September 20th-21st 2019
Every year as youth ministries kick-off their fall youth programs across the ECD our youth leadership network plans a weekend retreat for high school students at Joy Bible Camp. The purpose of these annual fall retreats is to help ECD youth ministries and students start the year off by equipping, encouraging, and engaging them in community together as we focus on Jesus and the year ahead. We also try to make things fun so that our students leave feeling not only challenged in their faith, but refreshed and encouraged as they head back home to their busy schedules. This year we saw seven churches join us and we had over one hundred students!
There is always a theme for these retreats and this year we were so thankful to have Mike Gordon as our speaker. Mike challenged us think about the question “What is Truth?” As he unpacked this throughout the weekend he really challenged us to keep asking life’s questions and to pursue the answers in who Jesus is and all that he has done for us through the cross.
These weekends are a really great springboard into the ministry season. We are very intentional about creating space for students to connect and develop stronger relationships with their leaders and friends. Through our times together in worship, hearing God’s Word, and enjoying life together we really see the hand of God at work in all our groups as He helps bring unity and deeper growth as we walk together with Jesus.