Church “Retreat”

This weekend I am away at a church “retreat,” can you believe that? That I, of all people, would go to a “retreat?”

Who came up with the idea that the church ever retreats?

There is not a single word in Scripture to justify such a ludicrous notion: Retreat, indeed!

Jesus gave His people a Commission:

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20

How can anybody read that and think of retreat? This is an attack order!  Let Satan do the retreating, we are on the offensive at all times.  We have superior weapons, superior firepower, superior allies and a superior King!  In fact, we also have “All authority in heaven and on earth” on our side, so who came up with the idea that we should ever think of retreat?

OK, all ranting aside now, I can see the value in coming together to plan, to strategize and to charge up the old batteries in preparation for a new assault on the forces of darkness, but retreat?


By this time, you have probably come to realize that I am ranting and raving about a single word, and you are correct.  Why am I picking on a mere word?  Because words mean things. I hope that one of these days, some clever person will come up with a better word, something like a church training session, or a church strategy session, or a church something or other!

Whatever we call it, let’s just bear in mind that the Enemy is the one that looses this battle, that we have nothing to fear, and that we must always be moving the Gospel of Jesus Christ forward… and one of these days, I’m going to come up with the right name for a church whatever it’s called!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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8 Responses to Church “Retreat”

  1. LetmebeRae says:

    Lol this made me chuckle. I guess I never thought of how the word retreat was selected to describe it!

  2. bethesdalily says:

    That is absolutely beautiful! I had never before thought of retreat” in those terms, but I should have–I love semantics, especially as they pertain to Christian thought. This was one of the most thought-provoking pieces I’ve read in a long time.

  3. Bargo says:

    I am not the smart but according to wikipedia a Christian retreat defined in the most simplest of terms as a definite time (from a few hours in length to a month) spent away from one’s normal life for the purpose of reconnecting, usually in prayer, with God. Although the practice of leaving one’s everyday life to connect on a deeper level with God, be that in the desert (as with the Desert Fathers), or in a monastery, is as old as Christianity itself, the practice of spending a specific time away with God is a more modern phenomenon, dating from the 1520s and St. Ignatius of Loyola’s composition of the Spiritual Exercises. Jesus fasting in the desert for forty days is used as a biblical justification of retreats.

  4. Bargo says:

    Like I said, i am not that smart. Its funny how a word meanings changes based on where we are personally. Water to a person who just lived through a flood is so different than water for a man wandering in the desert. For me, retreating to my corner in a boxing ring between the bells, seem smart at this point in time.

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