Occassionally, spiritual brothers and sisters to “escape” their normal living conditions and find fresh environments that allow them to focus more on their creator while interacting more closely with each other. For instance, Christian retreat centers in New England are an excellent venue for groups like youth, women, or men to convene and share God’s teachings and personal experiences. Such retreats allow participants to open their hearts to fresh friendships too.
If you’re involved in the planning of a Christian retreat, here are some tips to help you get it right:
Determine the Agenda of the Retreat
Each spiritual retreat is planned for a primary purpose. Whatever the organization of this retreat is, remember to prioritize teaching the truths of the scripture. Numerous platforms exist for such a purpose, for example keynote talks, small group discussions, and workshops. Likewise, be sure to plan for devotion time, for instance in praising, praying, reflection, and personal study.
Include Fun Activities
The entire retreat should not be just about worshiping and listening to speeches. You could plan for entertainment that will suit the specific group that’s been invited. A Christian retreat should be highly organized, but that doesn’t mean it has to be also overbearing or over-planned. Maybe you have teens, youth, women, or just grown-ups attending–it helps to give them some free space for activities of their own choosing, even if to just loosen up. Planned leisure exercises for groups are similarly encouraged.
Where to Go
Your main objective should always be considered as you look for a place to hold your retreat. Many times, it helps to choose a natural setting, such as by the lake, on the foot of a mountain, or in the middle of a forest, especially if the gathering is for city dwellers trying to escape the stresses and rigors of such living . However, a Christian group from the country may prefer a town setting, such as a hotel in the middle of interesting shops and trade activity.
When are You Going?
The climate and weather of the location of your preferred Christian retreat center should dictate when the timing is perfect to go. Sometimes, the fall or spring may be appropriate in case you’re avoiding extreme cold or hot temperatures during summer or winter.
How Long to Stay
Decide the length of the retreat based on what’s best for the type of group in question. For instance, it’s been shown that women don’t seem to unplug fully from their roles and life at home until the second day, in which case, at least two nights away from home would be great for them.
With superior preparedness, church retreats for Christians turn out so amazing!