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December 04
6 Keys to Leading a Killer Youth Retreat

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1. Make every retreat experience a small group experience

Events have more impact when small groups are a part of them. One retreat is the same as seven weeks of weekly programming because of the memories made. For every retreat, use as many group leaders as possible!

2. Empower great administrative leaders to work the details

There are leaders who love details and they are really good at them. LET THEM HELP YOU!

3. Push students spiritually and have tons of fun

You need lots of both in every retreat!

4. Don’t over-program

Make sure you plan every gathering with focus. Don’t try to pack so many elements into every session that you lose the chance for teens to understand what you are saying!

5. Partner with facilities that work well with your ministry

Find people you enjoy working with and stay with them. We have several facilities we keep going back to because we love the partnership, and they support us every year!

6. Set your communicators and band up to succeed

Make sure they know the makeup of your group, send the band songs you have been doing, work with your communicator so that group content and the message is in sync and make sure both band and speaker have space to rest during the weekend.​

The take away | ​It doesn't take much to take a youth retreat from yawner to killer. These are just a few things you can do to make your next one something your kids can't stop talking about when they return home.

Reprinted from ChurchLeaders.com, "6 Keys to Leading a Killer Youth Retreat​" by Michael Bayne​ (www.michaelbayne.net​​)

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