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Wilderness is a five-day retreat for youth ministers designed to rest their souls and rejuvenate their spirits. Wilderness 2014 is October 2-6 at Bear Trap Ranch in Colorado Springs.

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Wilderness is...

• 5 days in the Rocky Mountains • Discussing things that matter most in life and ministry • Rest, solitude, slowing, listening to God • Depth of Brotherhood At Wilderness you won’t find crowded convention halls, seminars on everything you haven’t plugged into your program, or a bunch of booths with people trying to get you on their database so they can send you all their junk mail. Wilderness is a retreat for youth ministers and youth workers. It’s about digging into the heart of why you do what you do. Its about passion more than programming. It’s about following God’s call on your life and finding the strength to follow His lead.

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The Experience

• 5 days in the beautiful wilderness of the Rocky Mountains near Colorado Springs, Colorado (just about an hour and a half from Colorado Springs Intl Airport). It has a pristine wilderness, pine forests, mountain streams and meadows, and there are peaks of 12,000 to 14,000 feet. • Time away from the office, phone, internet and emails, committee meetings, deadlines, and pressures • Time to be alone in the wilderness–seeking God and His desire for your life and ministry • Rest in the solitude of the wilderness while hiking, fishing, or simply discovering a quiet place to think and talk with God • Interactive discussions with others in ministry on issues that matter most • Plenty of hiking trails for the tenderfoot as well as for the adventurous boulder hoppers looking for a challenge. There are several overlooks with different difficulties no matter your age, fitness level, or experience. • Mountain River Fishing – Bring your own gear and buy a license in Denver on your way up. • Log cabins complete with bathrooms and bedding • Great food with special meals like the Wrangler’s Breakfast (you don’t want to miss this).

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The Dynamic

More important than the setting is the dynamic we want to create in small group relationships. Each participant will be assigned to a group of 6-7 other youth ministers with one mentor/facilitator. Your small group will spend time each day working through some important life issues. The mentor’s role will be to lead discussions (not lectures and seminars) about things that matter most.

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The Discussions

Mentor/Facilitators – All of our mentors meet the following criteria: • Active in ministry • Have a heart for youth ministry • Understand the importance of one marriage for life • Have life and ministry experience of 6 to 10 years greater than any member of their small group Mentor/Facilitators will also follow up with each member of their small group in the following year to touch base, encourage, and add another layer of accountability to their life and ministry. Spiritual Disciplines – You will be given the opportunity to experience and put into practice many of the following spiritual disciplines: • Slowing • Journaling • Prayer • Solitude • Silence • Meditation • Worship • Seeking guidance from the Holy Spirit DISCLAIMER: WILDERNESS is not meant to serve as a counseling center.

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Packing List

Things to consider when packing: You will likely be hiking, so bring a good pair of comfy shoes or hiking boots. It can get cold at night so bring some warm clothes. Since we will be at an elevation, you will sunburn quicker and get dehydrated faster, so bring a water bottle!

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Now until May 31 the cost is $475. From June 1 to August 15 the cost is $500. From August 16 to October 2 the cost is $525. DISCOUNT!! Returning Attendees- Receive $25 off when you bring a friend who has never been before. Wilderness registration is now online and you can either pay online with a credit card or by mailing a check.

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Contact & Travel Info

Travel If you are planning on driving to Bear Trap Ranch, please aim to arrive between noon and 5PM on October 2. Important Please plan on arriving somewhere between the hours of noon and 5PM. Please plan on leaving Monday, October 6 no earlier than 1PM. For questions contact Larry Stout or call 417-781-2273

Bear Trap Ranch

Again, thanks for what you do – we appreciate it and look forward to our time together in Colorado Springs, CO. If you have any questions please email larry.stout@ciy.com or call (417) 781-2273.

2014 Schedule


Thursday, October 2

  • 6:00pm
    Dinner
  • 7:00pm
    Worship
  • 8:00pm
    Discussion Groups
  • 10:00pm
    Hangout

Fri-Sun (Oct. 3-5)

  • 9:00am
    Solo: Journal, pray, read, reflect, meditate
  • Noon
    Lunch
  • 12:30pm
    Free Time (you can go fishing, hiking, take a nap, rest, ready, talk, rock climb, disc golf, etc.)
  • 6:00pm
    Dinner
  • 6:45pm
    Worship & Discussion Groups
  • 9:30pm
    Hangout

Monday, October 6

  • 9:00am
    Discussion Groups
  • 10:00am
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