All-Employee Retreat

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

“Like shepherds, tend the flock of God among you. Watch over it. Don’t shepherd because you must, but do it voluntarily for God. Don’t shepherd greedily, but do it eagerly. Don’t shepherd by ruling over those entrusted to your care, but become examples to the flock.”

– 1 Peter 5:2-3 (Common English Bible)

Jesus called them over and said, ‘You know that the ones who are considered the rulers by the Gentiles show off their authority over them and their high-ranking officials order them around.  But that’s not the way it will be with you. Whoever wants to be great among you will be your servant.’”

– Mark 10:42-43 (Common English Bible)

Core Value Focus for 2015-16: Servant Leadership

As employees of Goshen College, we are all servant leaders. In his sermon, The Drum Major Instinct, Martin Luther King, Jr. reminds us that we don’t need special training to serve and to make a difference. “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve….You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”

From “The Servant as Leader,” Robert Greenleaf notes that servant leadership “begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead…everything begins with the initiative of an individual.”

As individuals, and as an interdependent group of employees who are working to make the world a better place, we need to take some time to reflect on the question “what am I trying to do?” Simple to ask, difficult to answer, this is a question that will focus our listening and our talking during our time together.

At the same time, each of us needs to work at renewing our spirit and replenishing our energy so we can move forward with one another in ways that positively contribute to our mission of educating students focusing on international, intercultural, interdisciplinary, and integrative teaching and learning that offers every student a life-orienting story embedded in the five core values: Christ-centeredness, passionate learning, servant leadership, compassionate peacemaking and global citizenship.

The activities of the day will focus on the theme “we are all servants and leaders.” As a campus community we have enjoyed the all-employee retreat interactions at Merry Lea over the last four years. The activities the committee is developing for the day will set the stage for a time of interaction with one another as we make opportunities to renew our spirits as servant leaders.


Again, this year we are inviting retired employees and their spouses to join us in the afternoon for the final session and dinner.

Schedule: Goshen College Current Employee Retreat

To assist the planning committee, employees should complete the Confirmation of Choices Form. Retirees may RSVP to hr@goshen.edu or 535-6111.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Stay overnight at Merry Lea (optional)

Tuesday, August 17, 2015

8:30 a.m.    Gather at Physical Plant for those traveling via the GC fleet

8:45 a.m.    Depart from GC for Merry Lea

9:30 a.m.    Arrive at Merry Lea — Check-in

10:00 a.m.  Welcome , Worship, and Devotional

10:40 a.m.  Group Activities

12:30 p.m.  Lunch provided by Moe’s Southwest Grill (including vegetarian option)

1:30 p.m.    Informal Activities

3:00 p.m.    Gather in Tent for Group Activities

4:15 p.m.    Address by President Brenneman (retirees and spouses are invited to join the group at this time)

4:40 p.m.    Closing Worship/Reflection

5:00 p.m.    Dinner  (including vegetarian option)

6:15 p.m.    Depart from Merry Lea

Directions to Merry Lea

Additional Fall Dates to Put on Your Calendar

Friday, August 14 — New Employee Orientation (8:30 am -4:30 pm)

Monday, August 17 — Teaching Faculty Retreat

Thursday, August 20 — Academic Department Chair Meeting (8:30am – 12:00 noon)

Tuesday, August 25 – Fall Semester classes begin at 8:00 am