PRACTICE DISCIPLESHIP RETREAT 2016
WONDER. We live in a world where we often Wonder about who God is and what God does in the world. Those questions about God are even louder for the youth that we walk alongside. Practice Discipleship 2016 draws us back into wondering. This year’s curriculum invites us to wonder anew what the almighty can do and does through the gift of the Holy Spirit. We’ll wonder with children and youth about creation, creativity, confirmation, prayer, service learning, and the church. We’ll do this knowing that our God is calling us into relationship. Join us and be a part of this wonder.
THE RETREAT will have an extended option beginning Thursday evening with networking, fellowship and time to relax before the learning sessions begin. Friday morning, registration opens at 9AM. We are offering 2 all day simultaneous intensive care courses this year which will begin at 9:30AM.
- Hans Weirsma of Augsburg College will lead a course on Lutheran Theology.
- Jacob Sorenson of Luther Seminary will lead discussions on The Confirmation Project
Saturday will offer many more workshops based on this year’s Practice Discipleship theme,Wonder. 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!
(By 8.25.2016 // After 8.25.2016)
- Kuehner Center motel style rooms 3 nights – $130 // $155
- Kuehner Center motel style rooms 2 nights – $105 // $135
- Kuehner Center motel style rooms 1 night – $90 // $105
- Morgan Village Cabin 3 nights – $115 // $140
- Morgan Village Cabin 2 nights – $90 // $115
- Morgan Village Cabin 1 night – $65 // $90
- Friday Only Commuter – $55 // $90
Hotel Room space is limited and is offered on a first come first serve bases so register today!
RETREAT SCHEDULE COMING SOON!
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 29th and run through the morning of Sunday, October 2nd. 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.
DAY INTENSIVE OPTIONS
1) Lutheran Theology with Dr. Hans Wiersma
What we believe matters. It matters because what we believe shapes who we are and what we do. What we think about God, Jesus, creation, humanity, history, our neighbors, and ourselves, influences how we live our lives — for good and and for ill. With North American culture presently experiencing the rise of the “non-religious,” it is all the more critical to raise up leaders who can think theologically and discern what God is up to in the cross and resurrection of Jesus. This workshop will give a thorough overview of the “Lutheran theological tradition” — including what sets it apart from other Christian traditions. More than that, this workshop will equip leaders to speak, live, and embody the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Hans Wiersma has been a full-time member of the Augsburg College Religion department since 2004. He teaches courses with titles like The Life and Work of the Church, Religion at the Movies, Ministry and Media, The Lutheran Heritage, and Theology of Marriage and Family. Formerly a parish pastor, he has served congregations in Minnesota, California, and The Netherlands — each time with an emphasis in youth and family ministry. He has a PhD in Church History has collaborated on a number of publication, including Luther the Reformer: The Story of the Man and His Career, 2nd Edition; The Lutheran Handbook I and II; Crazy Talk: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Theological Terms; Crazy Book: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Biblical Terms; and the upcoming Crazy Folk: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Church History.
2) Confirmation Project with Jacob Sorenson
Confirmation training has a long history in the Christian church that brings both positive and negative consequences. The Confirmation Project seeks to learn the extent to which confirmation and equivalent practices in five Protestant denominations in North America are effective for strengthening discipleship in youth. It seeks to provide Christian leaders with examples of good practice and with strategies that are effective in helping young Christians grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. This workshop will examine the findings to date about confirmation practices in these five denominations, with particular attention to the ELCA findings. We will focus in on specific, concrete examples. Participants will have the opportunity to consider confirmation in their particular contexts with other ELCA congregational leaders passionate about rethinking confirmation ministry.
Jacob Sorenson works with Christian camps and congregations as a researcher, consultant and educator. He has a PhD from Luther Seminary and MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has over fifteen years of experience as a youth minister and camp minister. He loves spending time with his amazing wife Anna (a Lutheran pastor) and their two boys Elijah and Nathanael. He also enjoys gardening, running, singing around a campfire, and most outdoor recreational activities.
The retreat booklet will be posted during the 2016 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.