The Senior Youth Department recently hosted two highly impactful spiritual retreats for boys and girls over the weekends of April 21-23 and April 29-30, 2023. The retreats were characterized by warm fellowship, in-depth Bible study sessions, uplifting worship, and life-changing baptisms, leaving an indelible mark on the participants.
The girls' retreat, aptly themed "Dear Beloved," was graced by speaker Erica Jones, the Assistant Director of Women’s Ministries for the North American Division. The retreat focused on understanding and embracing God's love, experiencing healing, and cultivating confidence in God. Under the expert guidance of coordinator Kendra Miranda, the weekend was skillfully organized, providing young women with a much-needed opportunity to delve deeper into their spiritual journey. The retreat was also filled with fun activities such as bonfires, hiking, and group games, which allowed the girls to connect with one another in a relaxed and supportive environment.
On the other hand, the boys' retreat, titled "Waking the Warrior," presented various exciting activities, including rattlesnake handling, jousting, and a reenactment of the legendary "300" battle. The young adult staff led heartfelt worship sessions, ensuring that this retreat would remain an unforgettable experience for all who attended. The retreat also included opportunities for the boys to explore the natural surroundings, engage in group discussions, and participate in service projects.
The retreats had three core objectives that drove them forward. First, to draw teens closer to Jesus and help them discover the abundant life available in Him. Second, to foster young adult discipleship by encouraging leadership and support roles within the events. And third, to continually evolve and innovate in ministry approaches, ensuring that young people's spiritual needs are met in today's world.
Youth and young adult ministry have become more vital than ever in today's world. By creating the right environment and offering transformative experiences, we can enable our young people to thrive and grow in their faith. These retreats highlight the importance of youth ministry and the significant impact it can have on the next generation's spiritual growth.
As we reflect on the impact of these retreats, we are filled with hope and anticipation for the continued spiritual development of the next generation. The events offered an opportunity for young people to connect with God and each other in a unique and meaningful way, leaving a lasting impression that will undoubtedly shape their lives for years to come.