2018 Fall Retreat

This year, our Fall Retreat will be held a little closer to home—here at The Moody Church! Join us Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14, for a weekend of fun, worship, fellowship, and time in God’s Word.


We’re excited that Bruce Smith and his family will be joining us! Bruce and Scott will share the teaching duties for the weekend, as we look at the amazing redemption story as shown in the whole of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. Brandon Chism and his fiancée Lindsay will also be returning from Colorado so that Brandon can lead us in worship.


You can find important details below. Click here to register online, or fill out a hard-copy registration form in class.

Retreat Details

  • DATES: Saturday October 13 and Sunday October 14


  • COST: $30 for adults and teens; $15 for ages 5–12; ages 0–4 are free


  • INCLUDES: three meals Saturday (continental breakfast, full lunch and dinner), fellowship lunch on Sunday, snacks, and all retreat materials.


  • T-SHIRTS: Optional, $15 each


    To order t-shirts: Sunday September 23
    To register: Sunday September 30


  • CHECK-IN: Check-in and breakfast will open at 9:00am Saturday October 13; our first session will begin at 10:00am.


  • PARKING: the West Lot

Our Speaker

For the tenth year, we’re grateful to be able to welcome back Bruce Smith as our speaker for the fall retreat. A classmate of Scott’s at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Bruce has served as the pastor of the Central Congregational Church in Middleboro, Massachusetts since 2004.


Originally from North Carolina, Bruce moved to Chicago at 14 and graduated from Lane Tech High School, heading first to Moody Bible Institute and then to TEDS. He’s had a wide array of experience in career and ministry, ranging from youth ministry in Oak Park, to service as an Army MP in Germany during Operation Desert Storm, to leading a multi-staff, multi-cultural, inner-city ministry at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Vancouver.


Bruce enjoys sports and currently coaches at the high school level; he loves the Cubs and was convinced by his kids to root for the the White Sox as well since moving away from the Chicago area in 2000. He loves to read and listen to sermons, particularly preachers from the past like Martyn Lloyd-Jones and A.W. Tozer.


He especially loves spending time with his family. He and his wife Faith, another MBI grad, have six children: Duncan (20), Evan (17), Isaiah (15), Sophia (14), Joshua (12) and Hudson (10).

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