What is an Intensive Retreat?

  • Deep listening to an entire life story
  • Specific teaching
  • Correction, if needed
  • Encouragement and hope in Christ
  • Practical assignments
  • Prayer
  • Lasts 1-3 days
  • Includes advocates
  • Held at the Elgin Campus in the Biblical Soul Care House

Why Intensive Retreats?

  • Knots are sometimes so tight more than a weekly one-hour session is needed to break through
  • Lack of distraction from everyday life

Who would qualify for an Intensive Retreat?

  • Complex situations: spiritual, physical, and emotional complexity over an extended period of time
  • Issues that are acute in nature (crisis situations)
  • People who find themselves in places where they cannot see a way out
  • Cases where help is needed more quickly, and more intensively than weekly sessions can provide
  • Deeply depression, despairing about life
  • Tragic loss, great pain and suffering
  • Deep webs of deception
  • Problems stemming from serious and life-dominating sin
  • Long standing marital conflict

What to Expect During an Intensive Retreat:

Day 1:
8:45 AM  Arrival
9:00 AM-9:30 AM  Prayer
9:30 AM-12:30 PM  Counseling
12:30 PM-2:00 PM  Lunch break
2:00 PM-5:30 PM  Counseling
5:30 PM-6:30 PM  Dinner
6:30 PM-8:30 PM  Homework with advocates
 Day 2:
 9:00 AM-9:30 AM   Prayer
 9:30 AM-12:30 PM   Counseling
 12:30 PM- 2:00 PM   Lunch break
 2:00 PM-5:00 PM   Counseling
 5:00 PM-5:30 PM  Wrap up/Counselor departure
 5:30 PM-6:30 PM   Counselee/advocate cleanup and departure


  • All food will be provided for you during your stay at the Biblical Soul Care House
  • Please let us know about any food allergies you might have

What to Bring:

  • Toiletries and clothes for an overnight stay (as you would for a hotel)
  • Bible
  • Notebook
  • Pen

Where Do Intensive Retreats Take Place?

Intensive Retreats occur on our Elgin Campus at the Biblical Soul Care House, which is located on the property of the Elgin Campus.


Individuals or couples going through Intensive Soul Care Retreats will be responsible for paying the associated fees. Fees are charged based on the time required of staff, overnight accommodations, and other associated expenses. Fees charged by BSC only offset a small portion of our cost.

Typical Results of an Intensive Retreat

  • Significant change to depend on Christ
  • Different outlook on life
  • Vision for what victory in Christ can look like for a trial or struggle
  • Catalyst for transformational change long-term

NOTE: As a word of caution, we would like to tell you that deciding on who needs an intensive, how long the retreat will be, and when it might happen lies solely in the hands of the senior Soul Care staff and is always decided on a case-by-case basis. So, while you may think this could help you, we reserve the right to make final determination on what is best for your situation. If you think you are in need of counseling, please check out these guidelines to help you determine how to receive care.

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