Well, VBS finished up last Thursday, and I was on a retreat with our youth this week from Tuesday until today. The theme was “spiritual disciplines” finishing off what was a yearlong look at spiritual disciplines. There wasn’t a whole lot of teaching. Instead, I had them do intentional exercises (via scheduling and a workbook I made up). Then in the evening we sort of reflected about the experiences around the campfire. I think this was a good method to use. I got some good feedback from those that went. I might use a similar rhythm and format for subsequent retreats.
Matt Cleaver has written since 2004 on youth ministry, theology, and the church. His blog was ranked by Youth Specialties as a Top 20 Youth Ministry Blog. Click here for Matt's list of the Best Youth Ministry Books.