Monday, January 24, 2011

Theme It

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:

2005: One
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's a secret! But I'll give plenty of examples later.



At 11:09 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

I thought the 2005 theme was "Get In the Game"! We had the One shirts, though...remember those...

At 11:32 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

Oh, and in the notes for the 2003 retreat (with good ol' "fill in the blanks") mine said: "2003 Theme: LESS is MORE"


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