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What is Discovery Weekend?

Discovery Weekend is a spiritual formation retreat for middle school youth that also engages high school youth in leadership. Held in the local church, Discovery Weekend invites the entire church family to live out the baptismal promise to nurture young people in their growth as Christian disciples. Discovery Weekend employs foundational Christian teachings and experiences to encourage middle schoolers to grow in faith and to challenge high schoolers to become servant leaders.

How do I plan all this?

The Discovery Weekend manual provides everything you need to host a successful weekend. The manual includes position descriptions and resources for all the leaders of your Discovery Weekend. The planning timeline takes you through these resources and planning decisions from the first few adults on the leadership team, to a recommended schedule for you to use during the weekend. This recommended timeline is a product of the collective experience of over 150 churches who have been hosting Discovery Weekends for over 20 years. As your Leadership Team plans, you will adapt parts of Discovery Weekend to fit your church.

What happens during the weekend?

A Discovery Weekend includes times for music and worship, small-group discussions, a series of Talks given by older youth, and fun—all built around the theme of the weekend. For your first Discovery Weekend, we recommend the Discover God’s Love through the Church manual. Each year afterward, the basic structure of Discovery Weekend stays the same as you explore different themes.

The Discovery Network

The Upper Room, along with churches that also hold Discovery Weekends, want to connect with your church. The Discovery Network exists to share best practices for your Discovery Weekend and new ideas to keep it exciting for everyone. The network is also a place for ongoing support for the rest of your ministry with youth before and after your Discovery Weekend.

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Purchase your Discovery Weekend manual at The Upper Room Bookstore

Discover God’s Love Through the Church Manual - $249.99

Scholarships available (call 615.340.7088 for more information).


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  • Your Church Will Receive:

  • Electronic access to Discovery Weekend theme manuals
  • Participation in The Upper Room’s listening partnership to learn from your experience with Discovery Weekend and help craft the future of spiritual formation resources for ministry with young people
  • Discounts on products from The Upper Room bookstore
  • Connection with The Upper Room Center for Christian Spiritual Formation teaching, consultation, and theologically-sound spiritual formation resources for young people, youth leaders, families, and congregations.
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