Friday, March 16, 2007

    No More Retreats?

    Here is an interesting essay at Youth Ministry Exchange on ending one of the sacred cows of youth ministry: retreats. As I prepare to take my youth on a retreat in a few weeks, I find the writer's observations very interesting:

    Obviously, kissing retreats goodbye meant more than just burying a tradition. It also challenged us to adjust our philosophy of ministry.We had banked on those concentrated times of group dynamic and biblical content development. Without them, we had to find new ways to integrate those components into our everyday ministry. Instead of reading this as “something we couldn’t live without” we decided this was an opportunity to adjust our ministry philosophy to the culture we lived in.