Retreat AND MISSION Program
The CTCS Retreat Program has been in development for a number of years becoming a unique distinctive at Central Texas Christian School. The program plays an integral part in fulfilling our mission statement to educate students with the transforming truth of Christ, building Godly character and integrity in life pursuits. The purpose of the CTCS Retreat Program is to augment the academic curriculum in the overall education process of CTCS students and create an opportunity for the students and faculty to interact in unique, meaningful, and purposeful ways outside the classroom. These retreats enable CTCS to accomplish much more in a student's life and go beyond the traditional classroom's education.
6th Grade Retreat: This retreat is held every May for 5 days at Camp Tejas in Giddings, Texas. Students experience a deep sense of worship in new and meaningful ways as they serve in work projects, participate in recreation, live in cabins together, hear about Gods truth and are challenged to return home and to CTCS with a new resolve to live out God’s plan for their life. High School students are chosen as counselors through a rigorous selection process and trained for 6 months.
7th Grade Mission Trip: This mission trip is held every March for 4 nights in St. Augustine, Texas. Students experience a deep sense of worship and Bible study in a meaningful way as they serve in work projects. As they hear about God's Word and serve others, we pray they return home and to CTCS with not only a knowledge of God's Word, but also a heart to serve and a sense of their God given gift and purpose. High School students are chosen as counselors through a rigorous selection process and trained for 6 months.
8th Grade Retreat: As students continue to mature, they are ready for a wilderness challenge experience that will be a unique blend of opportunity, environment, challenge and guidance. Students will learn that life has challenges, but when we are prepared and with God’s help, we can successfully meet these challenges. This is a 4 day retreat at Enchanted Rock State Park and Guadalupe State Park.
10th Grade Retreat: The focus is on “real” Christianity and spiritual maturity, as well as worship and “real” applications of truly living the Christian life. Students return to Camp Tejas in Giddings, Texas for a 3 day retreat.
12th Grade Retreat: This 5 day retreat prepares students for their final year of high school and beyond, continuing the traditions set forth in the previous retreats as well as focusing on the unity of believers, responsibility and importance of role models. The students decide on the legacy that their class, in unity, will impart and leave with CTCS and its students. Students travel to Colorado Springs, Colorado at the end of August of their Senior Year.
Each retreat and activity has a designed purpose including work projects, team building games and activities in addition to the messages, worship and devotions. Although each retreat targets specifics related to the age of the student, the retreats' general purpose is the same.
Retreats are a time for the students to “retreat” from their usual environment and circumstances; this removes distractions so that students may focus and depend on God. For this reason, parents may not attend retreats.
Mission and Focus