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TCK Office & the College Years

"Once a TCK, Always a TCK"

Thanksgiving Retreat

College & working TCKs are invited to the annual TCK Thanksgiving Retreat in Winter Park, Colorado. This retreat, which goes from the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to the Sunday following,  is a time to ski, snowboard or just hang out with TCK friends, both old and new ones.  Activities are provided during the afternoons .  Sessions in the morning and evening provide a spiritual retreat designed to help TCKs transitioning in their college-years to grow in their relationship with the Father.

 Thanksgiving Retreat is for TCKs who have graduated from high school and who have not yet turned 23 (they must still be 22 by the first day of retreat).  All TCKs,  regardless of their parent’s current status are invited. 

 The retreat is intended to have little or no cost for the TCK.  All lodging, meal and activity costs are covered by the TCK program. 

 Airfare from any US city for the first year of attendance is also provided by the TCK program; * Airfare for an TCKs second and subsequent years of attending the retreat, travel to and from Colorado will be paid from the  parents’ (00) account if the account has sufficient funds. If there are insufficient funds in the (00) account, airfare costs will also be covered for these students by the TCK program. * If the family is no longer listed as active at the time of the retreat, the TCK will be responsible for the cost of airfare, but all other retreat expenses will be covered by the TCK program. 

*Note to parents: All TCK travel is accumulated to taxable income for the parent. Due to the tax issue, the cost of the ticket will still appear on your (00) statement, but a reimbursement from the TCK program account will also post in the same statement period. 

To attend the retreat, contact the TCKI Office.


TCKs who would like the opportunity to minister overseas, broaden their understanding of the mission field, bring perspective to their future role in the Great Commission, and serve as models for younger TCKs should consider going on an TCK task force trip. Most often (although not exclusively) , Task Force teams to go to Regional and Area retreats to minister to younger TCKs.  

Task forces are self-funded trips. Usually team members are asked to raise their own airfare plus additional funds to help pay for the event.  With Regional Director approval, parents may be able to pay for some or all of a Task Force trip for their TCK using (00) funds. 

For information on upcoming Task Forces, click here.  Feel free to contact the TCK office at any time with questions about Task Forces and to retrieve the Task Force application.

Working MT/PFO, MR, and Re-Entry

One of the historical strengths of the MT/MR TCK program is that the veteran TCKs teach the new TCKs.  For this reason, veteran TCKs are encouraged to apply for a paid position at the camps each summer. Staff positions are available to work with every age group from birth through Senior High.  The employment dates vary slightly from year to year, but usually center around the month of June and sometimes into July.

 All housing and most meals are covered during the time of hire, so TCK staff need only pay for their meals on free days throughout the program. Up to $500 in travel expenses is reimbursable (with receipts) for travel expenses to/from Springfield.  Applications are accepted from January 1st through April 1st.   Hiring decisions are made the week of April 15th.  Hiring is done on a seniority basis, so applicants are asked to indicate their top three choices of programs to work. Contact the TCKI Office for more application information.

Return Trip to the Field

TCKs who were raised on the field may return to visit their parents overseas one time paid for out of the TCK Travel Fund.  The intent of this trip is to allow TCKs closure and a chance to say goodbye to that chapter in their life.  The criteria for this trip are:

  1. The TCK must have graduated from high school and be under the age of 23.
  2. The TCK must be returning to the field where they spent at least part of their growing-up years.
  3. The TCK parent must still be active, currently working in that field.

 Approved trips are covered by the TCK Travel Fund, which is supported through a standard monthly deduction of $10 from the parents’ account. Expenses for non-TCK spouses are not covered.

 To begin processing an TCK Return Trip, parents should contact their Area Director for approval.

Once the official approvals have been completed, the family has two options for purchasing airline tickets for their TCK.

  1. You may purchase the airline ticket for your TCK’s return trip.  Claim the expense on your next quarterly report and the funds will be transferred back to your account from the TCK travel account.
  2. Contact your Financial Services representative.  He/she can work directly with your needs and with Great Southern Travel to purchase a ticket in your TCKs name and bill the TCK travel account directly.*

*Note to parents: All TCK travel is accumulated to taxable income for the parent.  Due to the tax issue, the cost of the ticket will still appear on your (00) statement, but a reimbursement from the TCK travel account will also post in the same statement period.