The next in the series of blog posts about Leadership Retreat: Theme It.
For our first few retreats, it was just...Leadership Retreat. In 2004, we decided to theme. To pick a word of a phrase that captured the overarching character trait or story or vision we wanted to cast or instill in our leaders.
Here is a list of themes:
2006: Expect the Unexpected
2007: Some Assembly Required
2008: Forceful Advance
2009: Greater Things
2010: LXVI: From Garden to City
This year, we are going All In.
The theme is the primarily the product of conversations between the teaching team and the discipleship department.
Once we have landed on a theme, our media team, worship team, retreat emcees, and discipleship team go into overdrive thinking of ways to creatively present and promote the theme throughout the conference. Every single thing we do is carefully considered: gift bags, what we put in rooms, how we welcome participants, songs, costuming, staging, creative elements, movie clips, games, videos, on and on. Nothing is done at leadership retreat without serious consideration and very strategic intentionality.
I can't post any examples for this year yet...it's a secret! But I'll give plenty of examples later.