Mission & Vision
Our Hope For You
Our mission is to provide a safe haven for weary and wounded pastors and their spouses in which they can be restored, refreshed and renewed.
This may be accomplished through a program designed to re-focus their commitments to and relationships with God, each other, and their peers through Bible study, prayer, bibliotherapy, group interaction, and time alone in a restful setting. We will assist them by providing pastoral counseling and exposure to a variety of materials that will reduce stress, strengthen their ministries, and enrich their marriages.
Where It All Began
The most significant events in our lives – the birth of a child, the loss of a loved one, the joining of a couple in marriage, the commitment to serve the Lord – are attended by a pastor, chaplain, or priest. These men and women serve as comforters, guides, and confidants literally 24/7, 365 days a year. Though it is their joy and privilege to do so, that availability can leave them exhausted and discouraged if time is not set aside to refresh their spirits. “My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.”Isaiah 32:18
The vision of Barnabas House of Oklahoma began as a dream of building a large home in the country that would be a family homestead – rooms for each of our kids and their future spouses to come and spend the holidays in comfort. A funny thing happened on the way to that dream, though. God began to stir in our hearts a desire to use the home for more than family holidays. We heard the call to a new direction -service to those who have served so faithfully: pastors.
God started prodding us to build a pastor’s retreat home. Not just a bed-and-breakfast or fun time get-away, but a place of healing. Most churches are small, 100 members or less, even here in the Bible belt. When a church is that small, the pastors often must be bi-vocational. This translates into very overworked, generally under-appreciated, and certainly underpaid servants. So the people who need to get a break the most are often those who can afford it the least. We wanted a place that is independently funded so they could come for little or no cost, for restoration, rest, and direction.
Barnabas House is that place -room for up to three pastors and their spouses at one time to refresh and refocus, located in Vinita, OK where the serenity of God’s beautiful creation can bring new life to a weary soul. Please pray with us and consider partnering with us in fulfilling this vision.
What We Believe
The sole basis of our beliefs is the Bible, God’s infallible written Word, the sixty-six books of the old and New Testaments. We believe that it was uniquely, verbally, and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, and that it was written without error (inerrant) in the original manuscripts. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks.
We accept those areas of doctrinal teaching on which, historically, there has been general agreement among all true Christians. Because of the specialized calling of Barnabas House of Oklahoma, Inc., we desire to allow for freedom of conviction on other doctrinal matters, provided that any interpretation is based on the Bible alone, and that no such interpretation shall become an issue which hinders the ministry to which God has called us.
We explicitly affirm our belief in basic Bible teachings, as follows:
- There is one true God, eternally existing in three persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each of whom possess equally all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality.
- Jesus Christ is God, the living Word, who became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. Hence, He is perfect Deity and true humanity united in one person forever.
- He lived a sinless life and voluntarily atoned for the sins of men by dying on the Cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone.
- He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died, He ascended bodily into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, where He, the only mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own.
- Man was originally created in the image of God, He sinned by disobeying God; thus, he was alienated from his Creator. That historic fall brought all mankind under divine condemnation.
- Man’s nature is corrupted, and he is thus totally unable to please God. Every man is in need of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit as all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
- The salvation of man is wholly a work of God’s free grace and is not the work, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness or religious ceremony. God imputes righteousness to those who put their faith in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation and thereby justifies them in His sight.
- It is the privilege of all who are born again of the Spirit to be assured of their salvation from the very moment in which they trust Jesus Christ as their Savior. This assurance is not based upon any kind of human thought but is produced by the witness of the Holy Spirit, who confirms in the believer the testimony of God in His written Word.
- The Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Jesus Christ and to apply the saving work of Jesus Christ to men. He convicts and draws sinners to Jesus Christ, imparts new life to them, continually indwells them from the moment of spiritual birth, and seals them until the day of redemption. His fullness, power, and control are appropriated in the believer’s life by faith.
- Every believer is called to live so in the power of the indwelling Spirit that he will not fulfill the lust of the flesh but will bear fruit to the glory of God.
- Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, His Body, which is composed of all men, living and dead, who have been joined to Him through saving faith. God admonishes His people to assemble together regularly for worship, for participation in ordinances, for edification through the Scriptures, and for mutual encouragement.
- Jesus Christ will come again to the earth-personally, visibly, and bodily-to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
- The Lord Jesus Christ commanded all believers to proclaim the gospel throughout the world and to disciple men of every nation, The fulfillment of that Great Commission requires that all worldly and personal ambitions be subordinated to a total commitment to “Him who loved us and gave Himself for us”.
Barnabas House of Oklahoma will be the leader in pastoral retreat centers that restore, renew, and refresh pastors and their spouses by providing high quality, faith-based services, and counseling.