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This retreat will first and foremost clearly articulate the Gospel to freshmen and that it is the firm foundation of all the ministry we do. Our hope is that it would be their foundation as well. It will emphasize inward growth, in order to encourage our brothers and sisters to become true disciples of Christ. We pray that this retreat will be instrumental in helping these freshmen be firmly rooted in the Word of God and unwavering in their biblical convictions.By partnering with Christ-centered, Bible-teaching churches and campus ministries, this retreat will give freshmen their first taste of all that’s out there, so that when they move in for the fall semester, they can quickly “plug in” to a church and get involved in the ministries that suit them. They will have the opportunity to build relationships with people from different churches and organizations, giving them a personal way to seek a community that matches their beliefs, passions and convictions as churches unify to get every student connected in a meaningful way somewhere. One key part of this is instilling in them the mindset of seeing their campus as their mission field, and to see God’s individual calling for their ministry during their time in college. They will be equipped to serve, to love, and to share the gospel boldly with their friends and classmates. Together with the body of Christ, they can pray and seek for the name of Jesus to be magnified on their campus. We are looking for students who are bought into this vision and want to be a part of these things becoming true of their school through a position on leadership, as a counselor, or on support staff.

Counselor Role

At the retreat freshmen will get to hear from local ministers and learn about churches and ministries in the area, and they will be in small “family groups” led by upperclassmen who are walking with Christ and faithfully involved in churches and local ministries at their campus. As a counselor you will have the opportunity to co-lead one of these small groups at the retreat and continue following up with your group throughout the following school year. The goal is to engage with freshmen where they are at while helping them understand their identity in Christ through the gospel, and how that can impact not only their next four years, but the rest of their life. Their counselors will come alongside them and spur them toward greater love, worship, prayer, and spiritual discipline as they draw nearer to the Lord. Our counselors desire is to walk alongside, encouraging and spurring on these freshmen in whatever way they need for the course of their freshman year and beyond.

 

 

Support Staff Role

Support Staff is a vital part of seeing this retreat run smoothly and provide an enjoyable experience for staff and freshmen! They have eyes to see how to serve and work behind the scenes so that those attending will experience a welcoming and fun environment. 

 

 

Leadership Roles

The leadership team for the retreat leads in cultivating a staff of counselors and support members as well as finalizing the logistics and details that make the retreat come together. The different roles on the team work on various aspects of the retreat to allow for a welcoming and inclusive community to welcome incoming freshmen into. This team works with the vision of helping freshmen start off college by being firmly rooted in Christ, connected to Christ-centered community, being able to learn from others who have gone before them and lived for Christ in college, and sending them to their campus as missionaries and not just consumers.


 

  • Directors | Leading all other positions in fulfilling their roles and preparing for the retreat

  • Head of Prayer | Leading out in making sure this incoming freshman class is the most prayed over yet

  • Counselor Trainers | Oversee counselor selection and counselor preparation for the retreat

  • Head of Logistics | In charge of ministry relations, retreat expansion and behind the scenes operations

  • Head of Main Sessions | Overseeing set up of room and worship preparations for all main sessions

  • Head of Hospitality | Honoring the freshmen by setting up spaces for them to feel comfortable and to connect 

  • Head of Public Relations | Overseeing all publicity and communication

  • Head of Finance and Fundraising | Overseeing all fundraising for the retreat (Fundraisers, Counselor Support Raising, Benefit Night, etc.) & budget

  • Head of Registration | Overseeing the registration of all freshmen and counselors

  • Head of Operations | Overseeing support staff (behind the scenes team) and all necessary set up at the retreat and fundraisers