Spiritual Life Retreats

Upcoming SLR weekends focus on the I Am Third as the theme for 2018 

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 I Am Third - helping your youth recognize that in all decisions and service, God comes first, others are second, and... "I am third." It's necessary, if we are to follow Christ, that we have a heart of service. Jesus taught those closest to him to serve one another; he declared that he came, not to be served, but to serve others. In living that example as our teacher, we also must serve if we are to be like him.

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 2018 (March 2-4, March 9-11, and March 16-18) 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, 2018, 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 2018 SLR weekend. Choose your weekend, announce your date, and mark your calendars.

These retreats fill up fast.  To register, please click on the date you are interested in attending.   

March 2-4 Weekend 1 (Speaker: Candice Wynn, Youth Pastor at Impact Church; Band: GCSU Wesley Band) - WEEKEND FULL - REGISTRATION CLOSED

March 9-11 Weekend 2 (Speaker: Nathan Dickens, Director of University of North Georgia Wesley Foundation; Band: UNG Wesley Band) - WEEKEND FULL - REGISTRATION CLOSED

March 16-18 Weekend 3 (Speaker: David Walters, Pastor at The Vine; Band: Kennesaw State University Wesley Band) - WEEKEND FULL - REGISTRATION CLOSED

Questions about SLR? Contact Sam Halverson at 678-533-1445 or Hannah Stubblefield at 770-974-3312


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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