m. The Welcoming Church, Irwyn Ince and Randy Nabors
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Free time activities (beach, pool, hot tub, gym, ping-pong, tennis)
3:00 p.m. P&R bookstore open
4:15 p.m. On Guard: Preventing Child Abuse in Your Church, Deepak Reju
5:30 p.m. Dinner
7:15 p.m. Repentance: God’s Gracious Gift for Healthy Ministry, Joe Novenson
9:00 p.m. Ice cream social

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:15 a.m. Father Shepherd: The Pastor as Counselor, Deepak Reju
10:45 a.m. Panel Discussion
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. End of Retreat and room check-out

*P&R bookstore is open before and after every session including Monday and Tuesday from 3:00–5:30 p.m.

Speaker Biographies

Joe Novenson is the blessed husband of Barb for 42 years. He actually married his evangelist! He is honored to be the father of three children whose own walks with Christ bring him deep conviction and challenge, as he sees their faith out-pace his own walk in so many ways. He is a grandfather of four and savors playing with his grandchildren with joyous delight. His heroes are John Newton and John Paton.

Irwyn Ince serves as Pastor and Director of the newly formed Grace DC Network Institute for Cross-Cultural Mission. In 2007 he helped plant City of Hope Presbyterian Church, a multi-ethnic PCA church in Columbia, MD. He served as City of Hope’s pastor until 2017. Irwyn is also very happy about his CrossFit addiction.

Randy Nabors is urban and mercy coordinator for the PCA’s Mission to North America (MNA), as well as the coordinator of the New City Network and an author and blogger. Previously he served as an army chaplain (COL) and pastored New City Fellowship for 36 years. He and his wife, Joan, live in Chattanooga.

Deepak Reju is a pastor, counselor, husband, father, and author. His passion is for studying God’s Word, loving his family, and shepherding God’s people. He is the pastor of biblical counseling and families at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and has written several books, including On Guard: Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse at Church.


Housing available at Harvey Cedars (
Call (609) 494-5689.

Accommodations and Rates:

Double occupancy/Groups up to 4 (Bayview): $105 per room per night
Groups up to 5 (Poolside & Victorian Hotel): $90 per room per night
Groups up to 8 (Captain’s Deck & Victorian Hotel): $65 per room per night
Individual bed (assigned rooms): $30 per night

Payment is due in full at the time of reservation

Checks must be received within two weeks following reservation.