Traction 2024


NOTE: We have started a waitlist for Traction 2024. Please complete registration but do not pay the deposit. We will contact you when a spot becomes available.  



TRACTION is a 6-day experience designed to encourage global workers serving cross-culturally. TRACTION is different than any other kind of conference. It isn't about filling notebooks or honing leadership skills. It's about living as single men, husbands, fathers, leaders, and as guys who deal with tremendous stresses cross-culturally.

TRACTION is focused on helping men navigate their roles to regain spiritual footing and momentum to move forward. Led by Dr. Daniel Hahn and a team of member care professionals, this week of restoration deals with issues like:

  • Managing stress, isolation, and discouragement
  • Reconnecting with God through prayer
  • Cultivating the character of authentic leadership 
  • Honoring God with our sexuality and relationships
  • Persevering with courage and trust in the face of challenges

There are times for worship, reflection, group discussions, individual counseling/debriefing, recreation, hiking, solitude and rest. All of this will be approached within the context of life on the field as international workers.

This time of renewal is about taking care of your soul, which will fuel your ability to lead well in the work God has called you to do.

Traction is designed for full-time global workers.



TRACTION is held at Credo Schloss Unspunnen located in one of Switzerland's most breathtaking regions near Interlaken. The facility lends itself well to activities like soccer, volleyball, an adjacent world class ropes course and lots of hiking. There's even a real castle ruin right on the property! It's a quiet, majestic setting with plenty of space for men to pull away and regroup.

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TRACTION 2024 happens Wednesday, September 18–Tuesday, September 24. TRACTION officially begins with dinner on September 18 at 6:00 pm. The conference ends Tuesday morning following breakfast.

Route your flight to Zurich or Geneva. Trains run hourly from Zurich Flughafen Airport to Interlaken West station (2h30 travel time) and from Geneva Airport to Interlaken West Train station (3h travel time). Tickets can be purchased in advance at Swiss Railway or at the airport. Our staff will pick you up at the Interlaken West station. If you plan to travel after the conference, you may be interested in a Swiss Rail Pass. Some guests use a rental car to get to the conference, but generally the train is cheaper and simpler. Check with AVIS, Hertz, Sixt, Europecar or Budget for rental cars. 


Registration fees include shared accommodations (2 - 3 per room), all meals, programming including counseling and medical consultation. A non-refundable $150 deposit (in USD) paid to CATALYST INTL is required at time of registration. The remaining fee of CHF 550 (Swiss Francs) is payable on arrival at Credo. Fees for TRACTION have been discounted due to the gracious support of our donors.



"Attending Traction two years ago made a big impact on me. I have experienced the benefits of that time virtually every day since. One of my goals in attending back then was to finish this stage of my life well and by God's grace, Traction played a big part of that."

"What hope was given to my soul when I attended this retreat! Know that I mark this time with you all as a turning point in my life."