2014 Catalyst Retreat
The 2014 Catalyst Singles retreat was an overwhelming success! Over 640 singles from the Greater Los Angeles area, Orange County, San Diego, Las Vegas, Arizona and many other churches came together in San Diego from March 7-9. The retreat’s theme “Catching Fire” focused on helping singles to catch a fire for God and catch a fire for the church.
The event started off on Friday night with a Hunger Games improv activity coordinated by the Turning Point ministry and ended with an inspiring message from our guest speakers, Elias and Rachel Deleault from Ashland, Oregon. Saturday started off with a morning quiet time, then men/women separate lessons, and then breakout classes taught by singles and some by ministry staff. There was a long fellowship break for lunch and dinner and activities in and around beautiful San Diego. Saturday night kicked off with a spirit-led worship night featuring many meaningful songs, spoken word performances, videos, and a testimony. The night was not complete without some speed-dating and a dance with DJ Joe Villasenor. The Sunday service was overflowing with retreat goers, more disciples from the San Diego church, and friends we had met along the way. Chairs were set up in the foyer because we exceeded the capacity of the facility!
“This was my first time attending and I can’t wait for next year. It was so inspiring, encouraging and spiritually uplifting!” – Catalyst Survey result
God definitely moved mountains to make this retreat a success (and for some…they are thankful we were not actually “in” the mountains this year!). Four weeks before the retreat, less than 100 people were signed up to attend. The committee prayed for God to move in the hearts of the singles and for the registration to exceed 300. By the time online registration ended, over 470 people had registered. And then another 170 people walked in and signed up on-site!
The Catalyst retreat started 6 years ago as an informal get-away for the Coastal and Orange County ministries in the LAICC. Over the last few years, other ministries were invited and eventually the retreat outgrew the original location. Who knows how we are going to top that for 2015? God always finds a way!