Family Steps

A Weekend Retreat for Families 

Family Steps is a weekend retreat for families with children and teens who are struggling through difficult challenges. This retreat is open to traditional families, as well as grandfamilies, relative caregivers, step-families, blended and adoptive families.

Facing a more serious crisis?  Read about Next Step, Bethel’s crisis housing program for parents 18 and over with children, or learn more about residential programs for children and teens. 


The intensive weekend retreat is held in a large welcoming home on our Hixson campus, two weekends per month. The retreat begins with dinner on Friday and ends by noon on Sunday.

This intensive retreat will help your family learn valuable communication, relationship skills and spiritual truths to work through areas of conflict that are causing family struggles. This weekend also provides a break from the daily challenges that are disrupting family life.

Over the course of the weekend, Family Steps facilitators use a Christ-centered approach to help your family understand the root causes of conflict in your home.

The cost for the weekend is $575 per family and there is some financial aid for cases of need. The $575 retreat cost includes:

— Lodging on Friday and Saturday nights for all family members

— All meals and snacks throughout the weekend

— Linens and towels

— All program materials

— Intensive family workshops and breakout activities

— Fun family activities throughout the weekend


See the Weekend Itinerary

Weekends are filled on a first-come first-served basis.  Call 423.842.5757 Ext. 1-245


Your weekend is hosted by a married couple with years of experience working with youth and families. The weekend concludes with a chapel service and the creation of a family covenant. 


Please note that Bethel is a TOBACCO-FREE campus. If you have concerns or questions, please contact us.

It’s Easy To Apply

Interested? Please fill out the online application below. The information will help us prepare a very personalized program for your weekend. To apply for Financial Aid, use this form.

If you need to pause or take a break, you can save this form and continue later. Just use the secure link that appears after you choose to save the form. To apply for financial aid, use this form.


Family Steps Application