Welcome to Westwood Ministries
Increasingly, Christian leaders and their families are experiencing a need for rest and restoration from burnout, moral failure and forced termination. Missionaries are experiencing unrealistic expectations, financial burdens, denominational pressure & family stress leading to a mass exodus from full-time vocational ministry. We are in a crisis of ministry like no other where the needs of full-time ministry staff & church lay leadership hang in the balance. What is the Church to do? Where can Christian leaders who are called by God go to find healing and restoration?
Westwood Ministries has been operating since 1989 as a pastoral care ministry in an attempt to meet the physical and family needs of those in full-time ministry and church lay leadership. Westwood offers ministry in three priority areas: Sabbatical Retreat & Rest, Holistic Christian Counseling and Life & Ministry Training.
We are convinced that God’s desire for His Church is to be a healthy, functioning body. But before the Church can be healthy, its leaders must find health themselves.
Three Areas of Ministry
A Place to Go
Westwood offers a place of retreat and rest for the purpose of renewal, health and healing through our retreat center in Mountain Home, Texas.
A Person to Come to
Counseling and mentoring are available to Christian leaders and their families. We offer a safe place with a safe person for the health and well-being of the entire person: Mind, Soul and Spirit.
A Purpose to Train For
The Life and Ministry Training piece for Westwood Ministries. We offer practical and relevant leadership training for current and future generations of ministry professionals and Church lay leadership.
Each year Westwood absorbs the cost of many clients and guests who come to receive help but cannot afford to pay the “suggested donation” that is required for the ministry and services. The DNA of Westwood is that no Christian leader or their family be turned away due to their lack of funds to pay for their stay at Westwood and the ministry received. However, this costs Westwood about $50,000 each year! This past year we began to share these needs for scholarships that would enable more leaders to come and receive healing at Westwood Ministries.
Already we have received over $15,000 toward our goal of $50,000!
I invite you to make this scholarship fund a matter of prayer for your year-end giving this year! For every servant leader and family we salvage from failure and destruction, many lives will be changed down through eternity!Donate to the Scholarship Fund
The “Worth More Than Rubies” retreat has been a huge encouragement for my take on my marriage and my role in my family. The Father reminded me of my job as a prayer warrior over my household.
Potter’s has been a schooling of the heart. It is very life changing. God revealed the lies I have been believing my whole life.
Just know your ministry is lifted up by us in prayer. You bless us! 🙂
This experience [Potter’s Institute] has brought up a lot of things that I knew in my brain, but not necessarily knew in my heart. It has given me a chance to “escape” my everyday to experience a “reality check” and to re-calculate my priorities.
God gave my husband and I a specific opportunity to share with each other things about our past, that might otherwise not have come up. He brought us closer because of it too. He revealed that we are more alike than we knew and that we were truly brought together by Him. God revealed to me some other things (wounds) that I had suppressed so much so that I had forgotten. I was able to confront those feelings.
The Potter’s Institute, Heart-Shaping class has been a refuge. A place my wife and I came to seek help with the greatest struggle of our marriage. We found more than we came to find. We found healing, hope, energy towards tomorrow. We both discovered the sin we were not aware of, and generational sin that we believe will break with God’s leading.
God brought me out of hiding. I was the prodigal son, but unwilling, unable, too afraid to come out of the pig pen. God did not meet me half way, He came and got me out and led me Home.
Thank you, Lord, for sending me to The Potter’s Institute. It was life-saving, life-changing. I will forever be thankful and grateful to my new family outside of Kerrville. In Your Son’s Name, Amen.
The Potter’s Institute, Heart-Shaping class has brought joy back to my heart and given me revelation of unattended sin. It has taught me to BE STILL. Listen! Receive unwritten God’s Words and blessings!
I love the “Worth More Than Rubies” retreat teaching. The way Dawsie focused first on person, then mate, then children, then relationships helped me to learn in an organized way. The Father has shown me how far He has taken me/us – our marriage. He showed areas where I still need to trust, obey, things he has healed and ways I still need to obey fully, not just partially.
Dear Norma & Westwood Staff –
Thank you so much for what you do! It has been such a blessing to have a place to come and rest, to be surrounded by so many friendly people, and enjoy the silence and solitude that He prepared for me here! 🙂 Every encounter was Spirit-filled; every conversation, redirected me to the truths that the Father was showing me. I hope to share what I have learned here with many others, and encourage my colleagues to come for a stay! 🙂
Blessings and Much joy!
The Potter’s Institute was an encouraging and worthwhile opportunity for my wife and I to find healing for ourselves so that we can find healing in our marriage.
Dave, Norma, Sandy & Staff of Westwood Ministries,
The Lord has truly met me in an amazing way and has used this place as a sanctuary for me, calling me back to dwelling in the secret place of the Most High, to remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty (whose power no foe can withstand).
Thank you for allowing the Lord to use you all in seeing His Warriors refreshed, safe and brought back to our first Love!
He has done great things!
Love In Christ,
The Potter’s Institute has been a time of healing, forgiveness, encouragement for the daily battles I face. God healed wounds, strengthened my marriage, helped me create a battle plan, and accountability.