The Lodge

Join us for one of our upcoming
Marriage & Family retreats:

Mother & Daughter (Middle Schoolers) – Calling all moms of middle school age daughters! As moms, we want to have a connection with our daughters and desire for them to have a loving relationship with us. Part of that is helping them feel safe in the world and participating in their life on a level that helps to promote a healthy environment for success. This retreat is designed to help mothers and daughters grow together and in their relationship with the Lord. Enjoy fun relationship building activities, learn ways for you and your daughter to embrace your God given value and identity, and discover the beauty of engaging with your daughter.

Heart of Marriage – Too many couples describe their marriage as lifeless and each other as roommates. It is far too common for marriages to drift into complacency and neglect, causing couples to live as strangers or enemies. But marriages have a transcendent value and a God-sized mission and are meant to be fulfilling and enjoyed. This retreat is designed to help you reconnect with your spouse by presenting five essentials for a thriving, meaningful marriage.

Finishing Well – What comes to your mind when you hear the words, “finishing well”? Perhaps for you, finishing well would be to have your house paid for, or knowing that you would be able to spend the winters in a warmer climate, or just being sure that you have been able to set aside sufficient funds that will last through your retirement. At this retreat you will learn that these may be important goals, but God has something more in store for you. Real success may not merely be in winning the race or even crossing the finish line, but is to bring others with you. The Bible says that God blessed the later part of Job’s life more that the first, (Job 42:12) and He can do the same for you.

Adoption & Foster Care – When you made the decision to foster or adopt, you joined the heart of God in His beautiful mission to be a “father to the fatherless”. But as you know, accepting this call is an invitation to a battle that requires great sacrifice. This weekend will remind us why creating family for our children is worth our lives, give us tools to engage with greater effectiveness and joy, and encourage us to rekindle the love and passion for our spouse. This retreat is designed to be just that…a retreat. Come and receive encouragement, rest, and a refocus on God’s amazing plan for your family.

Fun with Finance – There are many financial advisors who can guide an individual through the wise uses of finances.  However, what does God say about stewardship of the resources He has given you: tithing, saving, borrowing, debt, etc.?  Join us for a weekend with Jerry and Mel McIlrath as they provide practical ways to achieve financial freedom while following God’s will.

Young Families – Families today are busy, with many activities filling our time. This weekend, we’ll learn what God has to say to parents through the book of Ephesians. We’ll learn how to root our families in Him, through practical application, and hear topics surrounding conflict, speaking the truth in love, and creating a peaceful home. Our speakers, Major League Baseball player Frank Tanana and his wife Cathy, share their insights with honesty and humor.

Parents of Children with Special Needs – Being a parent can seem daunting. Being a parent of a child with special needs brings additional, unique blessings and challenges. Join us for a retreat specifically for parents of children with special needs. Christian author, speaker and mom to two children with intellectual disabilities, Andrea Foster will be our speaker. She will share about times that she and her husband Kirk have felt unequipped to handle all that is required of them. Yet, they found a way to press in, so they could press on. 

Registration for all retreats will conclude two weeks prior to retreat.

Due to the unique experiences we create for our guests at The Lodge, we are not able to accommodate infants or children.

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The cost is $400 per couple. This includes accommodation and meals for the stay.

About the Property:

Located at 5873 Mills Road, Deckerville, MI, under 2 hours northeast of Troy, the property is situated on 40 wooded acres, and just 1/8 mile off the shoreline of Lake Huron. Built in 1997, this 13,500 square foot log home was designed as a private residence. Newly renovated, it now has 12 bedrooms, 12 1/2 baths, and multiple fireplaces. It was our desire to turn this beautiful residence into the Woodside Retreat Center. Now called The Lodge, it is the place where marriages can be strengthened and restored, where leaders can be developed, and where pastors around the region can be refreshed and equipped.

Background and Purpose:

For years we have prayed about a retreat center within a couple hour drive of our campuses. So much can be accomplished in education, training, development, and life change when you have an extended, concentrated time away from the heavy traffic of daily life.  There are three main purposes for our retreats at The Lodge:

Strengthen Marriages – Not only is the definition of marriage being attacked today, many Christian marriages are in trouble. The church spends a lot of time and energy to provide remedial help. The Lodge will provide opportunities for couples to receive practical and preventative counseling during Marriage Retreat weekends scheduled monthly throughout the year.

Leadership Development and Team Building – As Woodside continues to grow, there is an increasing need for campus pastor development, leadership training, DNA teaching and alignment, and team building. The Lodge will become a familiar place for all of our ministries. It becomes a home for leadership development for campus pastors, departmental training and development, neighborhood groups training and getaways, student leadership retreats, special needs leadership training, etc. The Lodge will be core to supporting our Leadership Development vision initiative. Men and women enrolled in our internship, mentoring and residency programs will be given the opportunity to gather together for leadership emersion and training. The Lodge will also be utilized by our message development team. It’s here they can have a block of concentrated time away for message series development, message writing, and collaboration meetings with creative and communication teams. This will produce a better product while developing people and teams.

Pastors’ Encouragement and Enrichment – Over 1,000 pastors leave the ministry every month citing burn out, anxiety and failing to meet expectations. Books and large conferences have not effectively worked to keep pastors functioning and fulfilled in ministry. The key is developing relationships with colleagues outside of one’s ministry setting. The Lodge provides this opportunity. During the week, 6-8 pastoral couples, from local churches, could gather for three days. They would bond and make connections. The hope is they will stay connected, encourage each other and have accountability throughout the year. As a cohort unit they could return the following year to deepen relationships and for further strategic ministry development.

Upcoming Marriage Retreats