Before the first chapter of Mark is finished, Jesus takes a retreat to pray. Occasionally, we just need to get away as a church and reconnect to the Lord and each other. This weekend is our chance.
Whenever I have a retreat, I’m usually just grateful to get there. By the time I arrive, I’m ready to just crash. But a churchwide retreat, in the city, with a couple hundred of your closest friends, how do you prepare?
Let me make a few suggestions….
- Plan to break. Finish work early on Friday if you can. Go home. Change clothes. Pretend you’re packing for a getaway—without the luggage.
- Unplug. Turn your phone on airplane mode while you’re in the building. Tell your friends who normally call you that you’re unavailable.
- Meet. Prepare to meet new people. Sit at a different table with strangers. Get to know someone who doesn’t attend your Bible study.
- Learn. We will throw a lot of information at you, some new, some review. No one here is an expert. We want to learn from each other
- Pack. Make sure you have your Bible and a notebook with you. All of the topics are based on biblical stories that we can live out today in Tallahassee.
- Celebrate. This is a time to enjoy, have fun, and leave full. The food is going to be delicious too.
- Pray. Talk to God about where you are, pray for your city, open your eyes and ears to the movement of the spirit.
- Thank. The staff and volunteers have worked hard on this project. Please be sure to let them know it.