So much of how we define ourselves is based on


But if we are honest, the things we do are only a small part of


There comes a time when it is essential to


Its been a challenging season of ministry. So much uncertainty, so many changes, so much frustration, so much doing. The goal of this retreat is not to provide you with tips and tricks for youth ministry. But instead to focus on your well BEing. The “Just Be” retreat is a time for you to be still, be present, and be communal with fellow youth workers.


Hosted as a partnership with the Heartland Region of the National Network of Youth Ministers and Eagle Sky Camp. Come and get away for a few days to relax and recharge. Dusty Bratzler and Boss Hogge from the Free Refills Podcast will introduce the topics for exploration. We will dig deeper into the topics around tables with other youth leaders. We will use a questionnaire to create groups of youth pastors who are pretty similar in terms of church size, denomination, etc. The schedule is created to allow for personal reflection, rest, and a bit of silliness to blow off some steam.


– Arrive as early as you like, just give us a heads up!
5:00 Last-second registration
5:30 Dinner
6:15 Chill
7:30 Guided table talks and worship
9:30 Bonfire and chill


7:00 Early risers coffee
10:00 Brunch
12:00 Skeet shooting and ropes course
2:30 Table talks w/ snacks
4:00 Chill (optional eagle sky tour)
5:30 Dinner
6:00 Chill
7:30 Table talks and worship 9:30 Games that don’t matter


7:00 Early risers coffee
10:00 Brunch
12:00 Final Table Talk
12:30 Departure For those who want to leave early

* Participants who would benefit from some extra rest may stay until Sunday evening at no additional cost. Dinner on Saturday evening and breakfast on Sunday morning will be provided.


Dusty Bratzler describes himself as a son, a brother, a husband, and a father. On top of all that he has a passion to see churches unite for the Kingdom of God. Dusty is the Heartland Coordinator for the Heartland Region of the National Network of Youth Ministries and is a cohost of the “Free Refills Podcast”

Jon is a passionate follower of Jesus and husband to Michelle. Jon & Michelle have been in youth ministry since 2010 and has served in church and parachurch ministries. As the Indianapolis Area Coordinator, he has a passion to see churches united, communities being reconciled, schools being reached, and students come to know Jesus. Together, we will make an impact!


Eagle Sky is the Ozarks Premier Christian Camp and Retreat Center

Located on 5,000 acres in the eastern Ozark mountains, it is the perfect retreat setting for you and your group. Eagle sky offers fully programmed camps to shift the burden of administration off group leader’s shoulders and allow them to maximize their time building relationships with students. We also partner with churches and ministries to host their own camps and retreats. A recent quote from a senior pastor with many years of experience in Christian camping said, “Eagle Sky has world-class facilities which are only eclipsed by its staff”

Eagle Sky is two hours south of Saint Louis, three hours east of Springfield.

COST $60 OR $100

Eagle Sky offers luxurious lodging options. Your choice between a limited number of hotel-style or dorm-style accommodations. Relaxing will be easy in our cabins. Every mattress at eagle sky is a memory foam mattress. The interiors of our buildings are beautiful and feature craftsman finishes.

Dormitory accommodations are $60
We have 12 dorms, each of them with 16 bunks. This extra space will allow for significant social distancing. it certainly will not feel crowded. Dorm participants will need to provide their own bedding. All meals and activities are included.

Hotel Style Accommodations are $100
We have zo hotel-style rooms available. Your spouse is welcome to attend and at no additional charge. Bedding and towels are provided. All meals and activities are included. These rooms will fill up fast.

All guests are welcome to arrive anytime after 9:00 on Thursday. However, the only meal provided on Thursday is Dinner. Additionally, guests are welcome to stay through Sunday at no additional charge. We will provide dinner on Saturday and brunch on Sunday.


The state of Missouri along with the Wayne County Health Department does not currently have restrictions for group gatherings. Additionally, the Wayne County Health Department has provided Eagle Sky with COVID guidelines. These guidelines include.

* Lodging will be at 25% capacity in dorms. Each bunk is surrounded on 5 sides to help provide adequate social distancing. (See above Photo)

– Screening of Guests for Symptoms and history: This includes a temperature check and questions related to recent potential exposure.
– Masks are highly recommended but are not required at all times.
– Mask wearing when inside and social distancing is not possible.
– Mask wearing when serving foods or beverages.
– Frequent cleaning of high contact surfaces.
– Water fountains not available

As has been standard practice for most organizations we ask you not to attend (with a full refund) if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID or believe you may have been recently exposed to someone who has symptoms or COVID or is potentially asymptomatic. This is likely the most important aspect of our guidelines.

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To register now:

First- Click the link below

Second- Once the page loads click “Register Myself”

Third- Click “National Network of Youth Ministries”

Questions Call Ben Rodda (573) 287-3319

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