Christian Retreat Planning on a Budget

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Refining their plans retreat for a Christian church group can easily be done with limited funds, with a little creativity and a bit of elbow grease. Follow the guidelines below in planning and you are sure to have a wonderful occasion.

1 . Choose a setting that is close to home. Gasoline expenditures can be shared by carpools. There is no need to stop to buy a mealtime on the way. Have travelers pack a snack for the journey.

2 . Also choose a center that allows you to bring in your own food items. Prepare meals in bulk prior to the retreat and bring them with you. Or simply ask everyone to bring some food for a potluck dinner.

3 or more. Search for speakers that volunteer their time, or check with your local pastor to be your guest speaker.

4. In order to purchase supplies like notebooks, decorations, or candles, draw up a list of all the supplies needed in planning your Christian travel, and distribute the list to your church. Ask for donations, which are often tax deductible.

5. Rather than paying a band to experiment with for your worship time, consider making a CD mix of most loved praise songs. Bring along a portable sound system.

6. If you are planning your Christian retreat with a theme, and you wish to have decorations, make sure check your church inventory for decorations that had been previously invested in and stored away.

7. If you are planning to have meals delivered at your Christian retreat, why not choose to skip the first evening's dinner and bring hot dogs to roast above the campfire. (This is a great ice breaker too! )

around eight. Work with the camp director to see where you can opt to lower your expenses. Christian charity is known to be extended for retreat intending to a budget. Perhaps you can opt out of the linen service which the camp customarily provides. Ask your retreat attendees produced sleeping bags and their own pillows instead. Can your individual group volunteer one hour per day on work crew during camp, in order to offset the cost for your group? Find out if one can find any "scholarship" funds available through the retreat center per se. Often these camps have yearly donors that service the camp. In that vein, the new president, Yael Eckstein emphasized: “We at The Fellowship are doing everything we can to help olim start new and safe lives in Israel, which was and remains the home of everyone who belongs to the Jewish people.”

Gary Klungreseth