Our mission at Breakaway Conference is to create a fun and stimulating environment for students to separate from daily routines and be exposed to the gospel of Christ.
Breakaway has been a family run operation for over thirty years. Our vision has always been to see students encounter Jesus Christ in a way that alters not only their high school careers, but the rest of their lives as well. We love to see students return year after year and take part in the Breakaway family.
Here are just a few key components to what make up Breakaway.
1) Music and Teaching
Worship through music is one of our favorite things about Breakaway. We begin each morning in corporate worship, reveling in the precious time to focus on the God who gathered us together. Before our evening session, we do the same, setting our hearts open before the Lord as we gather to hear from Him.
Teaching at Breakaway is orchestrated to give the students optimum time for both learning and building relationships. The morning session is designed to spark conversations between students and their peers and leaders. There are a variety of workshops in which for them to engage. The topics range from depression to dating to popular culture to tough questions. The purpose of evening sessions is to equip the students with Bible teaching and engage their hearts in a love for the Lord. Whether we are studying a theme or a specific scripture in the Bible, the teaching is always pointing to our need for the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2) Recreation and Service Project – building relationships through encouragement and sportsmanship.
Sports and competitions have been a staple at Breakaway for years. Tuesday through Thursday afternoons are full of sporting events out on the beach – ultimate Frisbee, soccer, flag football, volleyball, 100 yard dash, egg toss (the height of athleticism, ladies and gentlemen) – and on the blacktop – basketball, dodgeball, and weight lifting. We also have an early morning 5k, scavenger hunt, trivia, sandcastle building, photo contest, talent competition, pie eating, coke chugging, popsicle slugging, and, best yet, spam eating contest. No one is forced to participate in these activities but they are, of course, highly encouraged.
When an opportunity arises we also offer a service project at Breakaway. The opportunity for students to put feet to their faith strengthens their hearts and nurtures the community where Breakaway happens. Check with us first to see if a service project will be offered this year at Breakaway.
3) Youth Leader Support – forging enduring, supportive relationships with youth leader
One of the reasons we founded Breakaway in the 1980s was because we felt a need for youth leaders to be more united with one another. It has always been Breakaway’s mission to love on and support those who are shepherding young people. Becoming part of the Breakaway family means that you, as a leader, will be prayed for, loved on, and checked in with, not just for the week while we are at Breakaway, but throughout the whole year.
The Breakaway staff and work crew run everything at Breakaway so that you are able to spend as much time with your students as possible, focusing on building relationships with them and having fun. We aim to create an atmosphere where students and leaders are able to learn, play, and worship together, fostering a deeper relationship that edifies one another and glorifies the Lord.