Adult & Family Programs

Come up to camp for some “unplugged” time with family and friends, both new and old. We offer programming for both adults and kids, free time for hiking, fishing, napping, games, and simply enjoying the beauty of the Boulder River Valley, and other activities and worship designed for all.

Options include a work weekend to help get camp ready for the season, a continuing education week for clergy and interested laypeople, and a weekend family camp. Christikon staff serve as hosts, offer options for children during adult sessions, and lead games, hikes, worship and other activities. Meals are made from scratch and served family-style around large tables.

Memorial Day Work Weekend

3 Nights

No Charge

Help prepare Christikon for the summer season during this “long weekend” that includes Memorial Day. We provide food, lodging, fellowship, work, and worship opportunities―all without cost (except a charge per room for those in the Living Center). Bring with you a willing spirit, hand tools for various maintenance, repair, sewing, and cleaning projects, and plenty of elbow grease. Meals are served from Friday supper through Monday lunch.

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Developmentally Disabled Adults Session

3 Nights

$235

For adults 18 years and older whose disability is primarily connected with mental development, Christikon’s camp for the developmentally disabled offers opportunities for enjoyment of the mountains and growth in caring relationships. Included are hiking, group recreation, crafts, work projects, shared responsibilities, sharing of talents, music, etc. Christikon staff people reside in the cabins with the campers, and provide program leadership.

Registration for this camp is not available online. Please contact us for more information and registration.

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Continuing Education Retreat

3 Nights

$300 per adult
$150 per child (6-17 yrs)
Free for children under 6
$750 Max per family
$50 deposit on registration

Running from Monday supper through Thursday lunch, this retreat is designed particularly for rostered ministers, interested lay people, and their families. It is sponsored with the ELCA Montana Synod’s continuing education program. Our special guest and program are listed below.

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David J. Lose

David J. Lose is the Senior Pastor of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church (Minneapolis, MN), a faith community of 15,000 believers. Prior to this call, Lose served as President of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, where he initiated and led the effort to unify LTSP and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in order to create United Lutheran Seminary, which launched on July 1, 2017. Previously, Lose taught on the faculty of Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN) for fourteen years. While there, he served as Academic Dean, was the founding director of the Center for Biblical Preaching, oversaw the redevelopment of the Center for Lifelong Learning, and led the creative team that developed WorkingPreacher.org. He also directed two Lilly Endowment-funded grants focused on fostering congregational vibrancy and has shared the results of that research through his writing and in public lectures delivered in nearly half the Synods of the ELCA, with other denominations, and globally.

David and Daughter Katie (fourth summer as camp staff) on a ridge overlooking Christikon

In addition to his work in the parish and academy, Lose has consulted with congregations, synods, social ministry organizations, and other institutions within and outside the church on matters related to leadership, strategic planning, and adapting to a changing culture, most recently presenting at the Global Summit of the National Association of Corporate Directors (nacdonline.org) on the topic of “Divided We Fall: Social Cohesion for a New America.”

Lose is the author of Preaching at the Crossroads (2013), Confessing Jesus Christ (2003), and the popular four volume Making Sense series of books and resources from Augsburg Fortress. He edited the volume, Renew 52, a digital book focused on congregational renewal, and has written for the Huffington Post, Patheos, and The Christian Century, among numerous other publications. You can find his weekly reflections on preaching and other articles on connecting faith to daily life at “…in the Meantime” (www.davidlose.net), a web-based resource with more than 7500 subscribers. He speaks throughout the US and abroad on preaching, leadership, Christian faith in a postmodern world, and the rapid cultural changes affecting all sectors of our world that he describes as the “age of digital pluralism.”  But his favorite thing to do is hang out with his family in Minneapolis, where he enjoys cross-country skiing, rooting like mad for the Vikings, or getting wrapped up in a game of Settlers of Catan with his kids.

Preaching & Teaching the Bible in the Congregation

Our church confesses that the Bible is our “norm for faith and life.” Yet the reality is that very few of our people know the Bible well. Many find it intimidating, and even more question its relevance. In these presentations, we’ll dive into what we believe about the Bible, including questions such as: How is the Bible the Word of God? What authority and power does it have? How can we help our people read it with enjoyment? How do we preach Scripture in a way that makes it come alive for our people?

Leadership in the Church Post-Covid

We’ve been through a lot over the last two years! We’ve struggled, hung together, learned, made discoveries, mourned, rejoiced. At this point, while Covid isn’t entirely behind us, it’s not the dominating force it’s been the last two years, which invites us to reflect on congregational life and leadership as we lean into a post-Covid world and church. Together we’ll ask and respond to questions such as the following: What does congregational life look like at this point? What will it look like going forward? Will we ever get back to “normal”? What kind of leadership does the church need now?

Mountain Weekend

2 Nights

$175 per adult
$90 per child (6-17 yrs)
Free for children under 6
$450 Max per family
$50 deposit on registration

Christikon summer staff serve as hosts for each family, and offer options for children during sessions for adults. They are available for child care at other times as well. Meals are served Friday supper through Sunday lunch. Can easily be paired with registering for the Continuing Ed Retreat as well.

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David J. Lose

David J. Lose is the Senior Pastor of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church (Minneapolis, MN), a faith community of 15,000 believers. Prior to this call, Lose served as President of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, where he initiated and led the effort to unify LTSP and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in order to create United Lutheran Seminary, which launched on July 1, 2017. Previously, Lose taught on the faculty of Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN) for fourteen years. While there, he served as Academic Dean, was the founding director of the Center for Biblical Preaching, oversaw the redevelopment of the Center for Lifelong Learning, and led the creative team that developed WorkingPreacher.org. He also directed two Lilly Endowment-funded grants focused on fostering congregational vibrancy and has shared the results of that research through his writing and in public lectures delivered in nearly half the Synods of the ELCA, with other denominations, and globally.

David and Daughter Katie (fourth summer as camp staff) on a ridge overlooking Christikon

In addition to his work in the parish and academy, Lose has consulted with congregations, synods, social ministry organizations, and other institutions within and outside the church on matters related to leadership, strategic planning, and adapting to a changing culture, most recently presenting at the Global Summit of the National Association of Corporate Directors (nacdonline.org) on the topic of “Divided We Fall: Social Cohesion for a New America.”

Lose is the author of Preaching at the Crossroads (2013), Confessing Jesus Christ (2003), and the popular four volume Making Sense series of books and resources from Augsburg Fortress. He edited the volume, Renew 52, a digital book focused on congregational renewal, and has written for the Huffington Post, Patheos, and The Christian Century, among numerous other publications. You can find his weekly reflections on preaching and other articles on connecting faith to daily life at “…in the Meantime” (www.davidlose.net), a web-based resource with more than 7500 subscribers. He speaks throughout the US and abroad on preaching, leadership, Christian faith in a postmodern world, and the rapid cultural changes affecting all sectors of our world that he describes as the “age of digital pluralism.”  But his favorite thing to do is hang out with his family in Minneapolis, where he enjoys cross-country skiing, rooting like mad for the Vikings, or getting wrapped up in a game of Settlers of Catan with his kids.

Luther Now!

Martin Luther’s theology rocked the sixteenth century and has reverberated down the centuries. But does it still speak to people today, particularly in an increasingly post-Christian context? We’ll delve into several of Luther’s key insights, searching particularly to identify what aspects of Luther’s thought are most helpful today and, just as importantly, how to share those insights with our congregations and the world.

Former Staff Reunion

3 Nights

Former Staff Reunion Session is FULL.

The office is taking names on a waiting list.

NOT AVAILABLE TILL FURTHER NOTICE

Adult Backpacking

Dates and Fees to be arranged as needed

Christikon can host groups of adults (couples, young adults, one-gender groups, older adults, etc.) in the magnificent mountain wilderness surrounding camp. Groups must have at least six people, and can have no more than twelve. Two Christikon staff lead each group.

Dates can be arranged within the context of youth camp trails sessions. Youth sessions cover six nights (four in the backcountry, first and last nights at camp). Your group can reduce the number of days in the back country to 2 or 3; but at least 3 is recommended.

You arrive the afternoon of the first day of the session, stay overnight at camp for orientation and packing-out, and head into the wilderness the next morning. You remain in the back country for 2, 3, or 4 nights, and return to Christikon the afternoon of your last day on the trail. Typically, the group leaves Christikon early the next morning after staying overnight at camp, but some adult groups may choose to leave Christikon once they are packed in and cleaned up. Your route can be tailored to your group. You may do a three or four-night backcountry loop, or you may arrange for setting up a two to four-night base camp from which you day-hike (so you carry packs only the first and last days). Our staff people can lead the program; or they can work with you in shared program leadership for Bible study, Quiet Time and worship. You may also register as a CreationCare session.

CreationCare is arranged with Director Mark Donald, if you do have a group of at least 6 that would be interested in booking, please contact us. CreationCare is much like backpacking. You and your group set up a base cap in the wilderness above our main site. You share in the regular Christikon trails program, including worship and Bible study. You’ll spend about eight hours of work each day helping to build and repair Forest Service trails, or rehabilitating damaged areas in the wilderness. The session is 7 days, 6 nights. Minimum group size is 6 guests; maximum group size is 13 guests.

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