FRESNO, Calif.—Ministry leaders and their spouses gathered for a Christian Workers’ Retreat, an annual event of the California Association of Regular Baptist Churches, at Wonder Valley Resort.

The group of church leaders and missionaries and their spouses explored the theme “Looking to Christ as We Look for Christ” with four ministry leaders: Randal Polard, pastor of Sierra Baptist Church, Newcastle, California; Shawn Hull, pastor of First Baptist Church, Walnut Creek, California; Bruce McLain, CARBC state representative; and Paul Pierce, field representative for Friends of Israel.

One pastor’s wife says that one of her greatest joys while attending the retreat is interacting with others who understand the ups and downs of local church ministry.