Learn about En Gedi
En Gedi Retreat is a free vacation and retreat home for pastors and missionaries, and a 501 (c) 3 organization. Its purpose is to keep pastors and missionaries “Rested, Refreshed, and Renewed” in their service to the Kingdom. It is available to full time and bi-vocational pastors to include worship leaders, youth pastors, and other full-time ministry workers directly involved in pastoring, teaching, and leading. This includes full-time missionaries whose primary mission/work is the spreading of the gospel through mission work.
Thanks to the generosity of it’s property owner, En Gedi has one permanent retreat currently available, and other opportunity houses as well.
A 4,000 acre ranch, 30 minutes south of Steamboat Springs.
The Lance Cabin is where guests stay, where peace and quiet abound. Cabin amenities are first-class, and Fish and Cross Ranch, a professional recreational ranch, can be hired to provide a number of activities. You can also enjoy any number of outdoor activities from hiking to skiing this beautiful area of Colorado.
In addition to this permanent facility, En Gedi also has numerous “opportunity houses” in multiple locations for limited use. These are homes, condos, townhouses, and timeshares that are donated to En Gedi for specific periods of time. Please visit our Locations tab in order to see our most up-to-date availability.
En Gedi is available at no cost to those who use it. We raise funds to support the building process and upkeep so no pastor or missionary will be able to use the “I don’t have enough money” excuse to not go on a vacation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is En Gedi for?
En Gedi Retreat is available to pastors who need time alone with God, then to pastors and their families, missionaries and their families, other church workers and their families, small church leadership conferences, and also to regular families in a church who are going through crisis and need a place of solitude.
What is “Open Use”?
At En Gedi Retreat, “we provide the place and He provides the God.”
There are no programs, schedules, counseling, or agendas. We trust that you know best how to spend your time with God, whether alone, just your spouse, or your whole family. Sleeping, hiking, skiing, watching movies, studying, mission planning, or just sitting and talking to God all sound like good ideas to us!