Sample Retreat Agenda Format

Sample Retreat Agenda Format

Sample Retreat Agenda Format

[Below briefly describe on Sample Retreat Agenda Format. A retreat agenda is an organized set of activities programmed to “drawback” employees or staff member from their day-to-day activities in work. You can modify these format as your requirement.]

Important Information that must be Provided on a Retreat Agenda –

  • The date, schedule and the location of the retreat must receive a mention at the start of the agenda.
  • The goals to be achieved at the retreat must be determined before departing for the destination.
  • The topics that need to be discussed should be determined beforehand along with the people who will be responsible for the presentation.
  • Most importantly the organization should make every effort to be flexible at the retreat and refrain from imposing strict deadlines on employees.

Sample Retreat Agenda Format:

Leadership Retreat Agenda [Developing A Ministry Action Plan]

Suggested Etiquette For the Meeting.

  • Cell phones to be switched off.
  • Use of laptops only allowed for research and notes, and invitees are advised not to spend time on social media.
  • Discussions must be concise without being monopolized, and questions are welcome from the invitees.

Session 1: Personal Histories And Strengths

Personal Histories.

Move around the room and answer the following questions about yourself.

  • Where did you grow up?
  • What is the number of siblings you have and where are you placed among your siblings?
  • What was the most important challenge during your childhood?

Session 2: SWOT


  • What is the reason for the success of our congregation?
  • Why is your group recognized and how we can capitalize on the recognition to accomplish our mission?
  • What are the good things people say about our congregation?
  • What are the strengths of our group?


  • Steps we should be taking to improve to succeed in our mission.
  • What are the weaknesses within our structure, leadership and any other culture which may be hindering us from succeeding in our objective?


  • Based on our strengths and weaknesses what opportunities can be considered as presenting themselves to us?
  • How can we change by doing things differently than the present to accomplish our mission?


  • What are the issues, roadblocks, barriers, and threats which are holding us back from accomplishing our mission?
  • Are we doing things that do not align with our mission and values?

Session 3: Action Planning For the Year.

  • Identify 2 to 5 high-level objectives to be accomplished for the forthcoming year.
  • After taking into consideration the current size of our congregation and also breaking downsize barriers what are the 2 to 5 we should be doing over the next year to accomplish our objectives.

Conclusion after creating a ministry action plan from this process.


Another sample Retreat Agenda format –

Staff Retreat Agenda


[Location: Name of the Retreat Chosen for the Meeting]

  • 9 AM — Arrivals, breakfast, and networking.
  • 9:45 AM — welcome and opening remarks by [name of the individual]
  • 10:45 AM — U-turn by [name of the individual]
  • 11:45 AM — break and change rooms.
  • 12 PM — sports and programs for preassigned employees.
  • 12:30 PM — buffet lunch and employee service awards.
  • 1:30 PM — sports and programs as well as collaborative sharing sessions.
  • 4:05 PM — break, dessert, and change rooms.
  • 4:20 PM — leveraging volunteers for change and impact by [name of the individual].
  • 5 PM — plated dinner.
  • 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM — unified sports experience.
  • 9 PM — adjournment.

[Note: It proves to be extremely relaxing both for employees and their employers because they get an opportunity to be together and enjoy the things of life would normally be unavailable in the office.]