Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.

Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.

Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)


Come get away with us for the 2023 APCE Annual Event, “Unforced Rhythms of Grace”.


Ministry in the time of a pandemic has been exhausting.

“Are you tired?” Yes!
“Worn out?” Like a rug.
“Burned out on religion?” I serve in a church, don’t I?


We invite you to join us January 25-28, 2023, for the APCE 2023 AE “Unforced Rhythms of Grace” either in person in Birmingham, Alabama, or via AE Online.

Come – join us for a few days as we gather (online and in person) to grieve the losses we have endured due to illness, fear, convenience, laziness, complacency, workaholism, comparison. Jesus is calling us to rest – really rest. It is our hope that you will find rest and company during the Annual Event.

At the same time, it will be an emotionally challenging week, as our gathering takes place during the 60th Anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. Together we can lament and grieve the tragedies of our world and find comfort in a God who bears it all with us.

We are excited about the opportunities to worship, lament, explore, learn, be challenged, and grow during our time together. We are hoping to provide opportunities for some “Unforced Rhythms” like spending unscheduled time to gather with friends, exploring the Spirituality Center online or in person, or creating time in your day for holy rest.

It is our hope and prayer that the Annual Event will encourage us all to keep company with Jesus and learn how to live freely and lightly.

Come join us for AE 2023 “Unforced Rhythms of Grace”!

Jami Haswell-Vandock and Mary-Todd Peters                                                 Cathy C. Hoop and Jenny Thagard
Co-Chairs of the 2023 APCE Annual Event                                                         Local Committee Co-Chairs



2023 AE Sponsors