“Leadership is hard and few finish well”, this is how Dr Bobby Clinton summed up decades of research into leader formation. More than 70% in fact, have their influence compromised, even obliterated on the rocks of quite predictable obstacles. What did Clinton’s research put this down to? Formation. Rather than competence or skill, which are important as we aspire to positions of influence, it is the condition of our inner lives that determines whether or not we lead well and finish strong.


Just Life is a series of four residential retreats designed specifically to strengthen the inner-lives of in-service ministry leaders. We have drawn heavily from the domains of leadership development, self-care, spiritual formation and even neuroscience to offer a retreat program that is totally unique.

At Compass, we recognise that leadership is hard and ministry leadership, doubly so! We’ve all heard stories of burnout, moral failure, plateauing and relationship breakdown among leaders. And, if we’re honest with ourselves, we know we’re capable of such things ourselves!

Just Life is the fence at the top of the cliff, not the net at the bottom. We want to invest in the strengthening of your inner-life for the sake of your family, your ministry, your witness and your own wellbeing.

Who is it for?

Just Life is for ministry leaders, development practitioners, missionaries and care professionals. If you give of yourself in the development and formation of others, then Just Life retreats are designed to refresh, strengthen and encourage… you!

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