First Love 2024

A Renovaré Retreat for Pastors and Ministry Leaders

April 22-25, 2024 · Hickory, NC

“Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it.” – Matthew 11:28


First Love is a four-day, three-night Renovaré retreat designed especially for pastors and ministry leaders working in a pastoral capacity. It is a safe space for rest and renewal among others who understand your journey, a time away for refocusing on Jesus and allowing him to restore your soul.

Who It's For

It is for pastors and ministry leaders from all Christian traditions, men and women who want to focus on congregational depth, who feel called to cultivate authentic community, and who know that they can only give what they first receive from God. 

What To Expect

  • A small, relaxed event with no more than fifty leaders   
  • A retreat pace with generous space for connecting with God in a beautiful setting 
  • Grace-filled teaching to help recover the heart of your calling
  • Honest conversations with others on a similar journey
  • Delicious meals and comfortable accommodations 

Location & Accomodations

The Catholic Conference Center in Hickory, North Carolina (near Charlotte) serves as a sanctuary and safe haven of transformation and inspiration. Lodging and all plenary sessions will take place in the main retreat center building. Rooms include two full-sized beds, a bathroom, and a desk.

Catholic Conference Center
1551 Trinity Ln
Hickory, NC 28602

Retreat Ministry Team

Cost & Registration

We understand that everyone has different situations and means, so this year we are offering different pricing tiers for First Love. The retreat experience is the same regardless of the tier you choose,  and your choice is not shared with attendees. 

All tiers are $100 off during Extra Early Bird, through Dec 30.