Enjoy a weekend of Fellowship, Evangelism and Training on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Come take advantage of this opportunity to spend quality time with RC leaders in a beautiful place, both relaxing and doing the work of an apologist/evangelist. This retreat is being held in conjunction with the last few days of the Ratio Christi Leadership Orientation, in Traverse City, Michigan. You can join in on the training times (see below for details), evangelism and recreational outings; and experience the encouragement, inspiration and motivation that comes from being with like-minded ministry leaders.
Open to all Ratio Christi Staff – come for a day or two, up to 4! Make the retreat really what you want by tailoring your experience to meet your needs and the needs of your family if you bring them along for an affordable vacation. RC Students, partners and friends of Ratio Christi are welcome to join us Saturday and Sunday.
See details at the registration site.
If you want to attend the entire 5 day event (for RC Staff Only), visit this page.
Bring Your Family for a get-away in a top vacation spot!
Come early or stay late with your family and enjoy the beautiful vacation area of Traverse City, Michigan. Traverse City, on the shores of Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay, is one of the most beautiful and enjoyable places to be this time of year. A glorious location for those living for God’s glory!
Wanting to provide you an affordable experience, we are grateful to partner with Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) who has offered us the use of their facilities at an incredible discount. Hotels are typically $200+ per night this time of year but we are paying a small fraction of that at NMC. So, the $50 per room per night for this retreat is a real bargain at this time of year! And it’s just $25 if you share a room!! However, please keep your expectations low. The rooms are very simple dorm rooms. Think of this as camping! For instance, you will need to pack your own sheets, blanket (or sleeping bag), pillow and towels. You can stay off campus if you wish (there are local state parks for real camping or you might be able to talk the Feigers into hammocking in their back yard – it’s been done before :), but you will need to make your own arrangements.
The Feigers loved staying on the Northwestern Michigan College campus with their family while on a summer project but discovered that it isn't for everyone. So, know that we'll do our best to make sure you feel welcome, comfortable and have fun!
We are staying at the dorms at Northwestern Michigan College. See Campus Map.
Classes will be held in the basement of East Hall.
When you arrive Saturday you will join us for a catered lunch in the basement of East Hall. After lunch we will have training for Evangelism, followed by conversational evangelism with tourist and townies in Traverse City (we will pair up and interview people downtown). Later, we will share a meal (on Ratio Christi) and discuss what happened as we shared our faith.
Sunday you are on your own until 1 pm, when we will head out to the Platte River for Canoeing, or to the Lake Michigan Beach at the mouth of the Platte River. At 5:30 we will gather for a picnic dinner. After dinner we will head back to the beach for a devotional as the sun sets into the lake.
If you choose to stay, you are welcome (but not required) to attend the courses offered at the RC Leadership Orientation on Monday. These include Handling Conflict and an ADF Campus Legal Briefing in the morning, and Ministry Partnership Development Training in the afternoon (always a good idea to brush up on this aspect of ministry life – as well as
commiserate motivate ourselves and others!) We will have another picnic outing Monday night if the weather is nice.
If you choose to stay until Tuesday morning, you may join the group for breakfast at the Feigers, which is very close to campus.
Activities for Your Family or Extended Stay (Conference attendees' time is mostly scheduled)
- Sailing (http://www.nauti-cat.com/) - $35/person
- Cherry Picking (10 min drive) varying prices per pound
- Bookstore with Coffee Shop (5 min drive)
- Zip Line (5 min drive) $9.60/person
- Go Carts (5 min drive) $6.40/person
- Beach (5 min drive) free
- Canoeing & Kayaking
- Location Name:
- Northwestern Michigan College
Traverse City, Michigan 49686
- East Hall
- Admission Details:
- For existing and new RC leaders. RC Students, partners and friends of Ratio Christi are welcome to join us Saturday and Sunday. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- For More Info:
- Related Organizations:
- Ratio Christi