Now that you’ve considered the six essential building blocks and have established a foundation, it’s time to start forming the structure of your retreat.
With an endeavor such as this, it is highly recommended that you solicit the help of other interested parties who share your passion for presenting a meaningful and memorable event. At some point during the initial stages of formulating your vision, you will want to consider putting together a team. If you haven’t already reached out, it’s time to enlist others who are willing and capable of providing support in carrying out the vision. If no one else is available or interested, you may want to “go it alone”, but your job will be much more difficult if you try to do everything yourself without backup.
While you’re gathering volunteers who will join together to plan and lead, consider the various tasks ahead and look for team members who display the skills needed for fulfilling these roles.
- Chairperson: Having an overall administrator will ensure that all individual elements of the retreat are satisfactorily handled and that no detail is left out.
- Publicist: Marketing your event appropriately means that materials are created, printed and distributed to all prospective participants in a timely manner.
- Worship leader: As previously mentioned, here at Mt. Chestnut Nazarene Retreat Center, most of the gatherings we host have a spiritual focus. Having someone to plan and execute this important aspect of a retreat is essential to its overall success.
- Activities director: As the daily schedule of activities is developed, this team member will handle the details of each endeavor to be sure that locations, materials, equipment and times are successfully coordinated.
When the list of volunteers is compiled and the various roles are identified, your team will be ready to begin the detailed organization that will bring your retreat to life.