Sunday School Retreating to Move Forward

Thursday 6th November, 2008

In war, retreating is not always a bad thing. Sometimes troops need to redeploy for greater effectiveness. This may allow assessment of tactics, supplies, and distribution of equipment and forces. Sometimes retreating allows for rest and preparation for the next phase. It may even give time for additional personnel to join in the effort.

In our Sunday School efforts to enable the church to carry out the marching orders given to us by our Lord in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20), sometimes we also need to retreat for similiar reasons. It can be a great time to evaluate progress, deployment, and effort along with allowing some time for relationship building, goal setting and adjustment, and preparation for next steps. Newly enlisted apprentices and class workers can be great additions to the team and the retreat as well.

A Sunday School retreat can be at the church or away. Sometimes being away prevents interruptions and allows the group to accomplish more in less time. The retreat will usually last longer than a regular meeting and require between four and twenty-four hours. Though the agenda will set the length for the retreat, the time for a retreat should not be rushed because relationships and team-building take time. The retreat may or may not be overnight.

What are some of the issues that could be considered before and/or during a retreat? Obviously each set of issues will be driven by the needs of the setting. But consider some of the following questions:

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