Ministers’ Support Network (MSN)

Offering ministers and spouses encouragement, fellowship, and renewal in a safe and supportive environment of reflecting, sharing, and listening.

We offer MSN weekend sabbatical retreats twice each year in Salado, Texas. Thanks to donors’ generosity, ministry couples pay nothing more than their travel expenses to participate in MSN retreats.

Read more of MSN’s story in the Spring-Summer 2019 edition of ACU Today.

Each sabbatical retreat is led by a team comprised of Rick and Jamie Atchley, Tracy and Tina Fleet, Chris and Stacie Hatchett, and Robert and Jenny Oglesby. Here is what one participant shared after attending an MSN retreat with her husband and several other ministry couples:

These people in the circle, their lives full of adventure and stories worth writing about, all could have chosen to walk away from God. They could have chosen to leave their churches many many MANY times, but they didn’t. They remain steadfast. They remain faithful and resolute to the calling by the One greater than us all.
— Caryn Blanchard


Reflection – to increase understanding about ourselves and our relationships by using simple stress burnout instruments to increase self-understanding.

Support – to provide caring intervention from caring professionals through personal and group sharing with peers and team members.

Spiritual Direction – to offer wise guidance in connecting our souls with God through participation in worship, guided reflection on Scripture, and prayer.

Networking – to encourage the development of supportive relationships with other ministry couples by facilitating personal sharing and trust building through formal and informal group activities.

Contact and Recommendations

Would you or someone you know benefit from participating in a future MSN sabbatical retreat? We welcome recommendations! Please simply email the couple’s name, email address, and cell phone number to Robert Oglesby, MSN coordinator.