2017 Young Adult Retreat (Oct 27-28)

The 2017 Young Adult Retreat will take place on October 27-28 at Wonderland Camp and Conference Center, and the time to register has come! We are very excited about what God has planned for us this weekend. Check out the details here:

What is the theme?

The theme of the event is “faithful”, and we’re going to unpack what it means to be faithful both to God and to the local church.

Who are the special guests?

[Speakers: John and Lois Kim]
John Kim has been serving as the English Ministry Pastor at The Salvation Army Mayfair Community Church in Chicago since 2004. He received his Master of Divinity from Moody Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He loves to play volleyball, watch all World War II movies, and cheer for his Cubbies.

Lois has been the Children’s Ministry Director at Mayfair Community Church since 2008; she has been serving in children’s ministry for 18+ years. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a degree in Art Education, and then spent 4 years teaching art in the Chicago Public Schools. She is blessed to live out her two passions in her ministry: children and art. She loves enjoying good food with good company, or getting lost in a good book.

John and Lois have a rambunctious 8-year-old son Joshua, a strong-willed, beautiful 6-year-old daughter Selah, and the current king of the house, one-year-old Josiah.

[Worship: Outside Worship]
Outside Worship is a trio of music makers made up of Anna Street, Marty Mikles, and Phil Laeger. They’re bound together by their love of Jesus and born out of a desire for community in worship leading and songwriting. Their heart is to create space for meaningful and transformative encounters with God through worship in Spirit and truth.

They are dreaming up a fellowship of songwriters, worship leaders, artists, poets and innovators to press into God’s heart for the outcast and disconnected, those hungry for belonging and for the presence of God.

Who is this for, exactly?

Anyone between the ages of 18-29 years old can attend the Young Adult Retreat. It doesn’t matter if you’re in college, a CEO, or in high school, as long as you’re in that age range by 10/27/17. For married couples, only one spouse has to be in the specified age range. Also, for those in active Young Adult Ministry, we don’t care how old you are! We’d love for you to attend as well. (That means officers, too!)

How much does this cost?

Only $30! This will pay for all of the food, lodging, teaching and crazy-awesome experiences. That’s pretty cool, right?

Are kids allowed, too?

Of course kids can come! Children between the ages of 0-5 will be able to attend at the cost of $10 per child, and will be able to attend childcare during the main sessions and workshops.

What’s the schedule?

[Friday, October 27]
6:30 PM-7:30 PM // Registration
7:30 PM // Childcare Open
8:00 PM-9:30 PM // Main Session 1
9:45 PM // Childcare Closes
10:00 PM // Afterglow

[Saturday, October 28]
8:30 AM-9:30 AM // Breakfast
9:00 AM // Childcare Open
9:15 AM-10:45 AM // Main Session 2
10:45 AM-11:15 AM // Break
11:15 AM-12:00 PM // Workshop
12:15 PM // Pick Up Kids
12:15 PM // Lunch
1:00 PM // Childcare Open
1:15-2:00 PM // Workshop
2:00 PM-2:30 PM // Break
2:30-4:00 PM // Main Session 3
4:15 PM // Pick Up Kids
4:15 PM // Go Home!

What are the workshops going to be?

[Creating Your Life Plan – Eric Himes]
Are you wrestling with your past, stuck in the present, unsure of the future? This Creating Your Life Plan workshop will help you clearly define roles, goals and ambitions, evaluate safe, loving relationships and find a redemptive perspective toward suffering and challenges. This process is designed to help you make lasting changes, and start to experience a deep sense of meaning that will affect your family, friends and community. There is nothing more powerful than a human being who is living a meaningful life.


Eric Himes is the Central Territory’s Director of Young Adult & Worship Arts Ministries, which means he works with young adults ages 18-29, leads the Central Territorial Worship Band called The Singing Company and provides worship resources and training for worship bands. He is passionate about encouraging leaders to use their unique gifts to build God’s Kingdom. If you want to talk to Eric, these are some of his favorite topics: the Chicago Cubs, Dodgeball, I’ll Fight Day, Baggo, praise and worship, guitars, music, creative writing, youth ministry and the future of The Salvation Army.


[Creativity and Holiness – Justin Rose]
From the very first chapter of the Bible, we see God as Creator. God is a “creative-type” and an “artist”. What does it mean for us to be image-bearers of the Creator? How does God’s creativity shape the way we live? In this workshop, we will look at creativity as an aspect of holiness and discuss how art can be used to assist and encourage the Church, worship, and ministry.


Justin Rose is the youth pastor at Mayfair Community Church. He loves the Lord, art, and music.


[Egalitarianism and Feminism – Courtney Rose]
A discussion on women in leadership. We will be looking at its History and context in the Wesleyan Holiness Movement as well as exploring the distinctions of egalitarianism and complementarianism in the Evangelical Church today.


Courtney Rose is a lover of Christ, His Church, and Creation. She soldiers and serves at Mayfair Community Church in Chicago. She loves teaching Scripture and Theology and has a passion for helping the church reach its potential through empowering women and encouraging egalitarianism. Courtney is married to her favorite person, Justin Rose and is mom to a very sweet redheaded baby named Simeon.


[Understanding and Countering Racism – Captain Xav Montenegro]
Racial tensions abound in this country and it is increasingly difficult to have honest conversations about what is happening. Christians themselves struggle to know how to respond in a way that not only acknowledges our racial challenges, but also makes a positive impact. In this workshop we will discuss our current problems with racism and think through how we as Salvationists can make a difference in our Army and in our country.


Xavier is a first generation Salvationist from Des Plaines, IL and was recently appointed the corps officer in Elgin along with his wife Heather. He is the son of South American (Ecuador/Colombia) immigrant parents and was the first person in his family to be born in the United States. Xavier has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He also received a Master of Christian Formation from North Park Theological Seminary where he spent time studying racial reconciliation, social justice, and multi-ethnic ministry. He and his wife have served as corps officers in Norfolk, Nebraska for three years followed by six years at the College for Officer Training. Xavier taught classes on mission, theology, multi-ethnic ministry, and social justice during his time there. Xavier enjoys rooting for the Bears and Cubs, failing at golf, and spending time with his three children Xavi (11), Hannah (9), and Lucas (5).

How do I register?

To register, click here!  Registration will be open until Friday, October 13.  Don’t wait!

We are so excited about what God will do at the 2017 Young Adult Retreat! We hope to see you there!

Download the app!

After you’ve registered, you’ll want to make sure you download the 2017 Young Adult Retreat app. This will have all the info you need during the weekend: schedule, speaker and artist info, maps, workshop info, handouts. You name it, it’s in there.

Head to the app store and download the Yapp app. When you open it, search for METYAR17 and you’re done!