Church Administrative Professionals Retreat

Monday, October 28, 20199:00 amTuesday, October 29, 20191:00 pm
Camp Carol Joy Holling, Ashland

This retreat is for administrative professionals from churches of all Christian denominations. We’ll have lots of time for fellowship and meaningful sessions to help you gain knowledge and skills to improve upon the work you do everyday.

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Carol Joy Holling's first class Swanson Retreat Center will be home for the retreat. You'll enjoy oversized rooms with two queen beds, full bathrooms, television and wifi. There are also more than 300 acres of land to explore during your down-time and a top-notch kitchen to enhance your retreat experience!

Monday, October 28:
9:00 a.m.       Check-In
10:00 a.m.     Introductions & Devotion
11:00 a.m.     Records & Files
12:00 p.m.     Lunch at Sjogren Center
1:00 p.m.       Sabbath Bible Study with Pr. Paula Lawhead
2:30 p.m.       Break
3:00 p.m.       Workday Mindfulness
5:00 p.m.       Work/Life Balance Tips from Productivity Consultant Amy Tokos
6:00 p.m.       Dinner at Sjogren Center
7:00 p.m.       Campfire, Cocktails, & Fellowship

Tuesday, October 29:
7:30 a.m.       Breakfast at Sjogren Center
8:30 a.m.       Partnership Perks
9:00 a.m.       Craft
10:00 a.m.     Volunteer Discussion
11:15 a.m.     Worship with Pr. Paula Lawhead
12:00 p.m.     Lunch at Sjogren Center with Departure Afterwards

Session Descriptions
Records & Files
What records and files need to be kept? For how long? How do you go about ensuring that everything is kept up to date? The session will cover the basics and discuss ideas to help you keep those records organized in your context.

Work/Life Balance Tips from Productivity Consultant Amy Tokos
Do you carry items forward on your to-do list day after day? Do you sit down in the office to finish one task then find yourself quickly distracted by another? Do you struggle to set boundaries around your working time? This session about combating gaps in our productivity is for you. In this session, you will get tips, strategies and frameworks to help you become more productive. Productivity best practices will be covered which include time and space strategies along with a few tips on tackling paper, information and email.

Amy Tokos, CPO® is the owner of Freshly Organized in Omaha. Her background is in engineering and she previously worked making manufacturing processes simpler and more efficient, also known as lean manufacturing. In 2008, she started her company and began bringing the lean methods into the homes and offices of her clients. Amy is Nebraska’s only Certified Professional Organizer and currently serves on the Board of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO). Amy is a monthly contributor to Momaha Magazine and her organizing tips have been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, HGTV Remodels, This Old House, along with many other national and local media outlets.  

Workday Mindfulness
Are you constantly multitasking? Do other people’s needs tend to fill up your day? A whole day can pass without a moment to just be. This session will be a chance to let go of your mental to-do list and feel rejuvenated. You will be introduced to short practices you can do during the workday that give you moments of peace, and have time for some intentional self-care. You are invited to bring something to do that brings you joy – a book, journal, walking shoes, etc.

Volunteer Discussion
Are your go-to volunteers the same ones that you’ve had for years? Does getting people to volunteer feel like pulling teeth? This group discussion will give opportunity to share volunteer success stories as well as time to talk through struggles of working with volunteers. Please bring any material that you have that relates to recognizing potential volunteer gifts, inviting people to volunteer, volunteer training, and how you thank your volunteers.

Only $50 for your lodging in a double-occupancy room, meals, snacks, and retreat leadership!
You can stay in a private room for $150 total.

If you have questions about the Church Administrative Professionals Retreat, please contact Katherine Albin at or 402-944-2544.