National Youth Worker Retreat – March 18-21, 2019

2019 Retreat

Bruce Barlow, lead pastor of Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church in Indiana, will be the main speaker.  Jordan Howerton, worship leader for Momentum Youth Conference, will lead praise and worship.  Dates are March 18-21.  Location is El Caribe Resort & Conference Center in Daytona Beach, Florida.  Cost is $59.

Register for the 2019 National Youth Worker’s Retreat.

Here’s what happened at the 2018 retreat.

Youth workers from all over the U.S. gathered at El Caribe Resort & Conference Center in Daytona Beach, Florida, March 19-22, 2018, for CE National’s National Youth Worker Retreat and had a great times of teaching, sharing, and fellowship.

Watch videos of speakers on the CE National YouTube channel.

Jordan Howerton, Momentum Youth Conference worship leader, kicked off the retreat Monday night with a time of praise and worship. Throughout the week Bruce Barlow, lead pastor of Winona Lake (Indiana) Grace Brethren Church, led very practical sessions on helping students whose parents fight and divorce, with gender identity issues, and students dealing with depression. Timothy Kurtaneck (TK), on staff with CE National, helped youth workers understand Generation Z. Joel Hawthorne, CE National board member, talked about ministry from a business perspective, and Ed Short, church-staff consultant for CE National, discussed how youth workers are doing spiritually. Ed Lewis, CE National president, talked through the book Growing Young in small groups.

The Atlantic ocean setting lent itself to good conversation between youth workers and unwinding from the stress of day-to-day life.

“The retreat was exactly what I needed,” said Jordan Gillette, youth pastor, AXIS Youth Ministry, Grace Community Church in Goshen, Indiana. “I was able to brainstorm with other youth pastors and youth leaders, which led to several ideas that I’m excited to implement. The sessions were helpful in providing valuable information on topics that were on all of our minds. Furthermore, I was able to step back from my day-to-day and evaluate how to implement new ideas into my youth ministry. It was well worth the trip!”

The retreat is planned for the same week next year (March 18-21) back at the El Caribe Resort in Daytona Beach.

El Caribe Resort in Daytona Beach is right on the ocean.  Check back for the discounted rate.

The hotel reservations include:

  • Balcony room with two queen beds
    (Book multiple registrants per room to save costs or families are also welcome to come.)
  • Free parking and WIFI and no additional resort fees
  • Small kitchen with easy access to grocery stores across the street
  • Access to pools onsite, ocean swimming, grills, volleyball net, shuffleboard, basketball, and other beach activities

If you are coming by yourself and are looking to share a room with other youth workers of the same gender to save costs, contact CE National and we will try to accommodate you. Reservations at El Caribe Resort, transportation, and dinners are at your cost.

The National Youth Worker Retreat is a ministry of CE National. CE National is a church effectiveness ministry. Our mission is to be a catalyst for all believers to be trained and mobilized to be ON MISSION. Find out more about CE National at