NOVEMBER 2-3, Lakewood Retreat Center

It’s been said that, “As goes the man, so goes the family—the church—the nation.”

Men, are you struggling to not slip into superficial, self-indulgent, asleep-at-the-wheel, leadership in your marriage, home, and sphere of influence? It’s hard to be the man of God that you are called to be, and that’s why we need each other.

The need is urgent and the time is now to get serious about intentional leadership. Your wife, your children, your coworkers, and your church are all counting on you. By God’s grace, and with His Spirit’s enablement, it is possible to rise to this critical challenge. Please don’t miss this opportunity, NOVEMBER 2-3, for focussed discipleship and relationship building with your brothers in Christ!

Speaker – Chris Brauns

Our guest speaker will be Chris Brauns, Lead Pastor at The Red Brick Church in Stillman Valley, IL. Chris has written several books such as, “Unpacking Forgiveness: Biblical Answers for Complex Questions and Deep Wounds”, “When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search: Biblical Principles and Practices to Guide Your Search”, and “Bound Together: How We Are Tied to Others in Good and Bad Choices”. Additionally, Chris’s education credentials include a BA in Chemistry from Central College and an MBA from the University of Northern Iowa, as well as a Masters of Divinity degree from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and a PhD degree in Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.


Here’s a short video from Chris about the upcoming retreat:

Theme – Intentional Leadership

Our overarching goal of this year’s men’s retreat is to encourage us to lead on purpose. We want to set some time aside to have the Lord help us understand what it means to lead and how we can be more effective leading in our various spheres of life.
This theme will be discussed in greater detail through our three main sessions: seeing how the word of God defines leadership, what disciplines characterize a godly leader, and examining what are our lives are actually displaying as our true focus.

Session 1 – “Define Leadership” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Session 2 – “Hone Handoff Habits”
Session 3 – “Focus (by faith) The Vision We Share” (Hebrews 11)


Friday November 2

5:30 – Registration
6:30 – Dinner
7:15 – Session 1 “Defining Leadership”
9:00 – Evening Activity “Ice Cream Hangout?”

Saturday November 3

8:00 – Breakfast
8:30 – Breakout Groups “Individual Reflection Time”
9:15 – Session 2 “Honing Good Habits”
10:45 – Men’s Competition (Round 1)
12:00 – Lunch
12:45 – Men’s Competition (Round 2)
2:00 – Session 3 “Dialing In: Where Is Our Life Focus?”
3:15 – Awards, Wrap up, Pack up!

The retreat will take place at Lakewood Retreat Center. Check it out here :
Here is a map of the Lakewood property:

Cost:  $35

Please fill out the following form to register for the retreat: