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Student registration is now open

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The Forge Retreat is a 3-day, 2-night retreat for incoming freshman and transfer students to birmingham area schools such as UAB, Samford, Jeff State, and Montevallo. At the retreat, students will have the chance to get to know ministries and churches in the Birmingham area. They will be connected with upperclassmen and other students and encouraged in their walks with Christ...all before their first day of class!


August 2-4, 2024!
Hargis Christian Camp
928 CR-461 Chelsea, AL


The Forge Retreat exists to help freshmen start college on a firm foundation by helping them connect to Christ, connect to Christ centered community, and be ready to live vibrantly in and bear fruit for Christ in college!

What to expect

Learn more about where we will be and what we will be doing! Click below for more details about The Forge Retreat!

Ministry Partners

We believe the local church is a vital part of your walk with Christ in college. Learn more about the ministry partners of The Forge Retreat and the opportunities you'll have to get connected!

Retreats at other schools

The Forge Retreat operates under The Oaks Collaborative - a non-profit who desires to bridge the gap between the unengaged/overlooked and connect them to Christ and His church. 

The Oaks Collaborative hosts freshman retreats like The Forge Retreat at various different colleges and universities, click below to learn more! 

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