2019 Young Adult Retreat (Oct 25-26)

We are so thrilled to announce that registration for the 2019 Young Adult Retreat is now open!  And it’s hard to put into words how cool it’s been to see all of these details come together.  It truly feels like God is up to something special this year.  Check it out:


We believe it’s time for healing from church hurt.  Looking at Acts 2:42, we hope we discover a genuine desire to be connected to the body of Christ, and live out the church’s prophetic witness in our communities.

SPEAKERS // Katie & Mitch Luse

Katie Luse is a woman of the heart. She is passionate about intimacy with God and using the gifts of the Spirit for inner healing, discipleship, and pastoral care. She and her husband Mitch are the directors of ConnectUp, a non-profit that serves individuals through inner healing prayer appointments. Katie previously worked for the Global School of Supernatural Ministry as the Onsite Administrator and 2nd Year Pastor. Prior to this, she worked for The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) in anti-human trafficking where she taught internationally on caregiving for survivors of trafficking. Katie enjoys creative arts ministry with a focus on writing and directing. Her “Jesus Theater” pieces for children have resulted in thousands of commitments to Christ.

Katie is ordained through the Apostolic Network of Global Awakening (ANGA) and holds a bachelor’s degree from Temple University. Friendship with Holy Spirit is her greatest passion and aspiration.

WORSHIP // Surround the City

Surround the City. A worship band for The Salvation Army based in Los Angeles, California whose purpose is to glorify God by seeking his presence in a community of worship, serving together in love to see His Kingdom come.”

Connect with us on facebook: facebook.com/surroundthecitymusic

Or Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/surroundthecity


We’ll continue to explore our theme, Devoted, as we take one of the following three workshops:

“Prophetic Prayer” with Mitch & Katie Luse


Katie Luse is a speaker and writer who is passionate about navigating life with eyes on a hunt for beauty. She and her husband Mitch direct a nonprofit, ConnectUp, that serves individuals through personal prayer ministry appointments. She enjoys pastoring people, whoever they are, one at a time, and helping strengthen their connection with God.

“Prophetic Witness” with Courtney Rose

Courtney is a learner, teacher, and a devout Christ-follower. She is passionate about the Bible,Theology, and helping others love God and the Church more. She is married to Justin and is mother to Simeon and Miriam. She proudly serves as a soldier at Mayfair Community Church in Chicago.

“Making the Army Relevant in 2019: A Conversation” with Melissa Bledsoe

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is M-BLedsoe.jpgMelissa is simply in love with Jesus Christ.  Native of Chicago, IL, her career is based on sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to youth ages 0 to 17 and young adults 18 to 26. She works as the Youth Development & Outreach Specialist for The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center located in the West Pullman neighborhood of Chicago. Here, she serves as the Youth Pastor, where she has the privilege in introducing youth and young adults to Jesus Christ and watch them find their identities in Him. She graduated from college with a degree in Business Management and holds a certificate in Youth Ministry. Melissa is married to her high school sweetheart Mario, whose ministry is working with adults who are breaking free from drugs and alcohol and mama to Maxwell (Max), their outgoing toddler who loves people, Netflix and tater tots…. During down time, Melissa enjoys watching documentaries, drinking tea, worshiping and sushi.

AGES // 18-29*

This retreat is created specifically for young adults ages 18-29, and is designed to be relevant to their place in life (must be 18 by 10/25/19).  Want to know what that asterisk* is about?  Leaders who are involved in young adult ministry at the Corps can attend, too!  That means Corps Officers, Youth Leaders, Sunday School teachers, Embrace leaders, etc.


The Young Adult Retreat will take place at Wonderland Camp & Conference from October 25-26, 2019.  To see a detailed schedule of the weekend, download the YAPP app.  We will be uploading information as we finalize details.


The retreat is only $30 per person, and childcare is available for $10 per child (ages 0-5).  To register, click here!  Registration will be live until Friday, October 12.


You will want to download our official app as it will have all the info they’ll need for the weekend. Click here to download it!


It honestly feels like God is up to something special this year, and we really hope to see your young adults at this event.  If you’d like to promote this event at your Corps, not only are posters and postcards on their way, but you can download graphics for Sunday morning here!

We hope to see you at the retreat!