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 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.
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.
Potter’s at Westwood, in general, have been life-saving to me and my family. It has provided wellness and healing from habits, quarrels – a reminder of forgiveness of my sin and the blessing and reminder of hope and a future. God continues to bring healing and restoration, growth and strengthening for my heart and soul. Thanks for all you do!
If my husband had not abandoned me here 🙂 I really do not know how much longer it would have taken me to deal with my issues. I can’t thank you enough that this place exists. My counselors were awesome and willing to spend time with us if we wanted it or needed. Sandy Rocks! I love you!
God has done an awesome work in my life! 🙂 He has made me the me that I was before being hurt. The one God wanted me to be.
The “Worth More Than Rubies” retreat was a reality check for me. It was an encouragement to hear all the teachings and Scriptures on being a godly wife and mother. I feel that this was a PRO-ACTIVE step to make me a better mother before my daughter is all grown.
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,
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 “Worth More Than Rubies” retreat has given me a tremendous amount of rebuilding of my faith and reassures to correct areas in which I fail in my marriage and other areas of my life. The Father touched me deeply and opened my heart to better let Him in and guide me.
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 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.