InterVarsity Fall Conference Camino

Instead of the typical four-talk fall-conference format—especially in our current screen-heavy ministry life—consider an alternative. The Weekend Digital Camino is an embodied spiritual practice that:

  • creates space to connect with Jesus
  • fosters community around a shared experience, and
  • tends the soil for fruitful revival and sustainable justice work.

Give your students (and yourself!) the gift of embodying the last part of our 2020 ONSO theme: Walk humbly with our God.

Key Components

4-5 WALKS: Connect with God

Each audio-guided walk explores a Camino theme using a psalm, poem, scripture reflection, and prayer, plus a video blessing and a companion PDF journal for deeper reflection.

Arising directly from the Camino de Santiago in Spain, our themes are:

  • Walk 1: Simplicity
  • Walk 2: Presence
  • Walk 3: Hospitality & Gratitude
  • Walk 4: Perseverance
  • Walk 5: A Way of Life

DEBRIEF GROUPS: Process the Experience

Gather into local small groups (in whatever way makes sense for your context) after each walk to interpret what God showed you and discern what he is inviting you to do next.

GROUP EVENTS: Grow as a Community

Gather your chapter/area to connect around some of the gifts of communal life found along the Camino in Spain: meals, games, coffee breaks, deep discussion.

SOCIAL SHARING: Be Part of Something Bigger

Use your local chapter's existing social media to share pictures, reflections, and words from God. Use #ivcamino to connect to the other fall conferences walking their own Caminos throughout October 2020.

FLEXIBILITY: Connect with God

The Digital Camino gives your chapter/area the flexibility to adapt the schedule and create additional content that meets its needs this semester. This might include:

  • Additional scripture engagement
  • Camino-themed events, e.g. film discussion, Spanish worship, paella
  • Group devotional or prayer time
  • Call to faith & action

Sample Fall Conference Itinerary

Your staff team can choose the best schedule to meet your chapter's or area's needs this fall. If you decide to do a Fall Conference Camino, we'll give you access to an editable version of our sample schedule in Canva.

View Sample Fall Conference Schedule

Resources

Check out our page with a growing supply of all the materials you'll need for your Fall Conference Camino (staff login required).

Resources include:

  • A web-app with all the audio guides
  • Audio guide summaries
  • An Instagram campaign to help you recruit students
  • An InterVarsity-branded slide deck template
  • Videos to run an interactive orientation
  • A closing-session outline that includes a call to faith & action
  • More!