Friday, March 9, 2018 at 8:00 PM EST
Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 10:30 AM EDT

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Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center
Harrell Center Auditorium
710 N Lakeshore Drive
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745

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Leslie Butters
Intentional Growth Center

Our other Confirmation Retreat Weekend dates are:

  • March 2-4, 2018 with Rev. Carolyn Poling*
  • March 16-18, 2018 with Rev. Paul Seay
  • April 13-15, 2018 with Rev. Corey Milliet
  • April 20-22, 2018 with Rev. Duffy Robbins
  • November 9-11, 2018 with Rev. Carolyn Poling*

* All-ages weekend. These weekends include workshops designed for both middle school and high school Confirmands

The typical schedule is:

Friday 8:00 PM Worship & 1st session
8:30 PM Leader's Orientation during       worship




8:00 AM: Morning worship & 2nd session

9:00 AM  Mini-workshops
12:00 PM - Lunch 
1:30 PM TeamBuilding, museum tours 
5:30 - Dinner
7:30 Worship and 3rd session


8:45 AM Morning worship & 4th session, commissioning and communion 

10:30 Sending Forth



IGC Confirmation Retreat Weekend #2

March 9-11, 2018 with Rev. Duffy Robbins

In the United Methodist Church, Confirmation refers to the intentional commitment that a person makes to respond to God's grace, publicly reaffirming their baptismal vows before the congregation. The focus of our weekend is to provide tools to youth that will help them understand their promise of Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service, and Witness

The focus of the retreat weekend will be enhanced with mini-workshops to address the importance of:

Learning the spiritual disciplines, like Prayer, in developing a converstaional relationship with God.  Being Present in the life of the church. Exploring what the Bible says about Gifts, and why it's important to tithe as a joyful expression of faith. 

Figuring out what talents God has given you, what you are passionate about, and how you can put them into the Service of others and reflecting the spirit of Jesus through your life as a Witness because of your faith.

Tour the World Methodist Museum where youth willl discover more about John Wesley, and the roots of United Methodism.

Visit the SEJ Heritage Center is a valuable opportunity for youth to get a better understanding of the polity of the United Methodist Church with an emphasis on the southeast.  

TeamBuilding is a returning favorite activiity for youth to discover how working together to problem solve and meet challenges as a group translates to working together to bring about God's kingdom here on Earth. Plus, it's really fun!

Duffy Robbins

Guest Speaker Rev. Duffy Robbins is Professor of Youth Ministry at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. A  thirty-five year veteran of youth ministry, he’s the bestselling author and co-author of Enjoy the Silence, Speaking to Teenagers, Youth Ministry Nuts and Bolts and many more. Duffy speaks around the world to teenagers and people who care about teenagers.



Program Costs

Lower End and Upgrade Options: $70.00/youth, $60.00/adults, $50.00/clergy and paid church staff

Program Only (provide your own housing):  $80.00/youth, $70.00/adults, $60.00/clergy and paid church staff

The program fee includes all mini-workshop materials, museum tours, TeamBuilding activities, stole and t-shirt. 

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Housing Options

Housing Reservations are made separately through the Conference Center at 800-222-4930. Costs are per person and includes 2 nights lodging and 4 meals (Saturday breakfast, lunch & dinner, Sunday breakfast.) Reservation requests received thirty days or less prior to the event date may be subject to prevailing rate and availability. A $5.00/person deposit is required at time of booking. Cancellations will result in automatic forfeiture of $15/person up to 15 days prior to arrival. Less than 15 days prior to arrival date, no re-funds will be given.

West End Per Person Option: Junaluska Apartments, Lakeside Lodge, Mountainview, or Sunnyside with meals at the Jones Cafeteria: $166.00/single, $116.00/double, $98.00/triple, $94.00/quad occupancies. (Applicable NC Sales and Occupancy taxes will be added to the rates above.)

Upgrade Option: Terrace Hotel and Lambuth Inn: Best Available Rate at time of booking. The Front Desk will ask for a credit card upon check-in to be held as a Guarantee of Payment in case of damage to any furnishings, walls, carpets, etc. including tobacco use in any indoor space.

Other Options: The Providence Lodge is a privately owned lodge available for groups. Call Anne at 828-550-9729 for rates and availability. Cottage Rentals: privately owned homes, apartments and cottages managed by the Lake Junaluska Conference Center. Call 800-222-4930 ext. 2 for rates and availability. Groups of 10 or more wishing to eat on campus are asked to purchase meal tickets in advance by calling Reservations at 800-222-4930.