Retreat Leader's Manual: A Complete Guide to Organizing Meaningful Christian Retreats

Retreat Leader's Manual: A Complete Guide to Organizing Meaningful Christian Retreats

by Nancy Ferguson, Kevin Witt


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Four out of ten church members and a majority of pastors report having a significant spiritual experience through a church camp or retreat time. Unfortunately, most pastors have little training in the art of planning or leading retreats. Although a few resources offer theme ideas for retreats, they tend to lack any serious biblical or theological underpinning. Very few resources help develop the practical aspects of retreat planning. Now, The Retreat Leader’s Manual offers a practical guidebook for those leading retreats, including the nuts and bolts of how to plan a budget, the right questions to ask about a potential retreat site, and ideas for making Bible study and worship memorable for persons of many ages.

Written by veterans in the development of camp programs and the operations of camps and conferences, this resource offers the perfect blend of the theoretical and the practical – the how and the why of leading meaningful retreat experiences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780881774283
Publication date: 12/28/2006
Pages: 126
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.31(d)

Table of Contents

Thanks to All Retreat Leaders     7
Introduction     9
Biblical and Theological Foundations     13
Pathways Offered by Christian Retreats     15
Encounters with God     19
Encounters with Others     27
Encounters with Creation     35
Practices for Christian Retreats     45
Introduction     47
Encounters with God     51
Encounters with Others     61
Encounters with Creation     71
How to Plan a Retreat     77
Developing a Retreat Team     79
Designing Your Retreat     87
Planning a Budget     97
Choosing a Location     101
Promoting the Retreat     107
Keeping Participants Safe     115
Evaluating the Retreat     121

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