Events and Programs

Church Relations and Community Engagement

SleepOUT is an annual 24hour SleepOut event on campus for senior high school youth led by Pastor Grady St. Dennis and political science professor Dr. Richard Leitch. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of homelessness and learn about hunger issue, and think together about what is being done and can be done.

Exploring Religious Questions Series is a 5-week mini-course, not for credit, offered both in the fall and spring on Monday evenings. Church Relations and the Religion Department partner with area congregations to select topics of interest and offer participants the chance to dig deeper for a mature understanding of their faith.

Seminary and Divinity School Day is an annual event for college age students held in partnership with Augsburg College and Luther Seminary that brings to campus more than 15 of the nation’s top seminary and divinity schools for a day to connect, reflect, and explore theological graduate study options.

Pastor-to-Pastor is a clergy renewal program for rostered leaders of the Southwestern and Southeastern Minnesota Synods of the ELCA. Participants meet monthly in small groups and three times a year for overnight retreats at Gustavus for education, fellowship and overall spiritual renewal.

Student Leadership Day is a one day leadership development event for senior high school students. The event is designed to help students better understand what it means to be a servant-leader and to recognize leadership opportunities within their congregations, schools, communities and the wider world.

GACAC Convention is a daylong conference that celebrates the unique relationship of college and church. The Convention seeks to celebrate this relationship in three key ways: physically bringing together the college and church community for time to be together; lifting up our Christian faith and concern for shaping the lives of young people as our key common concerns; and participating in a shared day of learning around a topic that will help further the work of the Christian church.

Adult Retreats are coordinated for many variety of groups; pastor gatherings, church councils, church staff, department retreats, choir retreats, women’s groups, men’s groups, bible study small groups, etc. The GACAC Retreat Center has comfortable space for group discussions and meetings, a small kitchen for light refreshments, and a conference room equipped with overhead, easel and TV/DVD/VCR. The Retreat Center has seven bedrooms and can accommodate up to 17 overnight guests. Linens and towels are provided, and meals are available through campus dining service.

Confirmation Retreats are a very popular program offering of Gustavus. The Gustavus Youth Hostel has four suites available for overnight housing for groups. Each suite consists of a living room with three rooms and can accommodate up to 20 overnight guests. Many of the campus facilities are available for use during retreats (Christ Chapel, A/V equipped classrooms, athletic facilities, swimming pool). Each group is assigned their own retreat coordinator from Gustavus who helps the youth leader with the arrangement of campus facilities and retreat logistics. The Gustavus Youth Hostel can accommodate up to 80 overnight guests.

Youth Retreats are coordinated for a wide variety of day and overnight chaperoned youth group retreats; youth planning boards, bible study small groups, choir retreats, women’s groups, men’s groups, synod youth planning groups. The Gustavus Youth Hostel has four suites available for overnight housing for groups. Each suite consists of a living room with three rooms and can accommodate up to 20 overnight guests. Many of the campus facilities are available for use during retreats (Christ Chapel, A/V equipped classrooms, athletic facilities, swimming pool). Each group is assigned their own retreat coordinator from Gustavus who helps the youth leader with the arrangement of campus facilities and retreat logistics. The Gustavus Youth Hostel can accommodate up to 80 overnight guests. College search visits are welcomed and coordinated in partnership with the Admission Office.