A More Excellent Way

1 Corinthians 13

October 6th – 8th, 2018 | Redwood Christian Park


We’re excited that you’re considering attending this year’s family retreat! We pray that God will work through this weekend to help you draw closer to Him and also to the SFBC community. Whether you’re new to SF Bible or been with us for years, the annual retreat is chance to make new friends and catch up with old ones. We hope you’ll join us for a fantastic time – a time of rest and relaxation, a time of fellowship and encouragement, a time of growth in our relationship with God as we study His Word and spend time with Him.

About Our Speaker

This year, we are blessed to have Pastor Austin Duncan from Grace Community Church as our speaker. As the pastor overseeing the college / career ministry (Crossroads), Pastor Austin makes it his focus to magnify God and spread a passion for His glory by making disciples and shepherding his flock to value Christ above all else. Our retreat theme this year is based on 1 Corinthians 13 and focuses on “A More Excellent Way”. We look forward to spending the first weekend in October with Pastor Austin, his wife Merilly, and their 4 children.

Retreat Location

Retreat will be at Redwood Christian Park in Boulder Creek, CA located in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains. Facilities include a Christian bookstore, a coffee lounge, children’s playgrounds, volleyball and basketball courts, outdoor ping pong tables, and various hiking trails. There is also a nursery, toddlers’ playroom, and playground.


Four types of housing accommodations are available:

  • Standard Men/Women’s Cabins (bunk beds)
  • Family Cabins (two bunk beds for up to 5)
  • Select Rooms (two twin beds or a double plus a twin)
  • Deluxe Rooms (double/queen and either a twin or twin bunks)
All housing options have a private bath. For Standard and Family Cabins, you will need to bring your own linens (sleeping bag or sheets and blankets, pillows, and towels). For Select and Deluxe Rooms linens (sheets, blankets, pillows, and towels) are provided.

Nursery and Children’s Programs

Nursery (ages 6mo to 3 yrs) and Children’s Program (ages 4 to 10 years) will be provided during the main speaker sessions and workshops. Be sure to indicate on the registration form whether or not you plan to bring your children to either program so that we can provide adequate staffing.

Teaching Workshops

Sunday Workshops

  • Christian Ethics: More than just “WWJD?” – Craig Hou

    Description: Christians are to live and think according to a biblical worldview. But the postmodern world rejects the principles of absolute truth and moral authority. This has led to moral confusion and uncertainty in a seemingly endless list of topics including reproductive technology, end-of-life care, and capital punishment. How does a believer approach moral issues from a Christian perspective? This workshop will survey the terminology and principles of Christian ethics. The theories and framework of moral decision-making will also be discussed.
    Scripture Passage: Joshua 2:1-7, Romans 12:2

  • Jesus and the God of the Old Testament – Dale Low

    Description: How is Jesus the same or different from the God of the Old Testament? The focus of this workshop will be on the Deity of Christ as a means of stimulating personal and corporate worship of our God.

  • Love wins: How to Respond to the LGBTQ+ Movement – Pastor Ray Fung

Additional Info

  • What if I need a ride or can provide a ride for others?
    If you need help finding a ride to the retreat or if you can provide rides to others, please indicate this on your registration form. You will be notified before retreat who your driver or passengers are. Driving time from San Francisco is approximately 1½ hours. Detailed driving directions will be provided a week before the retreat.

  • What time should I arrive?
    Registration will begin Saturday morning at 9:00AM.

  • What meals are included and what if I have dietary restrictions?
    Seven meals are included with your registration, starting with lunch on Saturday and ending with lunch on Monday. If you have food allergies or dietary restrictions, please indicate that on your registration form. RCP’s menu generally has options for diabetics and vegetarians. Limited gluten-free options are also available.

  • Is there a discount for coming part time?
    There is no discount at this time for those who either leave early or arrive late.

  • What if I can only attend during the day?
    If you can’t stay overnight at the retreat, you can come down for a day. Two meals are included in the Day Pass. See registration form for rates.

  • Is there financial aid?
    Financial assistance is available for those regularly attending SFBC. Contact one of the retreat coordinators for more info.

  • What else should I know?
    RCP camp policies prohibit pets, alcohol, coffee pots, portable stoves or similar items in rooms or cabins. Quiet hours are from 11 PM to 8 AM. Coffee, tea, and hot water are available throughout the day in their Brookside lounge from 6:30 AM to 11 PM. Wi-Fi internet is also available throughout most of the campgrounds. There is cell phone reception for Verizon or AT&T, but not for T-Mobile.

  • Additional questions?
    If you have additional questions, please contact the retreat team at retreat@sfbible.org


Online registration is available this year. If you prefer a paper form, they can be found on the literature table in the worship hall lobby. Early Bird Pricing is valid through September 8th. Final Registration deadline is September 23rd.

Your registration will not be considered complete until payment is received. Please make checks payable to “San Francisco Bible Church” and include “church retreat” on the memo line. Checks can be turned in at the registration table in the worship hall lobby after the 1st English worship service or before and after the 2nd English worship service. Cancellations/Refunds will be allowed for emergencies at the discretion of the retreat coordinators.

For online registration, please fill out the following for every member of your family. A family of 4 will have to submit this online form 4 times. A confirmation email will be sent for every submitted registration.