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. There are 2 peaceful cabins available for this in Kerrville, 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The Potter’s Institute has been a safe place to come and reflect on self, healing, and reconciliation between myself and husband; myself and God. God identified wounds deeply buried that were contributing to conflict and hurting other people. Reconciled myself to Him and showed me the reality of Him and showed me how to “heart believe” instead of just “head believe”.
The “Worth More Than Rubies” retreat has meant to me about building a foundation. I felt as if I was on sinking sand. Now I feel as though I am standing on the rock.
The Father helped me quit smoking this weekend. He has helped me believe and trust Him to take care of my family.
Everything was fantastic! Truly life changing. You said Dawsie would “bless our socks off” and she truly has! She is a woman of God that I would like to look to as an example.
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! 🙂
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!
Again, what an incredible place to “come away” to. You provide an atmosphere of Father’s heart. Yah – all the buildings, the lodge, the cabins, the campfire, and the wide open space with wildlife are the setting; however, you – God’s people – vessels of Father’s heart are what minister to our deepest need. In all genuineness, we yearn to be close to y’all. Touched, transformed and “Graced” lives and hearts are what we always leave here with: Touched by Christ’s compassion, Transformed by the work of the Holy Spirit, and “Graced” because we get what we don’t deserve from Father.
Blessings in Jesus’ Name,
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.