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A Place of Rest for Pastors, Missionaries, and other Christian Leaders.


A Revitalization Retreat is a 2 – 5 day getaway that allows space and time for rest and revitalization of your spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and creative life. Recover intimacy with God, restore your “margin,” take time to pray, meditate, read and study.


Our passion and mission is to meet the specific needs of Christian leaders. Our Refocus Retreat typically incorporates LifeBridge Coaching along with other resources to assist you in living a high quality of life while in ministry. Get in closer touch with your own heart and your unique life-calling.


Our Renewal Courses and Retreats allow Church leaders, couples, men’s groups, or ladies groups to “renew the mind” (Romans 12:2) and “refresh the soul”” (Psalm 19:7).  These course include Theology of the Holy Spirit, Theology and Practice of Calling, Worldviews and Apologetics, World Religions, and a highly-effective marriage refreshment course.

Welcome to the Oasis!

The BMI Oasis is a non-denominational ministry serving Pastors, missionaries, ministry leaders and their spouses.  Our Guests are accommodated Bed & Breakfast style. We allow them to structure their own retreats, and we also provide them with optional Care Services, such as confidential coaching and life-focusing resources, when they visit.

The BMI Oasis is a Partner with Life Impact Ministries, which provides hosted retreat centers for Christian workers around the world.

The Oasis is located in the countryside about one mile from the quaint village of Richland, Michigan. Our 3-acre property incorporates a serene pond, an island (for reflection and bonfires), our Cattail Chapel (prayer hut), a hammock, and a walking trail, and a 6-stage prayer walk. Our resource library is available to our guests and contains over 2000 theological, spiritual, devotional and other titles.

The Oasis is very conducive for getting back in touch with the Lord, your spouse, and your own heart. Whether you need a time of solitude,  a place to pray and study, a getaway with your spouse, or life-coaching, the Oasis is here for you.  We will seek to listen to your story and accommodate your specific needs.

Our Vineyard Suite is a quiet, private, and spacious accommodation for one couple.  Our Pondview Room allows us to  accommodate 2 couples at a time.

H.B. London’s book Pastors at Greater Risk reports that over fifty percent of pastors in the USA would leave the pastorate if they had somewhere else to go or another way to make a living. Also that 1,500 pastors leave their ministries each month due to burnout, conflict or moral failure. In addition, they note:


80% believed their pastoral ministry affected their family negatively


33% said that being in ministry was an outright hazard to their family


50% felt unable to meet the needs of their job


70% said they had a lower self-esteem than when they started out

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Meet Our Team

John Studebaker, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Julie Studebaker

Facilities Coordinator

Cosmas Saturnino

Director of BMI, South Sudan

Martin Mukusa

Director of BMI, Kenya

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