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Tips on Planning a Successful Christian Group Retreat

A Christian retreat can be defined as a situation where an individual withdraws from the daily activities of life to spend time with God as a way of renewing their relationship with the maker. Once in a while Christian communities plan retreats where groups can go together and spent time nourishing their spiritual health. The members expect the planner to have everything in place before the day. You need to know whether the retreat is for a day or for many days.

As you plan your Christian group retreat; you need to consider some factors. You should begin by thinking about the group’s profile. Find out if the majority are single or married people. Consider the age group of the majority of the members. Determining the profile helps you to understand the group and be able to tell what their common interests could be. Planning will be made easy once you understand the people as you will know what to include in the activities.

The other thing that is paramount in the planning is the venue. Choosing the venue will be guided by what will be taking place at the retreat. It will important to know whether there will be a speaker or everyone will do their own private sessions. that will help you to know whether you need a venue with a lecture hall or one with several small rooms. In order to plan well you have to know whether the group will be spending the night at the venue or they will be going home. When they are spending you need to think about the boarding facilities and food as well.

In order to have successful planning you have to think about time. It is upon the planner to know how long the retreat will take. Some groups may need several days while others may be ok with just one day. The timing will be done according to the demands of the group involved. You will need to plan for the time to assemble, time to leave and time to come back. If the event is taking place away from their usual meeting place, you have to plan for transportation.

At the same time you need to determine the objectives of the retreat. There are those who will want a retreat for emotional healing. The setting of the retreat should be based on the needs of the group. The plan should be based on the need of the group or the main focus and the reason for the retreat. There are times it may be necessary to equip the team with certain knowledge and understanding on how to handle certain matters. Other times the group may just be out to mingle and play games together to release some steam. In order for the planning to be successful, you need to understand the needs of each group.

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