Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

 Mark 6:31

All Church Retreat | Sept. 28-30, 2018

Registration ends August 28. Spots will fill quickly so register today!

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When does the retreat start and end?  Check-in is 5:30-8:00 pm on Friday.  The first session begins at 8:00 pm.  The retreat ends Sunday morning at 11:45 am.

What meals are included?  There are four meals provided: breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday morning.  Plus, there is an awesome snack table available for grazing all weekend long.

What are the rooms like?  We’ll be staying in Assembly Inn at Montreat Conference Center (  Assembly Inn was renovated 3 years ago.  The rooms are quite nice and include linens, hot showers, central air, and windows that open to let in the fresh Mountain air.  Air mattresses and small cribs are also available upon request.

What’s the retreat like for parents with small children?  Children love Montreat (we aren’t exaggerating)!  But what about their parents?  While it is extra work to pack all your kid’s belongings to go on the retreat, the retreat team and the children’s ministry staff work hard to make sure that this is an enjoyable retreat for YOU too.  During all the large group sessions and the breakout sessions, there is meaningful programming and care for children of all ages, even infants.  At night, there are hall sitters on duty until 11pm, so you can tuck in your little ones and enjoy the company of adults while they sleep peacefully under the watchful eyes of our sitters.  Best of all, we take our own childcare workers with us, who already know your children from Sundays at home.

What’s the retreat like for people who aren’t parents?  There is a reason why we call this the “all church retreat,” and not the “family retreat.”  This retreat is for the whole family of God – people who are parents, those who are single, those who consider themselves young adults, and those who were young adults decades ago.  This is truly an intergenerational event.  Our time together will be enriched because we are different from each other, and yet all God’s beloved children.

What’s the retreat like for youth?  This year the youth will have their very own lodge, right across from Lake Susan!   With their dedicated youth leaders, they will enjoy crazy games and fun activities as well as late night cabin discussions and lots of snacks.  They join the adults for the four large group sessions that include merriment by emcees, sung worship, testimonies, and the message from the main speaker.

What is the cost? We are excited to offer significantly reduced prices once again this year!

  • $100 per adult (including young adults)
  • $50 for youth and children
  • $25 for van and dinner
  • $350 family max (not including van/dinner)

Speaker:  Rev. Dr. Gordon McDonald

Gordon MacDonald is the Chancellor of Denver Seminary. He served as interim president of Denver Seminary (2008-2009).

He is an author, speaker, and teacher, and was a pastor for more than 40 years, serving most recently as the senior minister at Grace Chapel, Lexington, Massachusetts. When he stepped down from that position, the Grace Chapel congregation honored him with the title of Pastor Emeritus. Other pastorates included New York City, southern Illinois, and Kansas. Gordon MacDonald was also president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for three years.

Pastor MacDonald’s academic background includes a BA from the University of Colorado (1962), and a MDiv from Denver Seminary (1966). Denver Seminary awarded him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 2011, and Barrington College (which later merged with Gordon College) awarded him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 1979.

He has written more than two dozen books and co-authored others with his wife, Gail. Perhaps his best known book has been Ordering Your Private World which won the Gold Medallion and the Platinum Awards from the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association. There are almost 1.5 million copies of this book in print, and it has been translated into a dozen languages. Among his other books are Secrets of a Generous Life, Renewing Your Spiritual Passion, Mid-Course Correction, and A Resilient Life. His most recent books are Going Deep: Becoming a Person of Influence (2011) and Building Below the Waterline: Shoring Up the Foundations of Leadership (2011). He writes regularly for Leadership Journal and also writes a column which appears on the website.

MacDonald serves as editor-at-large with Leadership Journal, a publication of Christianity Today, Inc. Until September of 2007, he was the chairman of the board of World Relief Corporation, an NAE-associated relief and development organization committed to the alleviation of suffering and poverty in the areas of HIV/AIDS, micro-enterprise development, refugee resettlement, and disaster assistance. He also speaks frequently at conferences for the Willow Creek Association, both in the United States and in other parts of the world. Privately, he engages with company leaders as an executive coach.

Gordon and Gail MacDonald, married 53 years, live in Concord, New Hampshire. Their great satisfaction is in their two married children and five grandchildren. The MacDonalds are also hikers, bikers, kayakers, and voracious readers.

Day Apart Retreat | October 6, 2018


  …let us run with perseverance the race
marked out for us,
fixing our eyes on Jesus,
the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
Hebrews 12:1-2

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Registration & Information

The Day Apart retreat is an opportunity to pull away, and to listen deeply to the Lord, enjoying the Lord’s presence.   Whether the idea of solitude is brand new or your way of life, the Day Apart Retreats are an excellent way to engage in rest.  The Saturday portion of retreat begins at 9:30 am and ends at 3:30 pm. Location is TBD.  Cost is $15 per person and includes lunch and refreshments.  There are 2 engagement options on the retreat: 1) Spending the majority of the time alone after receiving suggested reflection tools; 2) Options for group debrief after periods of time alone.

To REGISTER or inquire about additional information, contact Amy Carlan, 336-723-1621 x228 or

Upcoming Dates

  • Oct. 6, 2018
  • Jan. 19, 2019
  • April 6, 2019
  • June 8, 2019
  • Oct. 5, 2019
  • Jan. 18, 2020

Women’s Retreat | February 1-3, 2019

Location:  Montreat, NC

Speaker: Rev. Sara Singleton

Information and Registration coming in October 2018

Men’s Retreat | See you next year!