Spiritual Life Retreats

Upcoming SLR weekends focus on the Seasons of our faith journeys

Wouldn't it be great to have a quality weekend retreat where you could trust the content, spend time with your youth (instead of worrying about the setup of the next session), and come back with a group of youth and adults who are stronger and more capable than when they left? 

This year's Spiritual Life Retreats will strengthen your youth ministry and allow you and your adult leaders some much-needed quality time with your youth while our staff takes on the responsibility of the setup, take down, and running of the weekend.

The theme of this year's Spiritual Life Retreats at Glisson Camping and Retreat Center is Seasons - helping your youth recognize that there are times when they are fruitful, times when they are in growth, times when faith is renewed, and even times when things might seem dead or bleak - and that we must allow God to use all those times and experiences.

Spiritual Life Retreats happen every spring in North Georgia on three different weekends. Each year these retreats attract more than 1000 youth and adult leaders from all over the North Georgia ConferenceThe three weekends in 2017 (March 10-12, March 17-19, and March 24-26) are identical in content, though the bands and speakers change each weekend. Groups can register for any weekend and be assured of a quality retreat designed with the purpose of enriching the opportunities of spiritual growth for its participants and making your church ministry thrive. The retreats are designed and led by other youth and adult leaders in the conference, offering another level of leadership development to youth in the conference. 

Cost for a weekend is $145 per person, but if you register and pay by January 15, 2017, you can save $20 per person. That covers four meals, lodging for two nights, all program costs, a t-shirt, some training opportunities for your team of adults, and an amazing time with your group. We'll also send you a copy of the curriculum early so you can see what your youth will be discussing this year in their small groups. 

Register by clicking on your date below.


Plan on attending an upcoming 2017 SLR weekend. Choose your weekend, announce your date, and mark your calendars.

These retreats fill up fast. Registration is open now for these 2017 weekends:

March 10-12 (Speaker: Tate Welling - Wesley Director at Georgia College)


March 17-19 (Speaker: Candice Wynn - youth minister at Impact Church)

This weekend is filled. Contact the conference office to be placed on a waiting list (sam.halverson@ngumc.net)

March 24-26 (Speaker: Charlie Conder - middle school minister at Gainesville First UMC)

This weekend is filled. Contact the conference office to be placed on a waiting list (sam.halverson@ngumc.net)

Questions about SLR? Contact Kristen Andrews at krisdenise@aol.com or call Sam Halverson at 678-533-1445




Do you want to be a part of the staff? This is a great opportunity to get some of your youth who are ready to take the next step into leadership to experience planning and carrying out retreat leadership. Your church will benefit from this experience as your youth are matched with a team for one or all three weekends. Apply here


Held at Glisson Camp and Retreat Center in Dahlonega, Ga, Spiritual Life Retreats are sponsored by the North Georgia Conference Youth Ministries for youth 12 to 18 years old. There are three retreat weekends offered, and each one has the same basic content.

Youth groups of any size may register; chaperones of the same gender must register at the ratio of at least one adult to 6 youth. 

The weekends are stocked full of spiritual nurturing that will help stimulate growth in your and your youth group’s faith journeys. Worship, small groups, fun and games, experiential activities and much more will grow your faith as you join in building a lasting connection with other youth groups from across the conference. 

Make sure you download the important paperwork and check out any other necessary information under "What do I need to know?" (below).

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