What is an Encounter?
An Encounter Retreat is a weekend away where you can put aside quality time to allow the work of the Lord in your life, in freedom: freedom from habits, bondage, bitterness, wrong thoughts, and past mistakes. The Lord sets you free through the power of the Cross.
Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will SET YOU FREE" (John 8:31-32 NIV).
Who leads the Encounter?
Every Encounter Retreat is led by our pastors and key leaders. These pastors or leaders are assisted by their "twelve" (12 people that they are mentoring). Only men attend the Men's Encounters and only women attend the Women's Encounters. Sometimes we combine with the church in Moerewa.
Where is the Encounter Retreat held?
Over the years we have had Encounter Camps at Coopers Beach Youth Camp, Mount Manaia Baptist Camp and the Youth With a Mission discipleship base in Paparoa.
What is the cost of an Encounter Retreat?
Each Encounter Retreat costs $70 NZD, which includes two nights of lodging and and meals plus morning and afternoon tea.
What is the schedule for the retreat?
You will arrive by your own transportation on Friday evening about 7pm. There will be sessions and activities that evening finishing with a supper. The sessions continue throughout Saturday and Saturday evening. Breakfast is at 8am on Sunday morning. Later that afternoon, we all return to the Celebration Centre for a powerful evening of praise and testimonies. This not only seals a great weekend but edifies and encourages the whole church.
How do I get ready to go?
1. Register. You can do this online by filling in form at the bottom of this page , or visit our information desk during any of our weekend services.
2. Attend a cell group. Your cell group leader will personally teach you our Pre-Encounter course to prepare you to receive the maximum value from your weekend investment. If you have never attended a cell group and need help in finding one talk to one of the ushers at the Celebration service on Sunday, they are there to help.
THAT'S IT! We will follow up on your request and be sure that you have the most wonderful weekend of personal freedom you ever imagined! Join the hundreds of others who have already attended Encounter Retreats
I know you will be blessed and impacted on your Encounter Weekend !