Lessons from Debbie for Retreat Leaders
Insights from Leading Women’s Retreats
Planning a retreat is hard work. There’s no two ways about it; you’ve got a tall task as a retreat leader. It involves millions of details (or so it seems), requires being both a bit of a visionary and a bit of details person, takes coordinating lots of people, and requires lots of long hours before the retreat and even more during.
And if you’re a retreat leader, odds are this isn’t your full-time job. So where can you turn to learn how to more effectively lead a getaway (besides good o’l trial by fire)? Wouldn’t it be great if you could learn from the wisdom of those retreat planners who have been at this for years (or even decades)?
Well now you can! We’ve launched The Retreat Leader’s Podcast to solve this very problem. Each month, we interview a different veteran retreat planner for their tips, tricks, and wisdom so you don’t have to learn it the hard way. In this month’s two part series, we hear from Debbie who has led a large women’s retreat with Bridge Bible Church for close to a decade.
You’ll hear her wisdom about how to handle the following questions you’ll likely face as a retreat leader:
- How do you select a retreat center? How far should you be willing to travel?
- What can you do to create a spiritually rich environment where God shows up?
- How do you discern/choose a theme?
- What can you do to strike a balance between focusing on the details and not being overwhelmed?
- How do I know how many attendees to plan for?
- When should I begin planning for the next retreat?
- How do I get enough people to sign up? What are the best ways (and times) to promote my retreat?
- How do I prepare for problems that will arise?
- How can I have the right perspective (and actually have fun) during the retreat?
Get the answer to these questions and more by jumping into the episodes below (or on your favorite podcast provider like iTunes)!