When you're called to lead, the busy work of daily life can become overwhelming and make you question your call.
This ebook will save you stress and frustration as you reap the blessings of coordinating and holding your own Christian women's retreat.
Unlike typically how-to-plan-a-retreat guides, Your Complete Guide comes packed with timelines, agendas activities, and every form I've created to successfully plan and host dozens of retreats.
Print any generic form or use my templates to easily customize your own forms.
“This is a great PRACTICAL guide to help get off on the right foot, with CONFIDENCE, when new at organizing, planning, and hosting a retreat.” ~Tonja, Retreat Guide Customer
SIMPLIFY THE PLANNING PROCESS
Understand each aspect of planning a retreat
Save time by having all resources at your fingertips
Focus on the message and on nurturing attendees
Gain access to 90 digital pages of instruction, forms, templates, activities, recipes, and more
HERE'S WHAT OTHER WOMEN'S MINISTRY LEADERS ARE SAYING:
“Julie has thought of everything you’ll need to plan a women’s retreat! She includes a planning timeline, sample agendas, tried and true recipes, crafts, and games to break the ice. She also includes links to more than a dozen checklists, forms and flyers that can be tailored to your theme and event. This is practical help from your retreat’s earliest planning stage to the closing activity.”
Lisa Appelo, True and Faithful Blog, www.lisaappelo.com
"This resource saved me many precious hours on planning my first retreat. Even though I had years of experience as an event coordinator, I needed specific help for hosting a retreat. The forms were easy to edit and use as registration materials for my event. I appreciated the suggestions for the retreat agenda and activities to try. The ladies who attended my retreat were impressed, and I give Julie lots of credit for helping me organize the retreat behind the scenes with this excellent planner! Highly recommended especially if this is your first time hosting a retreat." Sarah Geringer, Sarah Geringer Creates, www.sarahgeringer.com
“Julie has written a concise Planning Guide for Women’s Retreats or Conferences. It contains everything you need, from start to finish, without having to search elsewhere. She includes forms and direction for the initial planning stages through to the evaluation meeting held after the event.
Basically, everything you need is in this Planning Guide. What Julie has provided is your shortcut for a successful retreat.”
“Julie’s generosity abounds inYour Complete Guide to Planning a Christian Women’s Retreatby providing not only their best practices but also the exact forms, topics, fun activities, recipes, and surveys they use in their own retreats. From the basics of how to get started all the way down to the details of themes, speaker, music, and so much more; Julie has everything covered. I plan to use this as my go-to manual when my retreat plan comes to fruition in the future. It is an invaluable resource.” Kimberly Dewberry, Tranforming Normal, www.kimberlydewberry.com
90+ Page Retreat Guide including 15 downloadable and customizable resources
All future updates
Here are some of the resources you'll get. All forms are customizable!
Suggested Planning Timeline
Template - Google Form for Online Registration (Google Forms)
Template - Brochure plus Registration Form (in MS Word)
Template - Promotional Flyer (Google Docs)
Six Agenda Templates
Retreat Exit Survey Templates
Welcome Note Template
Scripture Encouragement Cards
This is a digital product. You will not receive anything in the mail.
From Retreat Guide Customers:
"Your desire to put together the hard lessons you've learned in a format that helps others who are new to this process is so helpful - I'm a relativtely new pastor's wife (just under 2 years), and I have no prior experience, and no one that I can easily go to and ask all these questions. This was truly an answer to my prayers, and I have thanked God for this and for you many many times." ~Jane
"Excellent publication. One of the best resources I have found. Everything one needs to plan. Provokes thinking, creating, and planning for the best retreat possible.
From Retreat Attendees:
"Would love to come back! Loved it and felt God with us all weekend." ~Nancy (Create Yourself in Christ Retreat)
"They were encouraging, even those whom we had just met were rooting for me, and I for them. It was a powerful experience, and when I left for home on Sunday I was no longer empty inside. I was full, overflowing with certainty, confidence, and strength. God used all of us to lift each other up. To see God working through us to be the encouragement that each other needed was incredible. I feel truly blessed to be able to have been a part of this, and I am so looking forward to the next one." ~Janelle (The Joy in Jesus Retreat)
"Every day was filled with love, laughter, wonderful music, creativity, and a deep-rooted faith that was evident in every detail." ~Linda (Christ's Love: The Way He Moves Me Retreat)
Do you offer any refunds or guarantees? Yes! If you plan and hold a retreat and truly didn't need this guide for any part of it, then you can email me a copy of your agenda within 90 days of purchase for a full refund.
Will I receive access to guide updates? Absolutely! Every time I update with additional resources, you'll receive access to the new edition.
What format is the guide delivered in? Good question! You'll receive an 90 page PDF file. Within the guide, you'll find links to customizable forms and other valuable resources.
Aren't these resources in your free resource library on your website? The Loving Christ Ministries resource library comes packed with resources. However, those forms are generic and you won't be able to customize them for your unique retreat or event. In addition, the Complete Guide comes with extra resources not included in the library.
Could I just find this information for free online? You can find just about anything online these days, but does that mean it's actually valuable? No! I had such trouble finding the resources I needed to plan my first retreat that I developed my own and assembled them in this convenient guide to save you the frustration I faced in the beginning.
All resources in this store are digital downloads; you will not receive anything in the mail.
Copyright prohibits you from editing, changing, or recreating the digital files in any way.
You may email me at julie(at)lovingchristministries(dot)com for basic support. However, because technology and devices vary so much, I am unable to provide technical support beyond the basics (see below).
Downloading on a PC or Mac desktop or laptop computer is recommended as many mobile devices such as cell phones and tablets do not allow downloading through a link.
Larger products in the shop may be delivered within a compressed (ZIP) file.
How to unzip a compressed file:
Laptop or PC - save the compressed folder to your computer. Right-click and select “Extract All” or double-click on the folder. This will create a new unzipped folder on your computer which you can double-click to open to access the files.
Mobile Device - depending on your device, you may need an app to unzip compressed folders. I use a free app called iZip on my iPad. There are others, so look for one that is compatible with your device. Some mobile devices allow you to long-press on the icon to open the compressed folder.
All digital downloads are sent in PDF format. For very large files and for the editable forms and templates, a PDF document with links to the products will be delivered.
You will need a PDF reader to open these files. Adobe Reader is the most common one, and it’s free.
Unable to find the download? The ‘Downloads’ folder is the default folder for downloads on most devices. Unless you’ve changed the default, your download should be there. You can also search the file title on your computer.