Choosing Event Curriculum

A few years ago we featured a post on curriculum you could purchase to use at your retreat. While some churches and organizations may be blessed with writers and time to prepare their own curriculum, there are also plenty of options available for those who do not.

Keith Feather, Regional Church Partner of North Carolina and Virginia with LifeWay Christian Resources, provided me with an updated list of current options available that would be great for implementing into a weekend retreat.

Note: Most of these studies are designed for small group studies. However, the teachings could easily translate over into small group sessions and large group sessions during a weekend retreat. You may not use all of the material, but this could be a jumpstart for further study when returning from your retreat.

General Spiritual Retreats:

  • These curriculum lines are ongoing but could be used for a weekend retreat:
    • Explore the Bible:  Studies for groups who want to focus on one particular book of the Bible and study verses in their full context.
    • The Gospel Project:  Studies for groups who want to examine how the story of Jesus and His gospel is woven into all of Scripture.
    • Bible Studies for Life:  Studies for groups who are curious about how Biblical truth intersects with everyday life.
    • At smallgroup.comyou can create customized lessons based on your topic or specific passage of scripture. There are series available and some include streaming video.
    • YOUis a curriculum line specifically written for the urban and multicultural church.

Marriage/Parenting:

  • Seven Rings of Marriage is an eight-session study that helps guide couples through various stages of marriage, specifically using “rings” as a point of reference.
  • The Art of Marriage is a six-session study looking at making a masterpiece out of your marriage.
  • The 5 Love Languages is a study based on the best-selling book by the same title. This revised edition provides a short, two-session setting for weekend retreats in addition to a longer session study.
  • Christ Centered Parenting is a six-session study focused on equipping parents to address topics facing children of all ages.

Women/Girls:

  • Woven is a five-session Bible study for teen girls focusing on unity and addressing the importance of harmony within a student group and Christian believers of all ages.
  • Finding I Amby Lisa Terkheurst is a six-session study with video sessions exploring the I AM statements in the Gospel of John.
  • Missional Motherhood is a six-session study for women who desire to understand God’s greater purpose for them in their roles as mothers.
  • Open Your Bible is a seven-session study designed to give you a deeper understanding and desire for God’s Word.

Men:

  • Kingdom Man: In this study, Tony Evans challenges men to understand their position under God, as well as their position over what God has given them.
  • 33 Series: This DVD-based series is designed to equip men to pursue authentic manhood as modeled by Jesus in the 33 years He lived on earth. There are six studies within this series.
  • Manhood Restored: This series centers on gospel-centered manhood and includes video downloads and study guides.

Other Ideas:  

These lists are by no means exhaustive, but they will hopefully help you in your search for your retreat curriculum. There are many options available that can easily be altered to fit your retreat schedule and needs.  Many of these studies have online samples you can preview before purchasing.

A big thanks to Keith Feather for sharing such a wide range of Bible study options LifeWay Stores offer both in-store and online (lifeway.com).

 

 

 

Weekend Spiritual Retreat Curriculum Ideas

One of the foundational elements in planning a weekend spiritual retreat is the curriculum you will study during large and small group times.  For many, this can seem like an overwhelming task.  Do you write it yourself?  Are there materials out there?  Where do you find them?  You may have the luxury of a skilled curriculum writer who can produce material for your retreat.  You may bring in a speaker who provides his/her own material for both large and small group times.  If you don’t have either of these, there are a number of pre-written curriculum studies you can purchase for your retreat.

I recently spoke with Aaron Wilson, LifeWay Retail Church Representative, based out of Charlotte, NC.  He offered great resource suggestions for a variety of retreats.

For General Spiritual Retreats:

  • Explore the Bible:  Studies for groups who want to focus on one particular book of the Bible and study verses in their full context.
  • The Gospel Project:  Studies for groups who want to examine how the story of Jesus and His gospel is woven into all of Scripture.
  • Bible Studies for Life:  Studies for groups who are curious about how Biblical truth intersects with everyday life.

For Women:

For Men:

  • 33 Series: DVD-based series designed to equip men to pursue authentic manhood as modeled by Jesus in the 33 years He lived on earth.  There are six studies within this series.

For Couples:

  • Fireproof Your Marriage:  Study builds off themes presented in the movie, Fireproof (a great movie to show at the beginning or end of the retreat!).
  • The Art of Marriage:  DVD-based study geared toward making your marriage a masterpiece.
  • The Five Love Languages Study:  Study based off the best selling book by the same title. This revised edition provides a short, 2-session setting for weekend retreats in addition to a longer session study.

Choosing a study for your retreat doesn’t have to be a daunting task.  There are many options available that can easily be altered to fit your retreat schedule and needs.  Many of these studies have online samples you can preview before purchasing.

A big thanks to Aaron Wilson for sharing such a wide range of Bible study options LifeWay Stores offer both in-store and online (lifeway.com).