A great chance to get away with other men, enjoy great food, have fun, and walk away with practical ways to live the extraordinary life Christ has called us to as his followers.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When is the retreat?
Friday evening, January 25 through Sunday morning, January 27.
What is the topic for this year’s retreat?
When we first begin to follow Christ, there are a lot of “extras” to add to life – the church community, knowing and understanding God’s Word (the Bible), and prayer – to name just a few. As these extras become “ordinary” parts of our lives, we begin to discover and experience how extraordinary life is when its lived following Christ Jesus – our Lord, King, and Savior. If you are new to your walk with Christ, this retreat will focus on practical tools for making these extras ordinary parts of your life. If you are a seasoned follower of Christ, then the retreat is a great chance to share what you’ve learned and learn from others established in their faith.
What if I can only make it Saturday?
We realize that between family, work, and seasons of life, it can be difficult to get away overnight. While there is great food and activities on Friday evening and Sunday morning, we’ve scheduled the three talks and three small group times for Saturday so that those who can only make it for the day will get to be a part of the core parts of the weekend. (See the schedule below.)
Where is the retreat?
Lakeview Baptist Assembly Grounds (Lonestar, TX). The camp is located about 45 minutes north of Longview on Highway 259/Eastman (see map below).
What will we be doing? Will we be meeting and talking the whole time? What other things will we be doing?
The retreat is a great mix of intentional time together in short sessions and small groups, activities, and down time to be refreshed. Our goal is that the men who come will be encouraged by and connect with other guys following Christ, challenged to grow in their walk with Christ, and refreshed by a chance to get away from the busyness of our weeks and weekends. (See the full schedule below.)
How much does the retreat cost? How do I pay for the retreat?
The retreat cost is $50 for those coming for 1-night/Saturday. It is $75 for those staying for both Friday and Saturday night. You can pay with cash or check at the HUB on Sundays (beginning Dec 23rd), by sending a check to Longview Christian Church, 2400 McCann Rd (please include “Men’s Retreat” and your name in the memo line), or via Paypal by sending money to firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll indicate how you plan to pay on the registration page.
Can my sons come with me?
Absolutely! We do ask that those who attend are 12 years old or older. For fathers bringing their sons, the maximum cost per family is $100. Click here to register.
Will we be outside the whole time? What if it rains or snows?
We hope to spend a good bit of time outside, as weather allows, as the camp grounds are in a great location. However, we do have access to a heated inside meeting room with fireplace where we will meet for part of the time.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
The group will have access to two sets of bunkhouses, with showers and toilets, that can sleep 30+ guys in each bunkhouse. You are also welcome to bring a tent, should you prefer to tent camp. There are also hookups and spots for RVs – although these are located on the opposite side of the camp from the bunkhouses and meeting room.
Is transportation provided? Can I get a ride to the retreat?
Yes. We’ll help coordinate rides for those who need or would like to ride up to the retreat with someone else. Whether you are planning to come out Friday evening or Saturday morning, we’ll make sure you have a ride. Go ahead and register for the retreat and then keep an eye out for an email and/or text in January about rides.
7:00 pm – Dinner
8:00 pm – Welcome
8:30 pm – Fireside chats, Games, and time to connect
8:00 am – Breakfast
9:00 am – “A Band of Brothers: Why Bother with Community?”
10:00 am – Free Time and Activities
12:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – “The Foundation Matters: Why Bother with Bible Study?”
2:00 pm – Free Time and Activities
6:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – “Who’s in Charge: Why Bother with Prayer?”
8:45 pm – Dutch Oven Dessert Extravaganza
Fireside time, board games, and fellowship
8:00 am – Breakfast
9:00 am – Closing Devotion, Communion, and Reflection