HPU Offers Clergy Sabbath Program to the Clergy of the Community


HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 24, 2018 – High Point University is inviting local clergy to campus through a new program called Clergy Sabbath.


The Rev. Dr. Michael Gehring, senior pastor of Main Street United Methodist Church in Kernersville, sits in HPU’s Smith Library to study.

The Rev. Dr. Al Ward, HPU’s Clergy in Residence, initiated the program to reach out to the clergy in the community as a way of thanking them for the work they do. HPU’s Clergy Sabbath will host one clergy per week and provide them access to Smith Library for research and study materials, use of the Hayworth Chapel and the newly built Hinson Meditation Garden for prayer and reflection.

“HPU is appreciative of the moral and spiritual leadership area clergy provide to our community and region,” says Ward. “We want to offer them time and space for renewal and reflection. Clergy Sabbath is open to clergy from all denominations who serve in the city of High Point and to United Methodist clergy in the Western North Carolina Conference.”

The first day of Clergy Sabbath was on Sept. 24 when Ward welcomed the Rev. Dr. Michael Gehring, senior pastor of Main Street United Methodist Church in Kernersville.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity for research, reflection and renewal,” says Gehring. “I am extremely grateful for Al Ward making me aware of this opportunity and am grateful to High Point University for inviting me to its campus for this time and the library for this opportunity.”

A clergyperson from a Winston-Salem church will be visiting HPU next week to participate in the program.

“As the clergy find themselves renewed and refreshed by spending a day at HPU, it makes them more effective in the ministry that they offer to the people in the congregation and to the people in the community at large,” says Ward.

Clergy interested in participating in Clergy Sabbath at HPU should contact Dr. Ward at 336-841-9828 or jward1@highpoint.edu.

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