Retreats

Students meet face to face for five sessions of seven days/six nights each. This contact time is intended to allow sufficient space for spiritually formative experiences, not just academics. Students participate in face-to-face work related to each of the three courses offered in each module.

The Lead Mentor, Dr. MaryKate Morse, designs the overall Retreat experience and schedule. Under her direction the cohorts participate in formative learning and connecting experiences that includes prayer, solitude, rest, lectures, practicum experiences, group spiritual direction, and meals together.

Pending ATS Board of Commissioners approval of a full-degree extension site (June 2015), each of the retreats will be hosted at the Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center. Founded in 1945, the center is one of the premier Christian retreat and conference centers on the West Coast. With a full-time staff of more than 50 dedicated men and women, the center is committed to providing a friendly, comfortable atmosphere where God's people can find refreshment and renewal.

Two meals per day are provided for students while at Cannon Beach with incidentals excepted. Lodging is provided for students at the Ecola Creek Lodge, which is located about a half mile north of the main conference center. Wireless Internet connectivity will be available. Students, however, are responsible for all air-travel and local transport (car rental, taxi, etc) for each of the retreats.

All advances are seven days and six nights in length, beginning mid-day Wednesday and concluding 10 am Tuesday of the following week.

Sample Face to Face at Cannon Beach Schedule

A typical Retreat schedule is outlined below:

Wednesday

  • 6pm: Welcome dinner @ Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center (CBCC)

Thursday

  • 8am: Breakfast @ CBCC
  • Morning: Lead Mentor (Dr. Morse) sessions
  • Noon-1:30pm: Lunch @ CBCC
  • 1:30-3:30pm: Individual and small group sessions with Lead Mentor and Dr. Thurston
  • 3:30-5:30pm: Cannon Beach experience
  • Faculty Advisors arrive
  • 6pm: Dinner @ CBCC
  • 7pm: Prayer
  • Evening: Cohort social gathering with Lead Mentor

Friday

  • 8am: Breakfast @ Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center 
  • Morning: Research course (DMIN713) and Customized Course (DMIN716) Orientation
  • Noon-1:30pm: Lunch: Student responsibility
  • Afternoon: Individual and small group sessions with Dr. Thurston and Faculty Advisors
  • 6pm: Dinner @ Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center 
  • 7pm: Prayer
  • Evening: Cohort social gathering with Lead Mentor

Saturday

  • 8am: Breakfast @ Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center 
  • Morning: DMIN713 Research Course sessions
  • Noon-1:30pm: Lunch: Student responsibility
  • Afternoon: Individual and small group sessions with Dr. Thurston and Faculty Advisors
  • 6pm: Dinner @ Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center
  • Evening: Free

Sunday Guided retreat (all day)

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner: Student responsibility

Monday

  • 8am: Breakfast @ Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center 
  • Morning: Guest lecturer sessions 
  • Noon-1:30pm: Lunch: Student responsibility
  • Afternoon: Lead Mentor-designed Praxis Experiences
  • 6pm: Dinner @ Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center 
  • 7pm: Prayer
  • Evening: Cohort social gathering with Lead Mentor

Tuesday

  • 8am: Breakfast @ Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center 
  • Morning: Lead Mentor sessions
  • Noon-1:30pm: Lunch: Student responsibility
  • Afternoon: Lead Mentor-designed Praxis Experiences
  • 6pm: Dinner @ Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center 
  • 7pm: Prayer
  • Evening: Cohort social gathering with Lead Mentor

Wednesday

  • 8am: Breakfast @ Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center 
  • Mornig: Guest lecturer sessions
  • Noon-1:30pm: Lunch: Student responsibility
  • Afternoon: Lead Mentor-designed Praxis Experiences
  • 6-8pm: Closing Dinner and celebrations @ Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center 

Thursday

  • 8am: Breakfast @ Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center 
  • Students free to leave anytime Thursday

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