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Experience God Like Never Before


October 14-15, 2022, is the next Christian Union Fire Retreat – a 1.5-day nationwide simulcast retreat with friends for spiritual rejuvenation. All groups are led by a local host(s) and provided a spiritually-robust schedule that will renew your life.

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mattChristian Union founder and CEO, Matt Bennett, has found that extended, focused times of drawing near to God have an incredibly positive impact on Christians, providing powerful spiritual strengthening and renewed vision. You can view Matt Bennett’s bio here and an interview with Matt by CBN here (5:21).
 


Why CU Fire Retreats?


Are you hungry to experience God in a deeper and fuller way? Are you longing for a closer relationship with the God who loves you? Have you considered that taking more time to seek the Lord and draw close to Him will have a dramatic impact on your closeness to God and make you a person who changes others’ lives for all of eternity? CU Fire Retreats are a way to intentionally draw close to Him, providing a space for seeking God in a guided fashion.

Anyone can seek God in their own time, but doing so with friends and people you’re wanting to get to know creates a bonding and camaraderie that is powerful. You will join with like-minded Christians to pursue God together.

As more and more Christians take time to seek God and grow stronger in Him, God draws near to us with His increased power and presence in our churches, communities, and nation. Many are frustrated with the spiritual decline in their communities and the nation, but seeking the Lord is the answer. As believers grow strong in the Lord, their vibrant faith will bring a supernatural change.

What is required to be a host?


See also CU Fire FAQ

Anyone can apply to be a CU Fire Retreat Host. CU Fire Retreat Hosts agree to CU’s statement of faith and ethics. Christian Union provides Hosts with everything they need to lead a group, including how to invite 8-12 friends and what is needed to host a group in your home or virtually. Each group has a Primary Host, and a Primary Host can have a Co-Host if desired.
Hosts’ $39 registration fee is refunded if they recruit four or more participants to their group. Each group has one Primary Host and the option of one Co-Host who also will be refunded their registration fee if together they recruit four or more participants.

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"We need these events to spread across our country like a fire."
– Marty

""I SO appreciate CU's leadership in calling all believers to an extraordinary, wholehearted, and relentless pursuit of God. There's an urgency! Thanks for inviting me into this. It was such a privilege to be part of this weekend's Fire! *And count me IN for the next one!*”
– Christopher

“I’ve been enriched beyond words. I am now looking to God to do the extraordinary in the lives of those around me through earnest prayer. The weekend raised my spiritual temperature and sharpened my senses. I am ready for battle.”
– Olga S

What is required to be an attendee?

Because of the purpose and focus of this designated time, CU Fire Retreats are designed for participants who can be present for the entirety of the time (see sample schedule below). If schedules prohibit someone from being present, then participants are encouraged to wait and to attend the next CU Fire Retreat, which takes place every three months.

We ask that everyone fast during the day of CU Fire Retreat by refraining from food up until dinner on Saturday. Fasting facilitates humility, closeness with God and spiritual power that will amplify our time together. Groups will break their fast by eating dinner together on Saturday. If fasting is unfamiliar to you, you can read about why we fast and how to fast. If attendees do not or cannot fast they are still encouraged to attend, although a whole group fasting together is the ideal.

What is the cost to join a CU Fire Retreat?


Registration fees are as follows. However, Hosts’ registration fees are refunded if they have at least four additional participants in their group:

  • $39 - By September 17, 2022 - 4 weeks before CU Fire Retreat
  • $49 - Between September 17 and October 7, 2022 - 1-4 weeks before CU Fire Retreat
  • $59 - Between October 8-14, 2022 - 1 week before CU Fire Retreat.

Participant registration opens August 14, 2022 -2 months before each CU Fire Retreat.

Chuck2022"The number of life-changing testimonies from CU Fire Retreats has been astounding. CU Fire Retreats may be the easiest way to get strengthened in the Lord and go deeper in Christian community that’s centered on God in such a short period of time - 1.5 days. There seems to be great potential for expansive spiritual impact on communities and the nation.” – Chuck Hetzler, Vice-President, CU America (Get to know Chuck at his bio here and one of his devotionals here.)

CU Fire Retreat Typical Schedule


Friday
6:00pm to 6:30pm Welcome and orientation
6:30pm to 7:30pm Testimonies
7:30pm to 8:30pm Teaching and Q&A (streamed)
8:30pm to 9pm Group Prayer

Saturday
7:00am Arrival and Welcome
7:15am to 8:15am Worship (streamed or on-site) and Group Prayer
8:15am to 9:15am Teaching and Q&A (streamed)
9:15am to 11:30am Two Hours of Reading the Bible
11:30am to 12:15pm Discussion on the Reading
12:15pm to 12:45pm Group Prayer
12:45pm to 1:30pm Prayer for One Another
1:30pm to 2:30pm Teaching and Q&A (streamed)
2:30pm to 3:30pm Private Prayer
3:30pm to 4:15pm Listening to God
4:15pm to 5:45pm Meal: cooking, cleaning, and fellowship
5:45pm to 6:15pm Worship (streamed or on-site)
6:15pm to 7:15pm Teaching and Q&A (streamed)
7:15pm to 7:45pm Wrap-Up
7:45pm to 8:00pm Group Prayer
 
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“CU Fire was amazing. The way I was able to meet with God and connect to others has broken some chains off of my heart!! The experience was invaluable.” 
– Kimberly

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching."
– Hebrews 10:24

My first experience as a participant of a CU fire retreat connected me with like minded believers seeking the Lord for revival. Our time praying together and seeking God in the scriptures was powerful. When given the opportunity to host during the next CU fire retreat I was all in.
– Guy  

 

Future CU Fire Retreat Dates


October 14, 6-9pm - October 15, 7am-8pm, 2022
January 27, 6-9pm - January 28, 7am-8pm, 2023
April 21, 6-9pm - April 22, 7am-8pm, 2023
July 21, 6-9pm - July 22, 7am-8pm, 2023

tim kellerOver the last three centuries, revivals have had a great impact. Between 1730 and 1830 successive movements of the Holy Spirit brought a large proportion of the population into the churches. These awakenings are not ultimately the result of marketing or organization. They come, by God’s grace and in his time, in response to extraordinary prayer. Christian Union is making a serious attempt to spark this kind of prayer and devotion. I welcome it, and I’m very encouraged by it.”
Tim Keller
Redeemer Presbyterian Church and Redeemer City-to-City
New York City

“I'm thankful to God for the biblically faithful ministry of Christian Union.”
Wayne Grudem,
AB Harvard '70; M.Div. Westminster Seminary '73; Ph.D. Cambridge '79
Distinguished Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary, Scottsdale, Arizona

“Christian Union is nothing less than an answer to many prayers over the decades, not least my own.”
Eric Metaxas
New York Times #1 bestselling author, and
Host of the Eric Metaxas Show, a nationally syndicated radio program

“Christian Union, through its inspired and dedicated efforts, is doing much to prepare young people for the future by giving them a faith to live by.”
George Gallup, Jr.
Founding Chairman, The George H. Gallup International Institute