What You Get

  • Leadership Blueprint

    You will craft a custom plan resulting in new clarity.

  • Focused Training

    We get youth ministry. You will be known and heard.

  • Soul Care

    We get youth ministry. You will be known and heard.

  • A New Network

    You will connect with a small group of fellow youth workers.

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Doug Franklin

As a youth pastor I noticed that every time I put students in charge, the youth ministry increased. Naturally, I began looking for tools to help me develop my young leaders, but I found none. That’s when God laid on my heart a desire to make leadership development resources for youth ministry. In 1994, I started LeaderTreks as a response to that burden.

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What Refuel Retreat Alumni Are Saying

  • Refuel Retreat encouraged me to evaluate our strategic plan for student ministry to match our vision and mission. The teaching and discussion combination challenges me to not only share but hear from people who are facing similar struggles. For me I leave refreshed because of the schedule and encouraged by the practical teaching and discussion combination component.

    - Joel Tucker, First Baptist Church, Headland, AL
  • In 22 years of youth ministry the Refuel Retreat was the most beneficial “conference” trip I have taken. It was refreshing to me spiritually and gave me an opportunity to pull away and do some evaluation both personally and in ministry. The small intimate setting was much appreciated after years of attending the “big” youth ministry conventions. I can’t wait till my next Refuel Retreat.

    - Andy Lawrenson, Pastor, Nags Head Church
  • I truly felt known and cared for at my Refuel Retreat. The LeaderTreks staff designed our time away to be both refreshing and relationally intentional. Looking forward to attending another Retreat with them!

    - Jessica Sanchez, Minister, Saddleback Church

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  1. Day 1

    • Arrive Between 2:00pm – 4:30pm
    • Catered Dinner (Provided)
    • Session 1
  2. Day 2

    • Soul Care
    • Life Mapping
    • Session 2
    • Time & Space for Relaxation
    • Optional Activities
    • Dinner Out
  3. Day 3

    • Soul Care
    • Life Mapping
    • Session 3
    • Time & Space for Relaxation
    • Optional Activities

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  • Who will facilitate my Refuel Retreat? View

    Refuel Retreats are normally facilitated by the President of LeaderTreks, Doug Franklin, along with different team members of LeaderTreks Youth Ministry.

  • How much is Refuel Retreat? View

    Refuel Retreats are meant to be both affordable and a unique experience, so the cost is determined by the Refuel Experience you choose. Check out the cost section of each location page to learn more. In addition, we always want youth workers to experience with their spouses, so we’ve created a special discounted Spouse Rate.

  • What does the cost include? View

    At the base level, the cost includes all your training sessions, training materials, and a catered dinner on the first night of the retreat. Cost does not include housing and travel. For higher levels of the Refuel Retreat, the cost may include additional features or experiences.

  • How much is housing? View

    Through our partnerships, we are able to offer great discounted rates for housing at our locations. Check out our location pages for more information on booking rooms.

  • Can I get a refund if I decide not to attend? View

    Outside of 30 days from the event, your registration is 50% refundable. Within 30 days of the event, your registration is not refundable.

  • Can I transfer my registration to another person if I can’t attend? View

    As long as you contact us, you can always transfer your registration to another person if you are unable to attend Refuel Retreat.

  • Do I have to stay at the hotel/resort mentioned on the Refuel Retreat page? View

    No. You have the freedom to stay wherever you would like. If you live close to our Refuel Retreat, commute from home. Or if you have family or friends in the area, feel free to stay with them.

  • What time does Refuel start? View

    We generally get started at 5pm on the first day of the retreat. After getting to know each other, we will eat dinner and dive into our first session. However at our Premium Refuel Retreat Experience, we may alter the schedule slightly, but we’ll always communicate with you.

  • How long is each session? View

    Our first session runs from about 5:00pm to 9:00pm, but includes dinner. Our sessions the next two days start around 8:30am and go until around 12:30pm.

  • How many people attend Refuel? View

    We never wanted to create a massive, one size fits all youth pastor conference. Refuel Retreats allow you to interact with other youth workers in meaningful ways, so most Refuel Retreats will never have more than 40 people.

  • What do I need to bring? View

    Refuel Retreats are a casual environment, so plan on wearing comfortable clothing, but also pack for the weather depending on your location and time of year. Bring your Bible and a pen and any additional items you may need for optional activities (golf clubs, swim suit, etc.).

  • What is the setup of the training? View

    Refuel Retreats are meant to be environments where discussion and community building happen, so our room is setup with large circular tables. Participants get time to discuss the topics presented and collaborate with other youth workers.

  • Where are Refuel Retreats? View

    Refuel Retreats are in various locations, so whether you want to travel across the country or stay close to home, there is a Refuel that fits you. Check out the Locations page for more information.