Presbyterian Cursillo and Pilgrimage Spiritual Renewal Retreats
What resources do you need to conduct a Presbyterian
Cursillo or Pilgrimage?
1. People: The most critical need is for people. Weekends typically average about thirty pilgrims (though they run anywhere from 15 to 45). You need about 32-35 staff members for a typical weekend. They usually include 3 clergy and 2 to 5 musicians. This does not include kitchen help. There is also a need for several other people to take active roles in support of each weekend.
2. Someplace to hold it: This will be a fairly extensive facility - it must provide sleeping rooms for everybody - some groups prefer no more than two to a room. It must feed everyone in one room at one time. It must have another single room in which the whole group can assemble - to include five or six groups of 7 or 8 at tables. It must have a room which can be used as a chapel - seating everyone in the group - for the weekend. It must have one or more work rooms for the staff. If nothing else, work space will take at least two sleeping rooms - not available for anyone to occupy. You need space to park a lot of cars. These are minimum requirements. The bottom line: You need more space than you think you do.
3. Materials: Cursillo uses a whole lot of stuff! That's not immediately obvious to the pilgrim, but if you've attended a weekend, think back. If you've staffed a weekend - you may understand the problem. Much of it will have to be purchased, or donated. There's quite a lot of printed material - including your own song books. Some materials can be made by members of your community. It's a good idea to make lists of needed items available to those who support the new movement - they'll surprise you by what they come up with. You will need bins and boxes to store the stuff in, and access to a trailer or truck to move it all in.
4. Cash: A typical weekend costs somewhere in the range of $8,000 to $20,000. Most of this can be borne by pilgrim and staff fees. Staff pay their own way - and they're there for four nights! How much you charge pilgrims is up to you - and your available funds. Some communities avoid charging pilgrim fees or reduce them by various means (donations, sponsors paying for pilgrims, etc.) Other, non-weekend costs are usually minimal.