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Most congregations offer options for Bible study but an off-site retreat can be a real energizer for a Christian faith community. Ideally the atmosphere surrounding a retreat is a relaxed one, but there's no denying that they require much work and attention to detail to truly be successful.
Essentials of Retreat Planning
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So, you've chosen a theme that's timely and relevant to your congregation--a theme people can really get excited about. Already, advanced buzz on your retreat theme suggests a great turn-out.

Before you start plastering fliers on all the bulletin boards and sending out mass e-mails about the great event, there are a few more issues you need to address.

Have you:

  • Chosen a committee?
  • Developed a program appropriate to your target audience?
  • Determined a workable schedule of retreat activities?
  • Determined a workable schedule of retreat activities that fits your budget? (You do have a budget, right?)
  • Decided how you will promote the retreat? Figured out where participants will sleep and eat? What if it rains?
  • Found out if your church carries liability insurance in case someone gets hurt? Does your church need to carry liability insurance in case someone gets hurt?

The list goes on, but with a little foresight, a lot of planning, and plenty of help from this Thoughtful Christian essay, you can be assured of offering your congregation a truly enjoyable and spiritual retreat experience.

Nancy Ferguson is a certified educator and former day camp director at Camp Hanover in Richmond, Virginia. She lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia where she concentrates on writing resources for camps and retreats. She is the author of eight books, including The Retreat Leader's Manual (with Kevin Witt) and Retreats for Renewal: Five Designs for Intergenerational Retreats.


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