Posted by: Derek Guyer | September 8, 2011

Imitate Christ, Man of God- Retreat (Reelsville, IN)

Men of God,

I’ve been thankful to share fellowship with all of you men who have attended retreats over the last two years. Lisa and I have been blessed to have now taught 13 total retreats since October of 2009. Each one has brought tremendous blessings to us, as we minister, and to those who have attended. It’s been a blessing to see God doing such amazing things through and in all of you. I’m hearing stories of victory that have stirred my soul in thankfulness and praise. In fact, two days ago we watched a man, who one week earlier had given his life to Christ and died in the waters of baptism, baptize his wife into Christ. It’s enough to make me want to shout in thankfulness to our awesome God! I rejoice now with the angels in Heaven over lost souls who are now saved!

We’ve watched so many lives given to Christ and so many hearts being molded to His heart, and I rejoice over all of it. To think that God has allowed me to witness these things brings me to tears. I am blessed beyond measure.

Unfortunately, I’ve also seen some of you fall and disengage from the battle altogether. I have even watched some of you turn further to affairs, pornography, selfishness, etc. and we even lost one of you to suicide last summer. I’ve seen some of you aching for more and missing the beautiful things that come through Christ as you pursue your own flesh. I hurt for you and wish you could see what you are missing, but I realize I have an advantage over most of you. It’s an advantage that has kept me away from many trials and challenges on a personal level. It is an advantage that, to many, seems unfair, but it’s an advantage nontheless. My advantage is that I had a father who taught me the things of my Heavenly Father. My Dad taught me to walk with God.

I am deeply in debt to Father God for giving me my Dad. God used my own father to shape and train me into manhood in a way that most of you have never known. While I hurt for you, I praise God for the gift that was given to me as a young child even up until now. My Dad has become a source of rich love from my Father in Heaven, and I treasure it immensely.

I’ve been thinking about this often for your sake. How could I give you what I received? Jesus said, “Freely you received. Freely give.” So, I’ve asked my Dad, Jay Guyer, to come and teach with me at our 15th retreat, entitled Imitate Christ, Man of God on October 21-23, 2011. I’ve asked him to come and share with everyone from scripture and from life what he’s learned about imitating Christ while leading his home, ministering to and shepherding Christ’s church, and walking with Him daily. He’s not a high profile teacher or an arrogant know-it-all. He’s a simple man who has dedicated his life to Christ and who has born the fruit of it. He’s a man who has imitated Christ. I couldn’t think of anyone better to help me equip some of you better than the one who equipped and taught me, and my siblings, so well.

I believe there are things that I do naturally, because I was trained to do them, that most people would never consider doing as a leader within Christ’s body. I was taught how to avoid the grasp of sin, to overcome it’s challenges, and to walk upright by a man who was living it. I was taught by a man who imitated Christ. I want to share that with you.

I’ll warn you ahead of time, that the practical teachings you’ll hear will fly in the face of so much of what our culture has been taught. I was taught to live in the world, but not of it. I’m not saying that I lived perfectly, or even well, but I’m saying I was taught it and that it saved me from a world of pain. It’s those same principles that guide me as a leader and as a man who imitates Christ. That’s what I want to share with you.

I’m asking God to make October 21-23 a weekend where many of you are given the opportunity to look into the lives of a father and son who are both striving to be men who chase after God. We’ll expose our weaknesses and our failures, our strengths and our successes, our challenges and our personal changes. It’s not a time for boasting. We can only boast in Christ. It’s a time for exposing. It’s a time for exposing the darkness within and for chasing down the light. It’s a time for Imitating Christ.

I’d love to see every man there who has previously attended a retreat, but know that is not possible. But if it is possible for you, I encourage you to join us in Reelsville, IN, for a weekend in the presence of God where we’ll be challenged and moved to greater faithfulness to our wonderful Father!

Dates: October 21-23, 2011

Where: Five Stones Camp in Reelsville, IN

Donation: Your donation of $150 per participant makes this retreat possible to you. This allows for your food, lodging, teachings, t-shirts, and event supplies. Limited scholarships are available for those financially incapable of attending the retreat.

Transportation: All participants must provide their own transportation to and from the retreat.

Check In: October 21st from 3:30-5:30pm (Dinner will be provided)

Check Out: October 23rd at 11:30am (Breakfast will be provided)

Area Maps and Directions:

1. Take I-70 West out of Indy
2. Get off on Exit #37- Putnamville-  IN 243
3. At the end of the ramp turn left (south) on IN-243- go 0.9 miles
4. Turn right onto 1000 S- go 0.8 miles
5. Turn left onto 190- go 0.5 miles
6. Turn right onto 1050 S- go 0.8 miles
7. Turn left onto 300W- go 0.6 miles to the bend in the road. GO STRAIGHT onto the gravel drive.
8. Take the gravel drive through the camp 0.7 miles to Boulder Lodge on your right.

Sleeping Arrangements:  We will all be sleeping downstairs in the lodge.  There are multiple bedrooms to choose from. You will need a sleeping bag, pillow, and extra blankets. Beds and mattresses will be provided in the lodge. If you would like to be bunked with someone specifically or have a group coming that would like to be put together, please let us know this when you sign up. We’ll do our best to keep you together.

Audience: The content of this retreat is meant for mature audiences only. Mothers are not encouraged to bring their daughters. Instead, we encourage you to bring another woman from the church or community with you. We believe you will achieve the full benefit of your time at the retreat when you leave with someone else who is armed to take on the spiritual battles with you and encourage you through them. Much of the content is focused on married women, but we do believe that single women can benefit from the content as well.

Registration: Fill out your “Imitate Christ, Man of God” registration form here! Don’t forget to come back and make your donation afterwards. Registration will be closed on October 16th, 2011 at midnight.

Cancellation Policy: All registration donations are completely non-refundable after October 16th, 2011 at midnight. Anyone who cancels a registration before October 16th, 2011 at midnight will receive a full refund of their money.

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