Rooted Retreat

Introducing incoming SHSU students to the local body of Christ in Huntsville. Rooted Retreat is a Christ-centered retreat at Sam Houston State University. It is a 3 day retreat experience held in August for incoming students at SHSU. It exists to welcome incoming students to campus and introduce them to the body of Christ in Huntsville by connecting them to other students, local churches, and ministries that will provide biblical community and fellowship founded on the truth of scripture and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It seeks to explicitly share the gospel, allow for students to meet fellow believers, and encourages involvement in a local Huntsville church.

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If you are an incoming student at Sam Houston State University Rooted Retreat is for YOU! You may be just starting your college career or transferring from another university. We want you to find Godly community and a local church family. 

Over the three days of Rooted Retreat, you will connect with churches and campus ministries that will provide a lasting community founded on Jesus Christ and the Gospel. Your time will allow engagement in small group discussions, speaker and worship sessions, and a whole lot of fun. Additionally, our ministry fair allows you the opportunity to learn from the local churches and ministries in the Huntsville area that love college students well. We pray that you leave the retreat with new friendships with fellow believers, support, and encouragement that will help your transition to college life. 

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Rooted Retreat 2021 will be August 6th-8th. 

Rooted Retreat is open for any incoming students at Sam Houston State University. Freshmen or Transfer, we want to connect with you!

We will welcome as many incoming students as possible and we currently have plenty of space. Our staff is full of current students that are excited to meet you.  

Rooted Retreat has a $150 registration fee. 

Yes! Students seeking a need-based scholarship can fill out this form: Scholarship Request Form

Our Beliefs


We believe that there is one God eternally existing in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:1-3 ; Psalm 139 Matthew 28:19)

The Bible 

We believe that the Bible is God's written revelation to man and that it is inspired, authoritative, and without error in the original manuscripts. (2 Timothy 3:16- 17, Isaiah 40:8 )

Jesus Christ

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, death on the cross to provide for our redemption, bodily resurrection and ascension into heaven, present ministry of intercession for us, and His return to earth in power and glory. (2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:5-11 )

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, that He performs the miracle of new birth in an unbeliever and indwells believers, enabling them to live a godly life (1 Corinthians 12:13; 1 Corinthians 2:10-13).


We believe that man was created in the image of God, but because of sin, was alienated from God. That alienation can be removed through God’s grace alone by faith alone in Jesus Christ, apart from works. (Ephesians 2:1-10)

Sin and Salvation

We believe that Christ died on the cross as a substitute for sinners. God imputed the guilt of our sins to Christ, and He, in our place, bore the punishment that we deserve. This was a full payment for sins, which satisfied both the wrath and the righteousness of God so that He could forgive sinners without compromising His own holy standard. And salvation is thus a free and unearnable gift. (Isaiah 53:6; Isaiah 53:12; Romans 3:25 2 Corinthians 5:21 Galatians 3:13 Hebrews 10:1-4)

2021 Retreat Details


Freshmen and transfer students will be placed in one of three co-ed "crews" and within that crew, they will be placed in a gender-specific small group with fellow students and a small group leader. Students will attend speaker and worship sessions, engage in small group discussions, and receive content designed to encourage, support, and, guide you as you step into this next chapter of life. You will also attend a ministry fair that will allow you to learn about local churches and ministries in the Huntsville area and meet the leaders of those ministries. 

2021 Dates August 6-8th 

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The cost of Rooted Retreat is $150 which includes lodging, meals, a t-shirt, and all the experiences of Rooted Retreat. 

We do not want the cost of Rooted to deter anyone from attending. For this reason, we have need-based scholarships. If you are in need of financial assistance to attend Rooted, please complete the Scholarship Request Form. Your request will be reviewed and processed on a first-come-first-serve basis. You will be notified of your scholarship award by our team, with further instructions that you will need to register. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Once your registration is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email immediately upon completing your registration. In addition, you will receive an email with further details a few weeks prior to Rooted Retreat with important reminders. Otherwise, we'll see you in August!

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Still looking to apply for a scholarship?

Students who wish to apply for a need-based scholarship can do so through the following form:

Scholarship Request Form


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Registration is currently open and will close on August 2, 2021 at 12AM EST

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Support Rooted Retreat

We would ask that your first and foremost contribution would be prayer for the retreat and the leadership team who are devoting their time and effort to starting Rooted Retreat. In addition, spreading the word to incoming freshmen and your local church is a great help to us!

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