Project Documents

Date of Award

1974

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Mercedes Dyer

Second Advisor

Ruth Murdoch

Third Advisor

W.G.C. Murdoch

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the true concept of church retreat. This included the theological and historical background of retreat, and its purpose and nature. The study explored the variety of uses, the structure, planning and leadership of retreat.

A brief report of the Pioneer Memorial Church Campus Concern retreats and Family Life Education retreats was necessary for perspective; however, the thrust of the study was of the Pioneer Memorial Church Pilot Program of experimental retreats. The paper attempted to evaluate the overall responses to a survey questionnaire administered to Pioneer Memorial Church members who had experienced retreat. The researcher believed that the major objectives of retreat were (1) to establish deeper relationship with God; (2) to gain a fuller understanding of self; and (3) to find fulfillment in reaching out to fellowship with others. Thus, questions of the survey sought to probe those areas in the understanding and experience of the retreatants.

Recommendations and conclusions were made and an appendix of suggested sample materials and programs for retreat use were included.

Subject Area

Spiritual Retreats--Seventh-day Adventists; Spiritual life

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