Episode 27 – The Men’s Retreat: Behind the Scenes

The Men's Retreat 2019

Jake and Brett talk about the various movements and dynamics that occur behind the scenes in preparation for the Men’s Retreat.

Key Points

  • Finding a theme involves a lot of time, prayer, and discernment
  • The foundation of this year’s theme comes from Hebrews 4:16, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence.”
  • The motivation is a desire for the good of the men who attend the retreat
  • We start with the question, “Father, what do you want for the men? How do you want to encounter your sons?”
  • The core team gathers and begins to fellowship with each other
  • Our approach and desire is just like Jesus when he says, “The son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the son also does.” (John 5:19)
  • There is great benefit of a team having a unified experience of God as they are discerning
  • The team doesn’t just do the same thing over and over; everything is on the drawing board every year
  • An important reality for the team is being called and anointed. This is applicable throughout life.
  • Calling is the place or area of life and service you are supposed to be in; it’s your “lane.”
  • Anointing is a supernatural capacity that comes out of a calling where the kingdom of God is at hand
  • David trying to wear Saul’s armour before his battle with Goliath is a symbolic example of trying to operate in something outside your calling an anointing (Saul’s armour).
  • Part of “retreat” is getting to the event
  • A special word to men who are considering coming
  • We can’t underestimate the battle it takes to simply attend the retreat. We live in a world at war. There is an enemy.
  • The Men’s Retreat 2019 is Sep 20-22 in Princeton BC

Discussion Questions:

  • What struck you from this episode?
  • What was the last retreat you went on? How did it impact you?
  • How would you describe your calling and your anointing?


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