Great Food. Great Talks. Amazing Grace.


Enjoy a weekend of focusing on God. The Great Banquet looks at living out Christianity and is an orderly, structured weekend experience designed to strengthen and refresh the faith of Christians, whether lifelong or just starting out. The priority of the Great Banquet is growing and renewing God’s beloved people, his church.

Upcoming Events

Please fill out an application in advance as reservations are required.

Women’s Great Banquet #145

Lay Director: Kara Ranieri


Thursday, September 19, 2024 - Sunday, September 22, 2024

Men’s Great Banquet #146

Lay Director: Mark Thacker


Thursday, September 26, 2024 - Sunday, September 29, 2024

About the Great Banquet

Part of an international ministry, Great Banquets are held in Zionsville, Indiana in the fall and spring seasons at Zionsville Presbyterian Church. The Banquet is a 72-hour experience running Thursday evening through Sunday evening. Guests stay on-site at the church the entire weekend and enjoy wonderful meals, thoughtful talks and conversations in a small group setting. It is open to all denominations or to anyone seeking a relationship with Christ. Reservations are required and spaces are allotted on a first-come basis. If space is not available in the upcoming season’s banquet, guests are guaranteed a spot in the next season. Please register early.

Brian and Susan O’Dell serve as Community Lay Directors of the Zionsville Great Banquet. Each season’s banquet has its own Lay Director.

Guests attend full 72 hours on-site

Separate weekends for men and women

All meals included / Dietary Restrictions and Food Allergies Accommodated

Cots and shower facilities


What is the purpose of the Great Banquet?

The focus of the Great Banquet is to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and to make him known. The objective of the Great Banquet is to continue the 3-day weekend by serving Christ in local churches, homes, and work places. The purpose of the Banquet is to live a life of grace and to respond to higher levels of Christian discipleship.

What happens at the Great Banquet?

The Great Banquet is a 72-hour experience, beginning on Thursday evening and ending on Sunday evening. For three days, guests live and study together in a worshipful time of singing, prayer, and discussion. During each of fifteen talks given by laity and clergy, the theme of God’s grace is presented. Guests participate in the daily celebration of Holy Communion and examine more fully the presence of Christ in his body of believers. They personally experience his grace through the prayers and acts of a loving, Christian support community.

Who should attend?

This weekend experience is for anyone who:

  • wishes to strengthen his/her own spiritual life
  • wants to have a better understanding of grace, prayer, baptism and communion, study, and Christian action
  • strives to live a Christian life that bears fruit for God
  • seeks to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and to make him known

What happens after the Great Banquet?

One of the most important parts of the Great Banquet is the follow-up. Although the Banquet lasts only three days, guests are invited to use its lessons for the rest of their lives. After attending the Great Banquet, they are challenged to:

  1. Strengthen their spiritual lives through study and active congregational participation.
  2. Strive to become active disciples of Jesus Christ in the world through their church.

To assist in this discipleship, the Great Banquet offers specific opportunities.

  1. Reunion groups meet weekly to examine goals of spiritual growth and to encourage one another to a life of discipleship.
  2. There will be opportunities to assist in future Great Banquet weekends through prayer, support, and team involvement.
  3. Guests are made aware of community needs through an e-newsletter of Great Banquet activities, both locally and regionally.

What do I bring?

You will need to bring comfortable clothes for an informal weekend. Most of our time will be spent indoors. However, an occasional walk outdoors will necessitate the need for a sweater or jacket. Bring your own toiletry articles (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.), towels, pillow, blanket and sheets. A twin size cot will be provided for you to sleep on, but you are welcome to bring a twin size air mattress as long as you provide your own means to inflate and deflate it. Some guests prefer to bring extra blankets or padding (such as a foam egg crate mattress topper) to make the cot even more comfortable. A robe and slippers or flip flops are suggested for going to and from the shower. **PLEASE do not bring any valuables to the weekend, including laptops or tablets.**

A detailed packing list will be sent with your confirmation letter.

“The Great Banquet led to relationships that continue to bring me closer to Christ.”

Great Banquet Guest

“I found myself surrounded by Christian women who lifted me up in love and support.”

Great Banquet Guest

“It’s like a spa for the soul!”

Great Banquet Guest

“Great Banquet moved my relationship with God the 18 inches from my head to my heart.”

Great Banquet Guest

You’re Invited


Join us for a weekend to strengthen and refresh your faith.