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St. Luke’s Bonhoeffer Retreat—With Dr. Andrew Root

October 27, 2023 @ 5:30 pm October 28, 2023 @ 3:30 pm

St. Luke’s Bonhoeffer Retreat – With Dr. Andrew Root

October 27-28

Crossroads Camp and Retreat Center, Lebanon NJ

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Not to be missed! This is an incredible opportunity to consider the life, writings, and relevance of the legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer in a beautiful retreat setting with Dr. Andrew Root. Andy is a compelling speaker who travels internationally to speak about the church, youth ministry, and Bonhoeffer. He is not only a Bonhoeffer scholar, but an author of dozens of books about the church in the 21st century.

This retreat will focus on the amazing life and writings of Bonhoeffer, with special consideration of its relevance for the church of the 21st century, including: 1) Bonhoeffer’s theology of Christ present among His people gathered as it applies to the importance of gathering in-person as the church after the pandemic, 2) the relevance of Bonhoeffer’s perspective and life-example to the present divisions in our country over issues of racial justice, and 3) the wisdom of Bonhoeffer’s approach to youth ministry applied to the church as the family of God today.

Participants will be inspired by the life of Bonhoeffer while being encouraged to consider insights from Bonhoeffer’s writings for their individual lives and for the church today. 

Join us for this compelling time for spiritual growth and educational enrichment!

Retreat Schedule

            Friday October 27

                        5:30pm            Dinner (for overnight guests or those who added on dinner)

                        7pm                 Session One

                        9pm                 Reception with Andy Root in the Christ Center for overnight guests

            Saturday October 28

                        8am                 Breakfast (for overnight guests)

                        9am                 Session Two

                        10:15am           Break

                        10:45am           Session Three

                        Noon                Lunch (for all participants)

                        1:30pm             Session Four

                        3:15pm             Closing Prayers

                        3:30pm             Depart for Home

Participation Options:

There are two options for adults and one for youth:

                  Residential: Stay over in a motel-style room in the Christ Center at Crossroads Camp.  Includes Friday night dinner and reception, breakfast and lunch.  This option not only maximizes your time in the beautiful setting but also affords time for fellowship and opportunities to interact with Andy in a more intimate setting.   Space is limited so book early!  Cost is $200 per person double occupancy, $300 for a single.

                  Commuter: Come for all the plenary sessions with Andy.  Saturday lunch, coffee and refreshments included.  Cost is $65 per person.  Friday dinner and Saturday breakfast can be added for an additional fee.

                  Youth:  Youth can stay in a dormitory style room with breakfast, lunch and dinner included for $75.

*Scholarships are available.

About the Setting

Crossroads Camp and Retreat Center offers outstanding facilities in a beautiful, wooded setting.  The overnight guests will be staying in the Christ Center.  Food is provided in the dining hall and there will be coffee and light refreshments available in the plenary meeting room on Saturday morning.  About 20 minutes from St. Luke’s Gladstone, Crossroads Camp and Retreat Center is located at 29 Pleasant Grove Rd.

Port Murray, NJ 07865.  Learn more about the retreat center at:

About the Speaker

Andrew Root, PhD (Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary. He is most recently the author of four volume Ministry in a Secular Age series (Churches and the Crisis of Decline, The Congregation in a Secular Age, The Pastor in a Secular Age, and Faith Formation in a Secular Age), and The End of Youth Ministry?.  He has also authored Christopraxis: A Practical Theology of the Cross (Fortress, 2014) and Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker (Baker, 2014).  Root puts together theology and storytelling to explore how ministry leads us into encounter with divine action.  His book  The Relational Pastor (IVP, 2013) as well as a four book series with Zondervan called A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry (titles include Taking Theology to Youth Ministry, Taking the Cross to Youth Ministry, Unpacking Scripture in Youth Ministry, and Unlocking Mission and Eschatology in Youth Ministry) break new ground in this direction. In 2012 his book The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry (with Kenda Creasy Dean, IVP, 2011) was Christianity Today Book of Merit. He has written a number of other books on ministry and theology such as The Children of Divorce: The Loss of Family as the Loss of Being (Baker Academic, 2010), The Promise of Despair (Abingdon, 2010), Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry: From a Strategy of Influence to a Theology of Incarnation (IVP, 2007) and Relationships Unfiltered (Zondervan/YS, 2009).  Andy has worked in congregations, parachurch ministries, and social service programs. He lives in St. Paul with his wife Kara, two children, Owen and Maisy, and their dog. When not reading, writing, or teaching, Andy spends far too much time watching TV and movies.

29 Pleasant Grove Rd
Port Murray, New Jersey 07865 United States
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