“I don’t want to hear it, just find a way!”, was something I may have heard from my parents quite often while growing up. Excuses were never accepted as a means of getting out of doing something important or ignoring responsibilities. So let’s apply that to the decision process of registering for the next retreat or conference your church or a friend’s church may be planning. Just think of all the excuses we could come up with to avoid the commitment to attend a retreat:
I don’t have the time.
It’s too expensive for my budget.
I don’t feel like hanging out with people I barely know.
Last week I had the opportunity to share about the ways a well-designed retreat can build the relationships within a church. However, there’s another obvious and possibly more important way that retreats build the church; by creating space for individuals to grow in their personal relationship with God.
Most people live in a perpetual state of busyness. Our lives are a maelstrom of tasks, to-do lists, responsibilities, and expectations. If you’re like me, by the time you hit the co... Continue Reading
There are certain laws of physics that only apply when you are in a canoe. How else can you explain being upright and dry and then moments later with seemingly no explanation be upside down in freezing cold water?
I was introduced to canoe physics on the St. Francis River in southeast Missouri while on a float trip with the college group from my church. I was relatively experienced with an oar in m... Continue Reading
A retreat is a great way to build relationships, enhance your faith, and create an environment for you to meet others. When a group is not acquainted with one another, the overall retreat experience can fall short of expectations. Breaking members out of their comfort zone and making new people feel welcome is not something everyone finds easy. Ice breakers and games are great for relaxing your group and creating an environment where the members can learn about one another in a fun and entertaining way. Unfortunately, adult groups can be more hesitant when they hear the word “games”. Just remember, it doesn’t have to be high energy to be fun. Some are designed to get your group mingling and connecting (and having fun at the same time). Here’s a few to get you started:
Finish the Sentence
This simple game is one that everyone will feel comfortable playing. Each member of the group will introduce themselves and finish a sentence you have prepared... Continue Reading