PRACTICE DISCIPLESHIP RETREAT 2017
THE RETREAT is designed for youth leaders and Christian education leaders (paid and unpaid) to come together, build community, learn, grow, relax, reenergize and reconnect!
We have also built in some play time for you to renew and relax! Sunday we will wrap things up and head home. Participants will have the opportunity to attend whatever days they are able to and the price will reflect that! This weekend is built for youth leaders (paid and unpaid) to come together, build community, learn, grow, relax, re-energize, and reconnect with God and God’s action in our lives! We invite all to come and join us as we learn, worship, and grow together as the Church!
What will the weekend look like? Enjoy an extended option beginning Thursday evening with networking, fellowship and time to relax before the learning sessions begin on Friday. You can check in beginning at 4:00 PM on Thursday and dinner will be provided at 6:00 PM. Light programming will begin at 7:00 PM with time for networking and hospitality. Friday morning, registration opens at 9AM. Andy Root, PhD, from Luther Seminary will be with us on Friday for an all-day intensive course on his book Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker. (See the full description on his intensive below.) If you are not coming for the Intensive, join us for worship on Friday evening at 7:00 PM followed by a general session and then hospitality. Saturday and Sunday will be filled with workshops on youth ministry topics (including the Youth Gathering) and (new this year!) Christian education topics. We will close on Sunday with worship followed by lunch. Sound like a lot? Don’t worry! We have also built in some play time for you to renew and relax!
I can’t come until… I have to leave early… Participants will have the opportunity to attend whatever days they are able to and the price will reflect that! This weekend is built for you – come and join us as we learn, worship, and grow together as the Church!
Kuehner Center 3 nights (Motel Style Rooms)
- Double Occupancy: $140 until Monday, August 28, 2017 $160 after Monday, August 28, 2017
- Single Occupancy: $185 until Monday, August 28, 2017 $205 after Monday, August 28, 2017
Kuehner Center 2 nights (Motel Style Rooms)
- Double Occupancy: $115 until Monday, August 28, 2017 $135 after Monday, August 28, 2017
- Single Occupancy: $145 until Monday, August 28, 2017 $165 after Monday, August 28, 2017
Kuehner Center 1 night (Motel Style Rooms)
- Double Occupancy: $95 until Monday, August 28, 2017 $110 after Monday, August 28, 2017
- Single Occupancy: $115 until Monday, August 28, 2017 $135 after Monday, August 28, 2017
Morgan Village Cabin 3 nights (Air Conditioned, carpeted, interior bathroom/shower)
- $120 until Monday, August 28, 2017 $145 after Monday August 28, 2017
Morgan Village Cabin 2 nights (Air Conditioned, carpeted, interior bathroom/shower)
- $95 until Monday, August 28, 2017 $120 after Monday August 28, 2017
Morgan Village Cabin 1 night (Air Conditioned, carpeted, interior bathroom/shower)
- $70 until Monday, August 28, 2017 $95 after Monday August 28, 2017
Commuter – 1 Day (includes lunch)
- $55 until Monday, August 28, 2017 $80 after Monday August 28, 2017
Commuter – 2 Days (includes lunch both days)
- $80 until Monday, August 28, 2017 $105 after Monday August 28, 2017
Hotel Room space is limited and is offered on a first come first serve bases so register today!
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For more information about the Practice Discipleship retreat, see the FAQ’s tab. Also, scholarships are available! Please contact Nadine Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are in need of financial assistance to attend this retreat.
Frequently Asked Questions
- When will the retreat take place?
The retreat will officially begin late on Thursday, September 28th and run through the morning of Sunday, October 1st. You have the option of attending all or part of the retreat. Prices are adjusted accordingly.
- Where will the retreat take place?
The retreat will be held at Luther Springs Camp and Retreat Center outside of Gainesville, Florida.
- What are the accommodations like?
You don’t have to worry about sleeping outside, that is, unless you’d like to sleep outside. For our weekend, rather, we’ll be utilizing Luther Springs’ motel-style rooms and cabins. Both the motel-style rooms and cabins have restrooms, showers, and air-conditioning. When you register, you’ll be asked to share your lodging preference.
- Who is the retreat for?
This Practice Discipleship weekend is meant to engage and challenge youth leaders of all backgrounds. Whether the youth leader is full-time, part-time, a lay or rostered worker, unpaid, a volunteer, a parent, retired, a student, etc. – anywhere in between – they are welcome to attend. One of the greatest gifts of being in Christian community with each other is the ability to come together in spite of differences.
- How much does the retreat cost?
The cost of the retreat ranges from $55 to $155 based on how many nights you are staying and your housing accommodations.
- Is financial assistance available?
If you’re a youth leader in the synod and are seeking help with the cost of registration, let’s have a conversation.We’d hate for you to not attend because of cost. Scholarships are available. Send Nadine Anderson an email at email@example.com
- When does registration close?
- Who is leading and hosting the retreat?
The Practice Discipleship retreat is lead by a team of youth ministers in our Synod. This retreat is being coordinated by Nadine Anderson. Nadine serves full-time as the Director of Education with Grace Lutheran in Tampa.
- What happened to LESS; why the name change to Practice Discipleship?
The first few years of this weekend retreat were branded with the name LESS; LESS stood for Leading, Equipping, Sending, Serving. Many of the elements from the LESS weekend retreat were taken from the ELCA’s Practice Discipleship initiative. As Practice Discipleship has continued to grow over the past years, it was realized that the heart and focus of our future weekend retreats really embody what Practice Discipleship is all about: practicing discipleship. And let’s face it, we’ve got too many acronyms as is.
- Is there anything I can do to help with the retreat?
Thanks for asking! Whether or not you’re attending, please pray for youth leaders around our state and beyond, along with uplifting our weekend together. If you’re interested in playing a role during the retreat, get in touch with Nadine Anderson.
- My question isn’t listed! What do I do?!?
Still have some questions? Perfect! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and she will try to respond as quickly as possible.
INTENSIVE CARE COURSE
Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker
Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of the most beloved Christian pastors and theologians of the 20th century, often being listed on the top of everyone’s most influential Christians. Yet, there has been a major oversight when it has come to exploring his life and thought. This omission has been the centrality of Bonhoeffer youth work and children’s ministry. Between 1925 and 1939 all of Bonhoeffer’s direct ministry practice was with children and youth, leading the experience of children and youth into his well-known theological works, as well as inspiring him to write much less known pieces and sermons about and for young people. This presentation will look to right this biographical wrong, by exploring Bonhoeffer’s work with young people, seeing how he might inspire our own ministry, and giving us new perspectives on our own work with young people.
This Intensive Care Course is led by Andrew Root, PhD, The Carrie Olson Baalson Associate Professor of
Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary and the author of Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker, A Theological Vision for Discipleship and Life Together. Andy will have copies of his book for sale during the event.
The retreat booklet will be posted during the 2017 Practice Discipleship Retreat.
LESS – Leading, Equipping, Sending, Serving – September 23-25, 2011
Faith Formation in a Missional Age – October 4-6, 2013
Frame – October 23-26, 2014
Story – October 1-4, 2015
Materials from previous retreat can be obtained by emailing Mike Gentes.