This weekend, Thrive’s student ministry went on their first weekend retreat. Woo Hoo!

We took a group of 23 students to SpringHill Camp.

I couldn’t be more excited.

I mean, I am VERY excited! 

Just as I type that…I think about how life changing retreats have been in my life, and my eyes fill with tears.

I have been praying so hard for this retreat. I have been praying for students to have an unbelievable amount of fun. I have been praying for students to meet new friends. I have been praying for students to deepen their faith. I have been praying for students to meet Jesus.

I so wanted to spend the entire weekend with our students and leaders. A few reasons for that.

First…It was our first retreat! That’s just exciting!

Second…I believe in retreats as catalytic life changing moments.

Third…I was a youth pastor for 15 years.

2 Reasons why Pastors should hang out at retreats

Being at the retreat got me thinking, shouldn’t this be a regular occurrence for me. I mean, our students are a vital part of our church and I don’t ever want to be in a place where I have lost touch with them.

So, here are 3 reasons why I will always make it a priority to be a part of their retreats…somehow…

1. Our students matter. They are terribly important to the culture, community and dna of our church. Even a few hours of talking, laughing and listening is a huge investment.

2. Our adult leaders matter. The adults who invest into the lives of students deserve to be thanked, listened too and loved on.

That’s enough for me. At least once a year, as the Pastor of Thrive Church, I will hang out at retreats with Thrive’s students and adults.

3. Our

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