The Resting Place


Sometimes we act like it’s a four-letter word. We avoid it like the plague. We beat ourselves up when we must do it. We judge others when they engage in it and don’t work as hard as we do.

Work is certainly important, but rest is a necessary and good thing, too…which is why we are creating…

The Resting Place

People are hurting.  Depression, addictive behavior, suicide, and divorce rates are up dramatically.  The Resting Place, a nonprofit organization registered with the state of Tennessee, will provide resources to help individuals and families address  spiritual, emotional, and relational needs.  We will embody Jesus’ invitation, “Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”.

Resources will be developed and provided in four phases with the goal being a beautiful retreat area in the Chattanooga-Cleveland, Tennessee area.

The Resting Place will feature Christian retreat speakers like Dr. Keith Munford.

Rest and be thankful. – William Wadsworth

Four-Phased Development Plan

Phase 1: Development of podcasts and social media posts, as well as a website, logo, and branding.

Phase 2: Provision of retreats (development of outlines, advertisements, location of places for retreats, etc.).

Phase 3: Location of land, buildings, funds, development of budget, business plan, etc.

Phase 4: Opening of retreat and ongoing offering of services and management of the retreat.



Rest. Sometimes we act like it is a four-letter word.  We avoid it like the plague.  We beat ourselves up when we must do it. 

Read More »

Key Components

We will be working to add some essential items to the space we acquire and develop.

The Resting Place retreat ground will offer opportunities for relaxation, walking, jogging, and several other forms of recreation. The gardens, landscape, and natural areas will contribute to a relaxing atmosphere.

Each room, with a private bath, will be docketed to provide a restful and relaxing experience. Bedding will always be clean and comfortable. Sitting areas will include reading materials which interest and inform the guests.

The Resting Place will provide delicious food to excite and satisfy the appetites of our guests! Every meal will meet all expectations. Dietary needs will be addressed.

A commitment to Grace and Compassion will be the outstanding characteristic of The Resting Place environment.

A licensed counselor will be available, when requested, to address a variety of individual, couple, and family needs. Referrals to other qualified persons will be made, when necessary. Ministers and their families will have access to resources specialized to meet their needs.

A broad range of information regarding personal, marital, and family needs will be available through books, journals, seminars, classes, and online resources.

The Resting Place will partner with others from the Chattanooga/Cleveland region to provide resources to meet needs of individuals, families, and organizations. Partners will include teachers, counselors, exercise leaders, organizations with similar missions, and others.

A variety of programs will be provided to meet the needs of retreat participants. 

Sometimes, a break from your routine is the very thing you need.

Program Topics

Dr. Keith Munford is available to lead retreats and seminars on topics such as the following…

  • The Power of Play
  • Unplug to Power Up
  • The Benefits of Mindfulness
  • “Where Do I End and Others Begin?” (Healthy Boundaries)
  • Caring for Yourself-Caring for Others (Diane Ustaal)
  • Hope for The Perfectionist (David Stoop)
  • The Gifts of Imperfection (Brown)
  • Tired of Trying to Measure Up (Jeff VanVonderen)
  • Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care
  • Giving Yourself an Abundance of Grace
  • Forgiving Yourself
  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T  
  • Going Easy
  • Saying No Can Be A Good Thing
  • Communication: Key to Your Marriage (Wright)
  • A Lasting Promise: A Christian Guide to Fighting for Your Marriage (Stanley, Trathen, McCain and Bryan)
  • The Five Love Languages (Chapman)
  • New Parents Are People Too  (Buchalter)
  • Families Where Grace Is In Place (Jeff VanVonderen)
  • Finding My Worth in Christ
  • The Spiritual Foundation for Rest
  • Words of Grace from the Bible
  • Living Through Loss
  • Clergy Self-Care: Finding A Balance for Effective Ministry (Roy Oswald)
  • Healthy Congregations: A Systems Approach (Steinke)
  • Ministerial Burnout
  • Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business (Meyer)
  • Leadership Fatigue
  • Anxiety: What’s Driving Me to Tears and Fears?
  • Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Good Stress, Bad Stress
  • Support Groups
  • Yoga
  • Mindfulness
  • Silent Retreats

If you’re tired…learn to rest, not quit.

About Keith Munford

The Rev. Dr. Keith Munford is a native of Danville, Virginia.  He and his wife of more than forty years have two children and two of the greatest grandchildren in the whole, wide world.  Keith is a graduate of Lee University (1977), The Pentecostal Theological Seminary (1978), and Emory University (1983).  He received the Doctor of Ministry degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2001. Keith is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the State of Tennessee, a Certified Educator with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. and a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains.

Keith enjoys time with his family, long walks, vacations with his wife, and working in his yard. He continues to have faith that the Tennessee Volunteers football team will once again start winning their games against Georgia, Florida, and Alabama!

christian retreat speakers