Plan a One-Day Retreat for Leaders

Plan a One-Day Retreat for Leaders

Leaders need a break to re-focus and refresh.

Leaders are notorious for serving ourselves into burnout. We neglect our own spiritual health in order to give all we have to the people in our care. But God cares so much more about who we are than what we do—and that includes our work for him. He first and foremost desires an intimate relationship with us. And, quite honestly, we're better leaders when we lead out of an overflow of our personal relationship with Christ.

This training tool is designed to help you lead a meaningful retreat for small-group leaders. Gather together for a time of rest, relaxation, and extended time alone with God.

You'll find articles and Bible studies to prepare you for a retreat, tips on preparing a time and place, and even a participant's guide that will serve as a roadmap for your leaders on the day of the retreat. The content for the retreat is all ready for you—you just need to pick a day and location.

This retreat material is perfect for any group of leaders in small-group ministry including group leaders, hosts, and coaches.

If you're interested in leading a retreat for your small group, use Plan a One-Day Retreat for Your Small Group.

For a sample from this training tool, read "Alone with the One Who Knows Your Name."

How to Use This Resource

Prepare for the Retreat

A Letter to Leaders
Be open to Jesus' invitation to rest.
By Brenda Jank

Beyond a Spiritual Checklist
A relationship with God is more than going through the motions.
Interview with Pete Briscoe

Alone with the One Who Knows Your Name
A spiritual retreat can quiet your soul and renew your faith.
By Brenda Jank

Getting Started
Leading a leader retreat requires three things: a plan, a place, and priorities.
By Brenda Jank

Cut Through the Noise
A pre-retreat Bible study
By Carter Moss

Before You Begin
Use these tips to make sure everything is ready to go on the day of the retreat.
By Brenda Jank

Lead the Retreat

Opening Devotional
Help your group focus on the main point and purpose of the retreat.
By Amy Jackson

Group Bible Study
Leadership lessons from Nehemiah
By Michelle L. Rayburn, with JoHannah Reardon

Closing Devotional
Conclude your time together with a final thought from God's Word.
By Amy Jackson

Participant's Guide

Instructions for Your Extended Quiet Time
By John Ortberg, Amy Jackson, Brandon Hudson, and Andrew Wheeler


Total number of pages - 33

You have permission to make up to 1,000 copies of this resource within your local church.

  • Acrobat PDF Document
  • SMG-BSG124-D