Not your Average Church Camp

Bring the TPN Retreat to your church or city!

Help teens gain a deeper understanding into how they are uniquely designed and what they can do to impact their school campuses and beyond.  Based on the book, Throat Punch Normal, Authors Joe Elliott and Zac Tinney will guide students through a journey of self awareness and help them unlock those hidden talents and passions within them.

 
 
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Insightful, Empowering and Inspiring

There is a deep groaning among this generation for identity, purpose and belonging.  They are searching for something authentic that speaks to their soul and individuality.  

The TPN Retreat was created to meet this need and will walk students through how their specific life experiences, natural talents, spiritual gifts, personality types and passions fit together to form a beautiful mosaic that was designed with an end in mind.

 

 
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SEE THE TPN RETREAT IN ACTION BELOW

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Make it your own

Allow our team to customize an experience that speaks to your specific ministry needs and goals. Consider partnering with other local church groups to create synergy and a sense of shared mission in your region. Costs start at only $2,500 plus travel expenses.

MC Bios

 
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JOE ELLIOTT

Founder and Executive Director of Catalyst Teen Center, Joe has 20 years experience mentoring, coaching and leading the next generation.  In addition to his extensive ministry experience, Joe also had a successful professional career in the technology sector winning awards from his time at Dell, ADT Security and more.  Having a diversified career in both for-profit and non-profit sectors has helped Joe use his creative gifts to build one of the most unique, impactful organizations in Austin.

  • MBTI Certified Practitioner

  • 20 years experience mentoring and coaching

  • BBA in Management and Marketing, Texas State University

  • Published writer, accomplished entrepreneur, speaker and leadership architect

  • Must see movies:  Moneyball, Warrior, Pitch Perfect, Southpaw, Matrix

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ZAC TINNEY

Program Director and co Vision-air of Catalysts' unique approach, Zac helped Joe bring the vision of Catalyst to life back in 2011 and has continued to leverage his creative talents to architect new ways of thinking about ministry.  Graduating from Concordia University with a BBA in Business Administration, Zac is a master in knowing how to create progress in systems and people.  

  • BA in Business Administration, Concordia University

  • Lead Teacher, Ministry Architect, Mentor and Innovator

  • Must see movies: Moneyball, Matrix, Hands on a Hard Body (classic documentary)

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KAITLYN TINNEY

Kaitlyn is the lead of Equinox and a Multi Instrument musician. Her heart for the next generation led her to pursue her Bachelors in Counseling from Southwestern Assemblies of God in Waxahachie and she gets plenty of practice thanks to Zac. She is a small group guru loving to work with young girls and specializing in addiction and abuse recovery.

 

Sample Retreat Schedule (Weekend)

 

Friday (Day 1)

6pm - Check in

7pm - Icebreakers

7:45pm - Main Session #1 Life Experiences and Passions

8:30pm - Breakout Session 1 - Small Groups

9:15pm - Live Music & Reflection or Traditional Worship




Saturday (Day 2)

8:30am - Main Session #2 Personality Types and Natural Talents

9:15am - Breakout Session 2 - Small Groups

10am - Local Church Led (Games, Projects or Outreach)

12pm - Lunch + Free Time

2pm - Local Church Led (Games, Projects or Outreach)

6pm - Dinner

7pm - Main Session #3 Embracing Your Unique Design

7:45pm - Breakout Session 3 - Small Groups

8:30pm - Closing Reflection/Worship

Sunday (Day 3)

8:30am - Main Session #4 Putting it all together

9:15am - Breakout Session 4 - Small Groups

10am - Closing Church Service/Worship

 

BRING TPN TO YOU

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TPN FAQ

Does the retreat have to be 3 days?

Nope. We can customize the retreat to be as short as 2 days or as long as 5 days. We also offer TPN workshops that can be done in one day starting at ~$1,000. 2 to 3 day retreats start at $2,500 and 4 to 5 day retreats start at $3,500.

Do you provide the worship and activities?

The base price for the retreat ($2,500) covers the opening icebreakers, main session topics, help planning and marketing the retreat and online training for your team of small group leaders. You would supply the worship team, small group leaders and agenda (games or outreach). We can provide and plan all of the worship for an additional $500.

How much do travel and expenses cost?

Joe and Zac travel as a team as much as possible. To save money, they are happy to stay in local host homes that you provide. They are based in Austin, Texas and will drive anywhere that is within a 5 hour radius of Austin, otherwise, flight arrangements would need to be made. Other costs such as food, gas, Uber or other retreat supplies will just depend on how we customize the retreat. We eat what you eat, no special considerations needed.

Is there a limit to the number of students that can attend?

No. The cost is the same whether you have 20 students or 500 students. It's really up to you how big or small you want to make the retreat.

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