To people who don’t go to church often, a Christian camp retreat might sound a bit cultish, but to anyone who’s been, it’s a powerful experience. Companies, wellness centers, and fraternities have “retreats” pretty often, but they’re usually a long day spent in a hotel conference room. These events tend to be productive gatherings to create business plans and learn new procedures, but they’re not restful or relaxing as the word retreat traditionally means. All that changes, however, with a Christian camp retreat. Not only does the respite from a big city force relaxation, these weekends can be as productive as any business event. But instead of learning new sales techniques, attendees learn about God.
A retreat should energize the people who go to it, which doesn’t mean giving them a long weekend to sleep in. A Christian camp retreat is often full of friends and acquaintances that will become friends by the end of the weekend. This conversation and fellowship makes for short nights, but somehow people still leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. The Spirit of God works powerfully beyond the distractions of everyday life, and a community of believers supports and strengthens even weary souls.
Those feeling especially exhausted with work, life, and familial responsibilities often come away from Christian retreats ready and excited to face the world. These weekends of isolation help establish perspective. Even people who considered their faith lacking can return from retreats strengthened and supported by God. It does sound cultish to some people, but a Christian camp retreat is really a personal, energizing experience that many others have come to rely on.