PLATINUM2023

Serenity Retreat For Healing & Spiritual Renewal

One Hour, One Chair, Encounter God

aka Serenity Retreat, Serenity Retreat for Healing and Spirtual Renewal   |   Bellville, TX   |  www.serenityretreat.com

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Mission

At Serenity Retreat, our mission is to equip all generations in a prayer process that fosters a transformational encounter with God. We are dedicated to creating an inclusive and nurturing environment where individuals of all ages can deepen their spiritual connection through a structured prayer process. Our programs and retreats provide the tools, guidance, and support necessary to help every generation experience a profound transformation in their relationship with God. Our goal is to empower and inspire individuals to embark on a spiritual journey that leads to a deeper and more meaningful connection with God.

Notes from the nonprofit

At Serenity Retreat, our unwavering commitment lies in the celebration of diversity in all its splendid dimensions. We are dedicated to fostering an environment that is not only inclusive but also warmly inviting, a place where we embrace the rich tapestry of cultures and ethnicities, the wisdom of different ages, the stories of varied socioeconomic backgrounds, and the unique abilities that collectively compose our beautiful world. Our approach is deeply rooted in inspiration and optimism, as we passionately emphasize the life-altering potential that Serenity Retreat offers. Our mission is to cultivate an atmosphere where every individual feels not only welcomed but valued and supported, where the wonder and awe of existence are wholeheartedly celebrated. Our overarching objective is to offer an environment where people can hear from God, undergo a profound transformation of the heart, and equip themselves with a prayer process to continually receive God's perspective.

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Pastor Nicole Banks

Co Principal Officer

Reverend Kathryn Eason

Main address

953 Memory Lane

Bellville, TX 77418 USA

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EIN

76-0620650

NTEE code info

Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C. (X99)

Christian (X20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

At Serenity Retreat, we aim to solve the disconnection between God and His children by fostering healing and spiritual renewal. Through prayer, one-hour sessions, equipping programs, and personal healing retreats, we provide a peaceful and nurturing environment for individuals to rediscover their spiritual connection. Our comprehensive approach helps participants deepen their relationship with their faith. Our ministry serves as a sanctuary of serenity, where individuals can find solace, reconnect with God, and experience healing and spiritual renewal.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Transformation Prayer Ministry

Provide a powerful, free alternative to mental healthcare through Transformation Prayer Ministry. This is effective in those with depression, anxiety, anger, strained relationships, and addictions.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Spiritual Transformation Index

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Transformation Prayer Ministry

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our organization's primary goals are to:

Facilitate Spiritual Transformation: Provide individuals with a structured prayer process that enables them to experience spiritual transformation and connect with the divine.

Enhance Spiritual Well-Being: Assist individuals in deepening their spiritual connection and facilitating a personal relationship with God.

Expand Access to Spiritual Guidance: Make our prayer process accessible to a broader audience, ensuring that anyone seeking a deeper connection with their faith has the opportunity to engage in our program.

Promote Spiritual Healing: Create a supportive community where individuals can experience spiritual healing, find solace, and discover their inner purpose.

Advocate for Spiritual Growth: Advocate for the importance of spiritual growth and deepening one's relationship with God within the broader community, increasing awareness of the transformative power of prayer.

By achieving these goals, we aim to empower individuals to experience a profound spiritual journey, connect with God, and find a deeper sense of purpose and fulfillment in their lives.

Develop and Refine the Prayer Process:

Continuously refine and improve the prayer process to make it accessible, effective, and transformative for individuals seeking spiritual connection.
Educational Outreach and Workshops:

Offer workshops, seminars, and educational materials to introduce individuals to the prayer process and provide guidance on its application.
Online and In-Person Engagement:

Utilize both online platforms and in-person gatherings to engage with individuals and guide them through the prayer process.
Community Building:

Foster a supportive and inclusive community where individuals can share their experiences, seek guidance, and find emotional and spiritual support.
Access and Inclusivity:

Ensure that our prayer process is accessible to people of all backgrounds, cultures, and faiths who are seeking spiritual transformation.
Collaboration and Partnerships:

Collaborate with religious organizations, spiritual leaders, and other like-minded entities to broaden our reach and impact.
Advocacy and Awareness Campaigns:

Conduct advocacy campaigns to raise awareness about the significance of spiritual transformation and the potential for individuals to connect with God through prayer.
Feedback and Evaluation:

Regularly collect feedback from participants to evaluate the effectiveness of the prayer process and make necessary improvements.
Platinum Status and Accreditation Pursuit:

Continue the pursuit of platinum status on Charity Navigator and official accreditation, enhancing our credibility and access to support for our mission.
Research and Development:

Invest in research and development to advance the prayer process, incorporate best practices, and ensure its continued efficacy.
By implementing these strategies, our organization aims to create a platform that empowers individuals to experience a profound spiritual transformation, connect with God, and embark on a transformative journey of faith and self-discovery.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Serenity Retreat For Healing & Spiritual Renewal

Board of directors
as of 11/06/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Mark Sorrell

Robert Zimmerman

Robert Moorman

Winda Antoine

Lisa Lee

Lauren Lukefahr

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/1/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/01/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.