2017 Residency Retreat Promises Scholarship, Renewal


The entire student body, WBS community, and all interested members of the Jackson community are invited to attend the faculty lectures on Saturday of the retreat for personal enrichment. Meals are not included for these attendees, but they are more than welcome to bring a lunch or pick up some take out to join our fellowship time over lunch.

Students are required to register and pay for the retreat in order for the retreat to count toward their residency requirement.*

Fall Retreat 2017 Full PDF

*Although not for credit in themselves, up to three (3) all-seminary retreats may be used to reduce residency hours. It is suggested that students remain for the one-week modular course offered the following week. Doing this fulfills two residency requirements in one trip. Two “residencies” of some sort—retreat and/or class—are required for the M.A. and nine for the M.Div. See Online Learning for details.)

Travel and Accommodations

Students must make their own travel arrangements and find their own hotel accommodations. If you need suggestions, please contact Leah Geyer in student development for assistance (lgeyer@wbs.edu/601-366-8880, ext. 108).

We highly recommend researching hotel reviews online that suit your comfort and budget.


Those wishing to attend the retreat must register with the registrar, Karl Luman (kluman@wbs.edu/601-366-8880, ext. 113) by the close of business Friday, September 15th (two weeks before the retreat).


There is a retreat fee of $100.00. This is payable to the business office before the close of business on Friday, September 22nd (one week before the retreat).


All retreat students and staff are required to attend the Friday evening dinner as the first event of the weekend. All retreat students are required to attend all retreat events.

Friday, September 29th
6:00pm: Dinner with the faculty (location TBA)

Saturday, September 30th (Faculty discussions to be held off-site in various locations.)
Breakfast: On your own
8:30am: Morning worship (seminary student lounge)
9:30am: The Church in the World (Dr. Matt Friedeman)
10:45am: The Church that Cares (Dr. Carey Vinzant)
12:00pm: Lunch (provided for registered attendees)
1:30pm: The Church and the Word (Dr. Rick Boyd)
3:00pm: The Church and Culture (Dr. Steve Blakemore)
4:00pm: The Church and the Bound (Dr. Becky Luman)
6:30pm: Dinner at the Neihof residence

Sunday, October 1st
Attendees are highly encouraged and more than welcome to attend a local church service. Any faculty or staff member would be delighted to have you visit his or her church.

Lunch: On your own after church
2:30pm: Debriefing (at the seminary)
3:30pm: Depart

Questions? Email the academic dean, Dr. Chris Lohrstorfer, at clohrstorfer@wbs.edu/call 601-366-8880, ext. 113.

Marcos Luiz

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