How to Plan 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. Time and again different Christian communities take time and plan for the retreats for their Christian groups to nourish their spiritual needs. 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. Start by determining the group’s profile. Determine whether the majority are married people or they are single. Consider the age group of the majority of the members. That helps you to know what kind of people you are dealing with and what could be their common interests. Once you understand the group, you will know what to include in their activities.
The other thing you need to put into consideration is the venue. The venue will be determined by the activities for 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. If the group will be spending, you will need to think of accommodation as well as food.
Time is an important factor for any retreat planning. It is upon the planner to know how long the retreat will take. Some groups may need to have just one day while others may need several days. The timing will be in accordance with the group in question. You will need to plan for the time to assemble, time to leave and time to come back. You cannot leave out transportation especially if the group is going far.
At the same time you need to determine the objectives of the retreat. Some retreats are geared towards emotional healing. What the group wants to achieve will determine how the set up will be. Depending on the need, or what the team is focusing on, you will need to plan accordingly. You may need to plan for speakers to equip the group on certain skills or abilities to deal with certain situations. Some retreats may be aimed at making the group more cohesive by playing together and mingling as well as relaxing together. For successful planning it is important to understand the group and their needs as well.