Retreat 101 (part 7)

Snowbound 2008 Group Shot

We just wrapped up our winter retreat this past weekend, and I thought I would share some tips and helps with you should you be looking at running your own retreat. Sure, most of these will seem like common sense, but sometimes when we neglect to state the obvious, we wind up forgetting the obvious. This is the final post on this topic (for now).

When leading a retreat for your Student Ministry…

Give your students a journal – Whether it is something that you create on your own, or something that you purchase, make sure your students have something with them to keep notes, thoughts, Scriptures, whatever comes to mind that they need to remember when they get home. And make sure that they have it with them all the time.

Our teens had a journal that I put together for them. It had pages for notes for each general session, leading discussion questions for their small group times, journaling space for guided journaling, the rules of the retreat, and a schedule. It was a great help for them to have for the weekend, and I have even heard from a few (and others who have interacted with those few) about how they are still using them. It also makes a great souvenir for them to reflect on the weekend with.