Family Church and Conference Center
Christian Retreat is the ideal backdrop for those seeking an inspirational weekend getaway to become refreshed in body, soul and spirit. Christian Retreat's 110 acres on the pristine banks of the lazy Manatee River portrays a natural beauty that goes beyond the ordinary, a blending of spiritual and physical, a place where your needs will be met.
Located on Florida’s sunny Gulf coast, Christian Retreat is approximately 60 miles south of Tampa/St. Petersburg and just north of Sarasota. The white, sandy beaches of world-renowned Anna Maria Island are just a 30-minute drive away.
A selection of lodging options include 135 hotel-style, air-conditioned rooms, reasonably-priced, bordering a tropical lagoon on the banks of the Manatee River. Rooms have 2 queen-size beds, TVs. Some kitchenettes and suites available. Beautiful, vaulted lobby, peaceful patio areas. Click on Accommodations for details.
Agape Gardens Cafeteria, overlooking a peaceful pond and gazebo, is located steps away from lodging and meeting areas. Buffet-style meals served daily during Conferences. Mission Oasis coffee bar, in the ITC building, offers gourmet coffee, beverages and snacks. Vending machines are located throughout the campus.
International Training Center (ITC)
Multi-purpose meeting rooms of various sizes, and administration offices, are located in the 2-story ITC building. The spacious lobby includes a reception area, Book and Gift shop and Mission Oasis coffee bar. Nursery and Sunday School rooms located upstairs.
This 800-seat auditorium with balcony is fully-equipped with audio and video capabilities and serves as the hub for ministry activities at the Retreat. Book and Gift shop located in rear. Tabernacle is adjacent to the ITC building.
YEX Youth Center
The new Youth Center includes a full-size gym, the Gallery meeting room has state-of-the-art lighting and sound, and a teen fellowship room with snack bar and gaming area. Regular sports activities and youth meetings held weekly.
Recreational amenities at Christian Retreat include a large outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, volleyball courts, shuffleboard, basketball courts and canoes. An Exercise Room is located inside the YEX Center. World-class golf courses are minutes away.