NSO Back-To-School Retreat Template

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As a returning student, there is a lot to do when you come back to campus like moving in, seeing friends and getting ready. A back-to-school retreat allows returning InterVarsity students to re-center in our purpose on campus, re-establish our community, spiritually prepare to welcome new people and do some practical training.

In a great retreat your sessions build an arc for participants to reestablish community, hear vision from each other and God, receive some practical training that connects with the mission, and finally, are compelled to live out God’s call on campus.

This template for a 3.5 hour retreat is ready for you to use, or feel free to customize and edit it as you find helpful.

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Dave serves as the Associate National Director of Growth and loves to integrate growth and discipleship holistically. He and his family near Ann Arbor in Michigan where he has been a volunteer, Associate Regional Director and everything in between before his current role. He is nearly finished with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies at Regent College in Vancouver.