That clip is taken from a four-session kit that was produced to use at a Ladies' Retreat Weekend event. The talks are taken from a Living Proof Live that she recorded in Tennessee. I saw one of these events in New York, and she made reference to what she had taught there--"Loving Well," (even those who are unlovable). Although this is packaged as a "retreat in a box" there are many other ways that it could be used: for a girls' weekend for a small group of friends; for a short 4 week Bible study (perhaps an every-other week summer study); or for a series of ladies' events, where the video session was watched, one of the included ice-breaker games was played, and small-group discussion took place.
White Post Media sent me this kit in exchange for my honest feedback. There are many great things about this kit, and just a few things that I wish were different.
The strongest positive element is Beth Moore. At my church, if you say "Beth Moore," women will turn out to hear her teaching. She's entertaining and engaging, and the teaching is life-changing. If you are familiar with her, this series will not disappoint.
A small negative is that when I think of retreat teaching, I don't usually think of watching a video of someone teach an audience of 19,000 in an arena in Tennessee. She does interact with her audience there, but I'm not sure that translates to the home viewer. I also would have liked to see an outline for notetaking included on the CD-Rom that has other files that can be reproduced for the group.
However, she tries to counteract this by introducing the video segments on the DVD herself, and clowning around with her worship leader Travis Cottrell. I think that it works. Additionally, she and Travis explain the icebreaker or game that is suggested for each session. I would obviously suggest one of the leaders is familiar with the activity and knows how to explain it, but I would let the others in on the fun by letting them watch Beth and Travis (who are both avid gameplayers, which gives them a point in my book) explain.
Another helpful piece in this kit is the Leader's Guide. I have been a part of planning five ladies' retreats or weekend events, including the first time that our church put together their own retreat (after previously attending events planned by a retreat center). This thin booklet would have been very helpful, suggesting the types of leaders you should have, a schedule, and tips for leading small groups after the session.
The kit is packaged nicely in a box with a handle that can be transported easily and includes
- 2 DVDs with 4 teaching sessions and icebreakers, games, and some other fun clips of Beth and Travis
- 1 CD-Rom with further resources and information for leaders
- Leader Guide
- 28-Day Journal which can also be purchased separately for each attendee as a follow-up devotional, OR used after each session if the kit is used in a weekly Bible study format.
- 48 Postcards to publicize the event
- 2 Posters
- 1 Tote Bag**, which can also be purchased separately as a giveaway to each guest.
**I'm giving away my black and green tote inscribed with Loving Well Retreat (pictured above). If you'd like a chance to win it, please leave a comment on this post. Tell me something interesting about yourself, your experiences with ladies' retreats, or games, or Beth Moore. Make it good!
I'll draw a name on Sunday. I'll ship to the U.S. or Canada.