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What Is TEC?

TEC is more than just a church retreat. TEC is about relationships. As a Weekender (first time attendee), from the moment you arrive at the host church on Friday morning, you are greeted by a combined team of youth and adults who are there to serve you. It’s an entire weekend to relax, not stress about your life, and to have some time for self-reflection.

TEC is a place where high schoolers lead nearly everything. Throughout the weekend there are teenagers that give talks about their lives and how God has affected them. These talks include topics like "Who am I in relation to God?" "Responding to God's Love" and "What would Jesus Do?" After these talks you get time to have some time for self-reflection about your life. Not many places do you get to grow in your faith learning from peers the same age and place in life as you are.

Between the talks, you get to eat an endless amount of all sorts of food and talk with all kinds of new friends. There's lots of singing and other fun activities like going to a pool and having a talent share. By the end of the weekend, your table has become part of your family and you have the support of the entire TEC community. Every friendship built is through Christ and that makes it so much more powerful.

After you go back home these connections don’t go away. You will always have these people to talk to anytime, and anywhere. It is not like any typical retreat, and is a chance to grow in your personal faith and have lots of fun throughout the journey! So why not go through TEC? The worst that could happen is you have a great 3 day break from your life and you feel refreshed.


Southern Minnesota TEC strives to enrich the faith lives of teenagers and encourage them to dig deeper into their faith through being active in their faith communities at home. TEC encourages teens to enrich their faith through relationships, Bible studies, and being a leader in their church.