In a follow-up to the previous post on some simple goals for staff retreats, I thought I would share some of my favorite locations. An attempt is made at the retreats to connect the location with the main thrust of the day, the theme. Sometimes the theme of the day centers on personal growth, sometimes on team development, and sometimes on a task like planning for the next year. The location of Quartz Mountain was the focus of Staff Retreats – Part 1, here are some more of my favorites!
Roman Nose State Park – This place has been a repeat favorite! This place that sits just west of Oklahoma City has a great facility with ease in rooming and meeting space, combined with cool places to explore. Meal options are good and the meeting space looks out over the lakes and scenery!
The Home Garage – This one was tops because it was so simple but so cool. One of our member’s residence has a significant car garage. First, this man and his family love the Lord and the church. Second, he’s a great guy and a gifted mechanic (hobby). He can make current cars even cooler, and does custom work from chops to resto-mods on classic cars and motorcycles.
After a few sessions to focus on the theme and talk about how we keep things up to date and running best, we had some projects. We used the garage to literally do maintenance on one of our Widow’s cars – changing the oil, washing it and detailing the inside. Then it was time to turn our attention to the good-ol’ Church Bus, and it got the same attention!
Our Church DNA is simple. We Gather in Worship and Small Groups, are Built Up and Sent Out. While open to creativity and change, in the end, we tend to take what we have and make it run well – almost like taking something old and restoring it, making it even better today and for the future! And that is exactly what we talked about that day. How can we stay fresh and running all out! Our theme was restoring a classic. Everyone got a garage button-up shirt with name and Church logo sewn on, and a red garage rag to put in our office as a reminder to keep things running!
Jacob’s Ladder Camp, located just outside of Oklahoma City by about 40 minutes, is a great place to feel like you have made it out of the “city” but not so far that you feel worn out from a long road trip. The campus has a dual purpose of a great Christian encampment, and also a boys ranch. It is a place like many Christian camps where you can sense that the Lord is often at work in peoples hearts.
Falls Creek – Our state convention has an incredible convention center located in the heart of the Arbuckle Mountains. For many of us on staff, Falls Creeks holds a dear spot as a place where many of us have made life-changing decisions. I did a bit of a time-warp to the past for us as a staff with a camp-like feel of a retreat. Camp cabin, outdoor devotions, throwback camp t-shirt, and even a camp style staff picture for everyone’s office.
Union Train Station – Some years ago, as QSBC was on the verge of experiencing some dramatic change, we took some time to tag base as a staff with the things that will not change about what we do and who we are as a church. Point being, this formerly bustling train station is no longer used for that purpose. How will we press on in the years ahead with the simple and clear mandates that have always guided the church – what are the most important things we should be doing?
Finish Line Tower and Chesapeake Boathouse – Just south of OKC’s Bricktown is the Oklahoma Riversports complex. This gem of a spot is an incredible place to gather as a team as there are great places to meet, with more than ample access to great trails along the river. The staff who assisted with my last outing to the Finish Line Tower was amazing, from giving direction about the facility and catering, to meeting early for access and help with any setup I needed. Top notch! We were able to talk about finishing well and teamwork.
OBU – The staff took a journey to Shawnee, America to the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University. This beautiful campus lends itself to good walks for time with the Lord. We utilized the campus Athletic Facilitiy called the RAWC, to explore our own “strengths” individually and as a team. Good day for sure!
Aloft Bricktown – Located in downtown OKC at Bricktown you’ll find Aloft and this hip spot had a great meeting room that has panoramic views of Bricktown and even better OKC’s Skyline. On the Skyline side there is also an outdoor terrace that is quite stunning.
Thanks for checking out some of my favorite spots to recharge and focus with our ministry team. Take a moment to share some of your top spots, it would be great to hear!