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The CFO day is built on the belief that just as we breathe in and breathe out each day, our relationship with God should also be a time of taking in and giving out. Therefore, the CFO day includes a mixture of creative listening (taking in) and expression (expressing outward). From prayer groups to free time, each day offers you the chance to stretch and exercise your faith in new and refreshing ways.

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Parts of the Program

Morning Meditation

We begin each day listening to God and meditating on His Word as we quietly prepare ourselves for the day ahead with the Lord. The purpose of meditations in the CFO program is to unite together in an awareness of the presence of God, to refocus and prioritize our day. In the stillness we learn to "be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10).

Breakfast

Beginning our day with delicious food & fellowship.

Morning Worship (Singing)

Worshiping God through song…old hymns, contemporary worship music, and everything in between. We thrive on the joy of praise and thanksgiving to God. Authentic Worship: Going beyond the casual. Letting our faith, our desire to be true to Christ be the driver of our actions. A time and place to meet with God, no interruptions, no compromise, just honest intimacy in His presence, establishing a heart of joy as we lift our hearts and voices to God and delve into the intimacy of His presence through beautiful and meaningful song.

Children's Programs

We believe that children truly benefit from experiencing the full CFO program and that inter-generational involvement is beneficial to all participants of all ages. At CFO, children join the youth and adults in all parts of the CFO program except talks and prayer groups. During these times, children participate in parallel activities that are age appropriate, often using crafts, games, stories, and other activities that practice prayer and thanksgiving. Children's activities during the talk times are designed to invite children to go farther out with Jesus, instruct them in spiritual growth guided by Scripture, and provide an environment where they are edified and encouraged as individuals.

Depending on the attendance at a CFO Retreat, children are divided into appropriate groups based on age. Some CFO Retreats provide programs for children as young as newborns and others begin at age 3. Please check with the Registrar of the retreat you are interested in for information about the children provided for your children.

Morning Talk

One of the speakers shares with us what God has been doing in their life, a powerful testimony of God’s loving kindness and unfailing faithfulness. The purpose of talks in the CFO program is to share the principles of Kingdom Living that have had personal meaning in the life of the speaker, to inspire campers to a deeper spiritual walk, to share the impact prayer has had in their life, and to convey their personal experiences of what it means to be an "Athlete in the Spirit".

Rhythms

Rhythms (also known as “Devotion in Motion”) is the part of the CFO day where we worship God with our whole bodies by combining music, dance, and exercise in an uninhibited and child-like giving of ourselves in physical praise and worship to God. It is a time of exercise, release, play, and prayer. "In Him we live and move and have our being." Acts 17:28.

Creatives

This part of the CFO day offers opportunities of listening and expressing in visible and audible ways the things that God has been speaking over us and to us. Campers are invited to enter the kindergarten of creativity and discover all the joyous opportunities for spiritual expression. Often times, it offers us the chance to listen to and record our bravest prayers.

Lunch

A time to refuel our bodies with delicious tastiness.

Horizontal Hour (Rest Time)

Also known as rest time! Founder, Glenn Clark envisioned this part of the CFO day as a time of quiet reflection on the day’s events, a time to rest the body and mind and allow God to work within us. This time helps maintain the balance of the day's activities and helps us to feel refreshed each day. It’s a break from the going and interacting, a chance for a nap and some time to simply lay down and relax in the presence of our Almighty God. It's the Sabbath of every day!

Free Time

Not to be minimized in the CFO program, free time is provided for recreation of one’s own choosing. It’s a loving respite, a chance to visit with other campers, read, take a hike, play outdoors, check out the book table, gather together to challenge each other in a game of ultimate frisbee, or take in some of the fascinating beauty that surrounds the camp.

Prayer Prep and Prayer Groups

Prayer Preparation brings us back together to realign our focus on Christ. Prayer Prep challenges our everyday notion of what prayer is, we are encouraged to experiment with prayer. It calls campers into attitudes of earnest prayer, prayer without boundaries, and brave prayers. Prayer is the foundation of the CFO experience and involves silent prayer, spoken prayer, prayer for individual concerns, and group prayer. Because we have learned that God truly answers prayer, we take everything to Him readily, and with confidence. The primary purpose of Prayer Groups is to seek God and experience His loving presence, to let go of our needs and listen for His guidance. We take the principles of relinquishment, forgiveness, agreement, joyous expectancy, trust, and giving thanks and we bring them to life.

Supper

More yummy food.

Evening Worship (Singing)

Worshiping God through song…old hymns, contemporary worship music, and everything in between. We thrive on the joy of praise and thanksgiving to God. Authentic Worship: Going beyond the casual. Letting our faith, our desire to be true to Christ be the driver of our actions. A time and place to meet with God, no interruptions, no compromise, just honest intimacy in His presence, establishing a heart of joy as we lift our hearts and voices to God and delve into the intimacy of His presence through beautiful and meaningful song.

Evening Talk

A second chance to hear what God has been and continues to do in the heart and life of one of the speakers. The testimony of the layman to who God is and how much He loves us. During this time, one of the speakers shares with us what God has been doing in their life, a powerful testimony of God’s loving kindness and unfailing faithfulness. The purpose of talks in the CFO program is to share the principles of Kingdom Living that have had personal meaning in the life of the speaker, to inspire campers to a deeper spiritual walk, to share the impact prayer has had in their life, and to convey their personal experiences of what it means to be an "Athlete in the Spirit."

9 O'Clock Prayer

We end the evening talk with a corporate prayer. At 9pm, in each time zone around the world, CFOers set aside a moment of their day to pray this simple prayer for peace. Together, we become part of the belt of prayer around the world as we pray the 9 O'Clock. Although this may be a new idea, the prayer is not entirely unfamiliar: "Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will by done on earth as it is in heaven. Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. Amen."

Afterglow (Snacks)

Simply put, this is a time for a small but tasty pre-bedtime snack and informal fellowship with each other. Evening snacks are a time for casual conversations at the end of the day, time to decompress, laugh, and talk with and enjoy one another over snacks and drinks.

Junior and Senior High

We believe that the Jr. High and High School kids truly benefit from experiencing the full CFO program and that inter-generational involvement is beneficial to all participants of all ages. At CFO, the youth join the adults in all of the parts of the CFO day's program with the exception of prayer groups and evening Afterglow. During these times, they participate in parallel activities that are age appropriate. JH and HS Youth meet with the leaders during Prayer Group time to pray together and for each other, to discover living prayer, and to foster environments of mutual support and care for each other. All of the youth activities are designed to invite them to go farther out with Jesus, encourage and practice teamwork, instruct them in spiritual growth guided by Scripture, and provide an environment where they are edified and encouraged as individuals. Additionally, JH High and High School kids meet again after evening snacks for fun and challenging night activities designed to challenge and strengthen each camper’s personal relationship with Christ and provide an opportunity to learn about the heart of God and how to tangibly apply these things to daily life. Youth activities may involve night missions, ministry time, development of Christian life skills, and other activities that practice teamwork, prayer, faith, perseverance, and thanksgiving. ***Please note that each youth (under age 18) must have a parent/guardian or adult sponsor in attendance with them throughout the CFO week. They must be housed with that parent/guardian or adult sponsor unless alternative arrangements have already been made with the CFO Chairperson.***

College/Career

We believe that the college kids and career/young adults truly benefit from experiencing the full CFO program and that inter-generational involvement is beneficial to all participants of all ages. At CFO, the college/career group joins the adults in all of the parts of the CFO day's program. Some CFO Retreats additionally provide the College and Career group planned gathering times after evening snacks for fun and challenging activities designed to provide fellowship, challenge and strengthen each camper’s personal relationship with Christ, and provide an opportunity to learn about the heart of God and how to tangibly apply these things to daily life. College and Career activities often involve discussions on Christian life skills and living in the abundance of Christ, ministry time, and game-like activities that practice profound truths, teamwork, mutual edification, prayer, faith, perseverance, and thanksgiving. All of the college/career activities are designed to invite them to go farther out with Jesus, encourage and practice a love-saturated community, instruct in spiritual growth guided by Scripture, and provide an environment where they are edified and encouraged as individuals.

Lights Out

This is goodnight…a purposeful bedtime put in place to help us maintain energy and health throughout the week so that we can get the most out of all the activities and be alert for all that God intends to show us.

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