Students, you are invited to participate in a fall retreat like no other. College ministries throughout the Heartland and Midwest will be joining together for a weekend of faith-building fellowship and fun the weekend of October 23-25.
The theme of the retreat is “Tested” taken from Luke 4.1-2 when Jesus is led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tested for 40 days and 40 nights. As we know, our society is going through a historic time of testing. The goal of this event is to strengthen our unity and faith in order that we may encourage one another and glorify God.
This will be a digital conference to connect with students from many campuses. We will be using a unique platform called Hopin.
This will be a hybrid event. You will have the option to join some select sites in person using C-19 guidelines for gatherings depending on the state.
Plan to check-in online starting 5:00 p. m. CST on Friday, October 23, 2020.
The cost is $30.
Register online by Sunday, October 18.
Schedule also available as a PDF download.
Friday October 23, 2020 (All times are CDT)
- 5:00PM Check-in open
- 7:30PM “Led by the Spirit” AT Arneson
- 8:45PM Speed Fellowship/Open Hang out/Game Rooms open
Saturday October 24, 2020
- 9:00AM Prayer virtual rooms and at sites
- 9:30AM Worship
- 9:45AM Begin Morning Session
- 10:00AM “Full of the Spirit” Ed Anton
- 11:30AM Breakout Classes
- Chris Zillman – The Soup is poisoned
- Michael Burns – Allegiance
- Marci Arneson – Women’s Class, Tested by the Unexpected, When God works different than we would
- 12:30PM Lunch hang out rooms open
- 2:00PM-5:00PM Photo Scavenger Hunt / Site activity time
- 5:00PM-6:00PM Dinner Hang out Rooms Open
- 7:00PM Panel Discussions
- “I’m New to this”
Panelist: Tori Hood, Lee Harvener, Kelly Hawkins, Kyle Perkins, Lindsay Marko
- “I’m might be interested in spiritual leadership”
Panelists: Willie and Katie O’Quinn, Perri Smith, Tanner and Jessica Versage
- “I’m ready to transition out of college”
Panelists: Rani Singh, Daniel Bumpus, Steven Bumpus, Tatiana Reinbrecht
- “I’m New to this”
- 8:00PM Speed Fellowship/Open Hang out/Game Rooms open
Sunday October 25, 2020
- 10:00AM Worship
Communion – Rane Libeer and Deanna Dougherty
“Powered by the Spirit” Ameer Burton, LA Church of Christ Campus Ministry
Led by The Spirit – AT Arneson, Lead Evangelist, Chicago Church of Christ
Luke 4.2 Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for 40 days he was tempted by the devil. We each endure our own tests just as Jesus did. Issues of identity and how we view ourselves and the world as followers of Jesus.
Full of the Spirit – Ed Anton, Minister, Teacher, Hampton Roads Church of Christ
Luke 4.1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. To endure testing takes more than pushing through relying on our own strength to walk with God faithfully. It requires a deep dependence on God. A strong personal walk with God dependent on the Holy Spirit is the greatest resource anyone can have to stand up to the tests of our faith.
Powered by the Spirit – Ameer Burton, Minister, LA Church of Christ
Luke 4.14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. Just as Jesus emerged from his time of testing stronger and empowered this Sunday lesson will focus on our own ability to emerge from this weekend stronger and empowered to share with others the amazing gospel story.
Poisoned Soup – Chris Zillman, Lead Evangelist, Denver Church of Christ
John 8.1-11 What happens when those wishing to trap Jesus bring a violator before him. The story of the woman caught in adultery sheds a great light on how our modern culture has little patience for a story like this. The world is filled with so much poison and mostly their answer is to rage at the bowl. How does living a repentant life help us refrain from responding to the poison we see and bear up under the weight of outrage in the world.
Allegiance – Michael Burns, Teacher, Minneapolis Church of Christ
The principle of being a kingdom people and how the world challenges our allegiance to the kingdom and to God. How to process the political and racial tensions in our world as a disciple of Jesus. The power of the church as an alternative society to what we see in the world where swords have been beaten into plowshares and Jesus is the only king to whom we swear complete allegiance.
Tested by the Unexpected (Women’s Class) – Marci Arneson, Women’s Ministry Leader, Chicago Church of Christ
Luke 24 The Emmaus Road. Jesus displays amazing patience, and a simple walk turns into deep learning. When God works different than we would, how does that pose a challenge to our ability to be non-anxious and to trust in his ways rather than our ways. The special challenges women face during difficult times to remain faithful. God just may be at work in your mundane moments.
I’m New Here
This panel is to address those that are either new to campus and campus ministry or new to church life and discipleship. New is the key term here, it is a time to learn from people who can help with adjusting to campus life as a disciple.
I’m Thinking About Spiritual Leadership
This is to help those that are currently leading or giving consideration to get involved in spiritual leadership. This panel is to inspire you and prepare you for getting more involved and understand the joys and difficulties of spiritual leadership
I’m Ready to Graduate Soon
This panel is directed mainly at Juniors, Seniors and Grad Students who may be making the transition to post college life soon. This discussion is to prepare you for your next step and how to do that with spiritual principles in mind.