After a long season of ministry that culminated with the sad news of the beheading of John the Baptist, the Lord Jesus spoke to His disciples saying, “Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while" (Mark 6:31). The demands and disappointments of ministry were wearing them down, but Jesus offered them rest.


As preachers of the gospel we also need to heed the words of the Lord Jesus to come apart unto Him and rest a while. The late evangelist, Vance Havner, described it this way: "If we do not come apart, we will surely come apart."


THE PREACHER'S REST is an opportunity for pastors, church staff, evangelists, missionaries, those called into ministry, and their wives to come together for a few days. REST serves as an acronym for Refresh, Encourage, Strengthen, and Train. REST will not be a how-to meeting, a promotional meeting, or an agenda-driven meeting. Our desire is that our time together be refreshing, relaxing, and relational.


I hope that you and your spouse will consider joining us as we come apart from the world unto the Lord Jesus Christ to find rest in His work.


The Preacher's Rest is scheduled for September 3-5, 2018 at the Tabernacle Baptist Church.

1225 29th Ave Dr NE, Hickory, NC 28601 - 828.324.9936







Registration fees are $29.95 for an individual and $39.95 per couple. The registration fee covers the cost of materials and three meals. Registration does not include lodging. You may wish to choose a hotel from the list below. Select hotels are offering special rates for the meeting. To receive the discounted rate mention Tabernacle Baptist Church when reserving your room.


To register, please follow the steps listed below:


Step 1: Complete the information form at the bottom of this page.


Step 2: Click the link below to submit payment. Please follow the instructions listed: After you click the payment link, click “view donor portal” located underneath the “Go” button, select the “Quick Give” option on the left column of the table, then select “The Preacher’s Rest” in the drop down menu, and complete payment information.


Questions or problems?

Please contact Melissa Odham at 828-324-9936 or


We encourage casual dress for all sessions with the exception of the Tuesday evening session which will also include our midweek church service.


Fairfield Inn & Suites

1950 13th Avenue Drive SE Hickory, NC 28601

828-431-3000 | $109*+tax

• Breakfast is included


Hampton Inn

1956 13th Avenue Drive SE Hickory, NC 28602 | (828) 624-2000

• Breakfast is included


Holiday Inn Express

2250 US Highway 70 SE, Hickory, NC 28602 | (828) 328-2081

$110* + tax (must be reserved by August 13)

• Breakfast is included


Hilton Garden Inn

1320 17th Street Drive SE Hickory, NC 28602 | (828) 327-1000


Best Western

1520 13th Avenue Drive SE, Hickory, NC 28602 | (828) 323-1150

$82* + tax (must be reserved by August 20)

• Breakfast is included


*Rate applies when you mention Tabernacle Baptist Church

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