Church Administrative Professionals Retreat

October 4-5, 2021
Swanson Center
Carol Joy Holling Camp


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 every day.


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!


The retreat cost is $50 and includes one night stay in a double-occupancy room*, meals, snacks, and retreat leadership. If you prefer to stay in a private room, there is an additional $100 charge ($150 total retreat fee). 

*Due to COVID-19, we will not assign roommates. Please make sure the roommate you request on your registration is

a person you feel comfortable rooming with for this retreat.

tentative SCHEDULE

Monday, October 4:

9:00 a.m.       Check-In
10:00 a.m.     Introductions & Devotion
11:00 a.m.     Best Practices  - Working from Home
12:00 p.m.     Lunch at Sjogren Center
1:00 p.m.       Finger Labyrinth
2:30 p.m.       Break

3:00 p.m.       Mindfulness for Stress & Resilience
5:00 p.m.       Overcoming Obstacles and Burnout: The Road to Resilience
6:00 p.m.       Dinner at Sjogren Center
7:00 p.m.       Campfire, Cocktails, & Fellowship

Tuesday, October 5:

7:30 a.m.       Breakfast at Sjogren Center

8:30 a.m.       Partnership Perks

9:00 a.m.       Craft

10:00 a.m.     2020 Lessons Learned & Idea Sharing

11:15 a.m.     Worship

12:00 p.m.     Lunch at Sjogren Center with Departure Afterwards


Best Practices - Working Remotely
Last year, we were all taken outside of our comfort zones in all aspects of life. Many of us were lucky enough to be able to work from home, but working outside the office was unfamiliar territory. While some thrived, others found it distracting and unproductive. In this session, we’ll work to build our workflow and communication skills and adapt to wherever our workstation is today.  

Mindfulness for Stress & Resilience from Tonya Vyhlidal

Every one of us has stress in our lives but some of us have chronic stress, combined with trauma, combined with care fatigue – the list goes on and on. This session will educate you about stress and provide you with the information and activities you can use to build mindfulness into your life to build greater resilience and build greater personal peace in your life.

Overcoming Obstacles and Burnout: The Road to Resilience from Tonya Vyhlidal

Chronic stress combined with a series of setbacks, personal and professional obstacles, and other life issues can cause chronic stress and burnout. This session will provide tools and resources on how to integrate healthy coping strategies and stress management techniques into your life to help you become more resilient and more positive.

2020 Lessons Learned & Idea Sharing

So much was new last year, and everyone had to adapt. Let's share what has worked and what didn't, so we can all learn from each other. This time of sharing could open another church professional's eyes to something new that their congregation can try in the future.

Tonya Vyhlidal is a senior-level executive with more than 20 years of leadership and coaching experience. With vast experience in building world-class health and wellness programs, she creates workplace excellence by integrating company wellness, safety, occupational health, and benefits programs into a comprehensive plan that enhances company culture. Currently, Tonya serves as the Director of Culture and Wellbeing for The Wellbeing Partners a health and wellness non-profit focusing on business and community wellbeing that serves the states of Nebraska, Iowa, and Colorado. 


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