The Urban Encounter is designed to create a time and place where senior high school students and adults experience urban ministry by living in the Lower Lights community for up to 5 days*. The experience combines learning—on topics like poverty, social justice, and community development—service projects with Lower Lights and other partnering organizations, and spiritual discipleship. Our goal is that individuals who come and live among us, where Christ is presently at work, will be transformed through their encounters with Christ and our community.

*We can accommodate weekend retreats.These are designed for small groups, leadership teams, or groups wanting to do team building and spiritual discipleship in an urban city setting. We can work with your group in designing a theme or special emphasis for your group's retreat.

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A Typical Itinerary

When you bring your group to an Urban Encounter at Lower Lights, your day will likely include the following:

  • Morning devotional and breakfast
  • Interactive seminar on the Culture of Poverty
  • Walking tour of Franklinton
  • Service projects with partnering organizations
  • Dinner
  • Debrief/testimonies from the Lower Lights community

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Group Size

We can comfortably accommodate up to 15 people. Encounters are designed for senior high and college-age students and adults.


Groups will stay on site at one of our Lower Lights Ministries' properties. (Lower Lights staff members live on site as well.)


Cost for an Urban Encounter is $40/person per day, which includes lodging, daily meals, scheduling, and administrative and project materials.

Deposit and Cancellation Policy

Non-refundable deposit: We require a $100 non-refundable deposit to be paid 30 days prior to your arrival date.

Non-refundable fees help cover our costs that are incurred in preparing for your team's arrival, which include project arrangements with our partnering community organizations, project costs, and food preparation.

If you need to cancel your trip for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible as we make commitments with our ministry partners for your group to serve.

For more Information, contact us at (614) 228-3855.