Conferences & Christian Retreats

Since the beginning of our ministry in 1915, we have recognized the need to provide men, women, couples, single parents, families, youth and other groups with a place away from the world where they can rest, recover and be spiritually renewed. Cedar Lake Ministries provides a life changing environment for evangelism and spiritual growth. We have discovered that as people take the opportunity to disconnect from the pressures of daily life, they find it easier to connect with God. Their relationships are renewed and revitalized and they find hope, joy, and encouragement.

Make It Memorable

Our staff wants your stay with us to be a memorable one. Free time for your group might be spent lounging on cozy sofas and chairs in front of an inviting fireplace, or taking a moment of reflection surrounded by nature in one of the gazebos or benches…maybe even relaxing on a charming porch swing overlooking the lake. Find a more active recreational outlet with a match on the tennis court or a pick-up game of basketball.

You’ll wake refreshed after a peaceful nights’ sleep in one of the comfortable beds in our overnight lodging. There are accommodations for up to 345 guests. Then meet back up again with your group over fresh coffee and a top-notch breakfast in the Oaks Dining Hall.

Our conference and retreat center is designed with you in mind. We are open all year.

The conference level of the Oaks Dining Hall is located just below the dining hall and is accessible by stairs, outside walkways, and an elevator. The Meeting rooms can be set up for a many different layouts and for multiple functions. The Oaks is a great location for meetings and special events. We are able to supply your setup needs, including tables, chairs, and audio/video.

For your convenience bathrooms and a water fountain are on the same level. Don’t forget to visit the “Kandy Kabin” our conference center store and snack shop!

Possible Meeting Room Configurations

“The location is beautiful–the dining room overlooks the lake, they offer linen service, and the food is incredible. The auditorium where we held the ceremony is also beautiful, with lots of windows that allow natural beauty of the outdoors in. It’s very open and clean and new without being too stiff. It can go towards a more formal or a more casual feel. The staff is easy to work with. Highly recommended.”A Happy Couple

Why hold your conference or retreat at Cedar Lake Ministries?

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Beautiful Grounds

Our staff wants your stay with us to be a memorable one. Free time for your group might be spent lounging on cozy sofas and chairs in front of an inviting fireplace, or taking a moment of reflection surrounded by nature in one of the gazebos or benches…maybe even relaxing on a charming porch swing overlooking the lake. Find a more active recreational outlet with a match on the tennis court or a pick-up game of basketball.

Oaks Dining Hall

Oaks Dining Hall is located on the crest of a hill overlooking beautiful Cedar Lake in Northwest Indiana.

The walks and terraces are designed with plenty of vistas for your viewing pleasure. Take a seat in the lower level deck chairs; listen to the waves lapping against the shore or just pause on the winding walkways to reflect.
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Torrey Auditorium

Torrey Auditorium is one of the oldest buildings on site. Set just back from the bluff overlooking the lake, it is one of the original Monon Railroad structures.  Renovated in the fall of 2000 with a new foundation, windows, carpet, seating, lighting and sound system, heating and air conditioning, this building is full of history and has been listed on the registry of National Historic Landmarks.

Recreational Opportunities:

  • A 794-acre lake with private beach & pier, swimming, boating, canoeing, and sand volleyball
  • Basketball & tennis courts
  • Rec building with pool & ping pong tables
  • Softball field
  • Soccer field close by
  • 2 gazebos
  • Picnic shelters, and many other activities.
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Comfortable Accommodations

There are a variety of options for comfortable accommodations at Cedar Lake Ministries. We serve all types of groups with lodging ranging from private hotel-style rooms to family-style lodging with kitchenettes, and typical camp housing with rustic dorm-style rooms and bunkbeds. Your choice depends on your group’s needs.

Excellent Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Options

Enjoy the ambience of a crackling fire and fine company. Set on a tree lined crest, lake views on three sides greet you in the 325-seat Oaks Dining Hall. Everyone will find a perfect seat to relax and enjoy a fine meal and conversation. Panoramic views and seasonal beauty provide refreshment for your soul while our award winning culinary staff will delight your palate. If you don’t have something you need, just let us know and we will be happy to serve you. More on your dining options.

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Tips for Panning a Memorable Group Retreat: Photo of Photo of young men and women having fun at an event at Cedar Lake Ministries on the shore of beautiful Cedar Lake in Indiana just 35 miles south of Chicago IL. The perfect spot for Christian retreats, conferences, weddings, senior & ladies events, and youth camps both day and overnight.