REAL Leadership Updates

Important info for the REAL Leadership TEam

24-Hour REAL Leadership Retreat!

All members of the REAL Leadership Team are invited to attend a 24-hour training event at the Jubar Residence from 5 PM on Wednesday, December 27th to 5 PM on Thursday, December 28th. We will use this time for community building, a bit of training, and some planning for the second half of the year. The rough, tentative schedule is at the bottom of this post.

What To Bring: We will be sleeping on the floor – boys on the 2nd floor and girls in the basement – so bring a sleeping bag, pillow, cot or air mattress, pajamas or other sleep clothes, and basic toiletries. Wear comfortable clothing because we’ll be sitting around on the floor most of the time. Dinner, breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided, but feel free to bring snacks to share. If you have any strict dietary needs, please let us know in advance.

Please complete the RSVP form below so that we know whether or not you’ll be attending and can plan enough food. If you’re attending, you’ll need to download the permission slip and bring a completed copy with you.


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Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, December 27th
5:00 – 6:30 PM: Arrive, socialize and eat pizza
6:30 – 7:00 PM: Opening prayer; self-knowledge talk
7:00 – 8:00 PM:┬áNew Year, new roles
8:00 – 9:00 PM: Planning Session #1
9:00 – 11:30 PM: Movie, popcorn, etc.
Midnight: Lights out (sleepy time)

Thursday, December 28th
8:00 – 9:00 AM: Rise & Shine; breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 AM: Morning prayer
9:30 – 11:00 AM: Public Speaking skills
11:00 – noon: Planning Session #2
1:00 – 2:00 PM: REAL Ambassadors
2:00 – 3:00 PM: Social Time!
3:00 – 4:00 PM: Planning Session #3
4:00 – 5:00 PM: Closing

Don’t forget your permission slip!

Planning Session #1

We’ll be looking at the entire schedule for the rest of the school year. We’ll determine who will be responsible for each part of all the regular meetings and then we’ll decide, as a group, what all of the topics will be. This will allow us to take a more holistic and thoughtful approach to the meetings.

Planning Session #2

We’ll look at the events already planned and then discuss what other events we’d like to add, including potential service projects. For each additional event, we’ll determine exactly what it will take to plan it, including a specific timeline for all tasks and a responsibility matrix so we know exactly who is responsible for what.

Session #3

Our final planning session will be focused on how to reach more teens and grow the REAL youth ministry program. We’ve tossed around several different ideas but it’s time to create an actual plan, determine roles and responsibilities, and maybe even start completing some of the tasks.