2019 Fall Retreat

We are so excited for our 6th annual Veritas fall retreat! It will be a spiritually refreshing weekend away from Chicago to grow in your faith and enjoy time with friends from Veritas. Our speaker this year is Todd Wilson. We will enjoy worshipping and learning from the Word together.


The retreat will take place at Gull Lake Ministries in Hickory Corners, Michigan.  You can check out the retreat facilities at www.gulllake.org. We’ll be staying in beautiful cottages, enjoying delicious meals in the dining hall with a view of the lake, and taking advantage of activities such as bowling, an indoor climbing wall and the gym.


Click here to access our online registration form.

Everything You Need to Know about Retreat

Speaker: Todd Wilson


Theme: The Integrated Christian


Speaker Bio: Dr. Todd Wilson is the Co founder and President of the Center for Pastor Theologians. He holds a BA and MA from Wheaton College, a PhD in New Testament Studies from Cambridge University, and is currently completing an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books related to Christian ministry, theology, and biblical studies, including The Pastor Theologian, Real Christian, and Mere Sexuality. Todd has over 15 years of pastoral ministry experience, and most recently served for a decade as the Senior Pastor of Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois. Originally from Indianapolis, Todd married his high school sweetheart, Katie, in 1997. Todd and Katie live in west Chicagoland where they have raised their seven children, three biological and four adopted from Ethiopia.

—The cost for the retreat is $115.


—In order to enable as many people as possible to attend and to motivate you to memorize Scripture, Veritas is offering a $20 discount (retreat cost $95) to those that memorize 20 consecutive Bible verses. You can check the appropriate box on the registration form and indicate the person you recited the verses to when you pay. The deadline for Scripture memory is Sunday September 22.


The deadline to register is Wednesday September 18. The deadline for payment is Sunday September 22. Remember that your registration isn’t finalized until you’ve paid.


—You can pay online via credit/debit card or your bank account. You can also pay during class on Sundays via personal check or cash to Pastor Kirk.


—Pending payments can be submitted online by returning to this site and entering your confirmation number, or you can pay in class via check or cash. Checks should be made payable to The Moody Church, with “Veritas Retreat” or “Veritas Retreat Scholarship Donation” in the memo.


A limited amount of additional scholarship funding is available. Remember that if you request financial assistance for your registration fee, you must follow up and speak personally with Pastor Kirk in Veritas.


If you would like to donate toward the retreat scholarship fund, choose “Scholarship Donation” in the optional items to donate (in $20 increments). If you prefer, you can write a check and give it to Pastor Kirk.

—Gull Lake is approximately 165 miles from Chicago, and the drive takes about three hours (in good traffic). When you register, please be sure to let us know if you’ll be driving, if you can take passengers, or if you need a ride.


—We will do our best to arrange carpools. While we will try to accommodate requests and preferences, please remember that we’re working to coordinate transportation for approximately 50 people, so we can’t guarantee that requests can be fulfilled.


—If there are any details that will help in the process—you can’t leave until 6:00pm Friday, or you can head out early, or you can take passengers but the back seat of your hatchback is tight—please let us know in the “comments or questions” section. That will help as we work to match everyone up.


—We hope you can leave with us and carpool from the church at 1:00pm Friday October 4. Check-in begins at 6:00pm (EDT) at Gull Lake Ministries. You will then have time to settle in to your room and explore the grounds before the opening session begins at 7:30pm.


—On Sunday, we will return to Chicago by about 5:00pm.

—Check-in opens at 6:00pm Friday October 4 and will be open through the evening. Dinner will not be provided, although light snacks will be available. The surrounding area has several restaurants, both fast-food and sit-down. (Remember, Michigan is in Eastern Time, so Gull Lake is an hour ahead of Chicago.)


—Our group will be housed in beautiful cottages, and there will be between 3-8 people per cottage. Rooms are hotel-style, NOT dormitory or camp-type lodging. Each room is fully furnished, and has sheets/blankets/towels. Most rooms have their own bathrooms; in some cottages, two rooms share a bathroom.


—You may request a specific roommate, or we can assign you to a room. Each room will have 2–3 people, each with his/her own bed. We will do our best to respect all requests; however, the room list is contingent on the number of people coming and the space we have available, so please note that requests can’t be guaranteed.

—Meals are served buffet style in the Lakeview dining room. Breakfast buffets include a wide variety of hot and cold items; lunch and dinner buffets include multiple entrée choices, vegetable and side dish selections, bread and butter, an extensive salad bar, and dessert.


—Serving times are 8:00am, 12:30pm, and 6:00pm. Mealtimes last for one hour, so be sure you’re on time!


—Gull Lake can accommodate those with special dietary needs as long as we give them advance notice. If you have dietary restrictions, please let us know when you register so that we can pass that along to Gull Lake.

Click here to view / download a PDF of the full weekend schedule.

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