2017 Men's Annual Retreat: 

It is a dangerous thing to underestimate your role in God’s redemptive story. You will lose heart and you will miss your cues. You are needed....and Jesus calls you to be his intimate ally once more.
— John Eldredge

Our annual retreat is a time of both fellowship and deep biblical teaching, taking place each winter.   

Join a band of brothers who exhort and enable each other to put Jesus Christ first at home, at work, and in the world.

This year's Annual Men's Retreat!
Guest Speaker: Pat Goodman
February 3-4, 2017
Fellowship Hall

Pat "goodie" goodman

Pat "goodie" goodman

This year, the retreat will be right here in the Richmond area. Pat is an awesome speaker!  Pat's theme: Restoring Hearts — Catalyzing Friendships — Initiating and Engaging in Good Works

Do you wonder: Why do I keep responding that way? Where did that reaction come from? Why don’t I have at least one person in my life that I feel I can be completely honest with? How can I be a change agent within my spheres of influence? How can the skills, abilities and experiences of my life be leveraged to benefit others? If any of these questions has ever crossed your mind then you will find the retreat worth being a part of.  

As our lives progress things tend to get more complicated.  As family dynamics change, career paths develop, relationships come and go, and the worries of this life mount we can end up in places we never imagined. So staying tethered to a few life giving realities is paramount to living well. Understanding the role that our “Hearts” play in life, the power of “Friendships” in helping us grow, and the necessity of “Engaging” our lives in efforts that make life better never changes.  During this retreat we will unpack these areas while hearing personal stories and working to make practical applications. 

Retreat Schedule:

Friday Evening: 
6:00 - 9:00 PM - Dinner and message from Pat 

7:45 - 8:15 AM - Optional Guided Prayer Gathering
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM - Breakfast, lunch, and messages from Pat 

Cost: $60 for the full weekend; $30 for either Friday or Saturday. (Scholarships available: Contact Tom Barila). 
NOTE: If you're registering for Friday or Saturday only, please choose option "pay at door" and enter the day you'll be joining us. When you arrive at door, please pay the $30 via cash or check.

Questions? Contact Bob Tatti or Tom Barila.

Click to Register! 

Prior Retreats:

Becoming & Being Christ's Men
February 5-6, 2016 (Fellowship Hall @ Third)

Back by popular demand: Jerry Leachman will be joining us. Jerry is an awesome speaker and former Young Life Area Director, former Chaplain for the Washington Redskins, and men's ministry leader all over the Washington Metropolitan Area. He teaches the largest men's Community Bible Study at McLean Bible Church, and regularly speaks throughout the US and overseas at U.S. military installations. 

We're excited to welcome Jerry back, as he's been a well-received speaker at three of our retreats since 1994. 

Jerry Leachman and his family

Jerry Leachman and his family

2015 Men's Annual Retreat

Our theme: Redeeming Work: A New Vision for Monday to Friday
Our theme will be: “Redeeming Work: A New Vision for Monday to Friday”, and will present God’s plans and purposes for the work that we do.  It may challenge, encourage, change and/or enhance our understanding of how to approach our work and careers as followers of Jesus, and how to discover our true calling.  The retreat will include short films developed by Christianity Today and the speakers will be Rev. Corey Widmer, lead pastor at Third; Rev. Art Wood, a Presbyterian minister who has been working in the business world for many years; and Kenney Grigg, who spent 28 years in the marketplace before going to work for a Christian nonprofit.  We can assure you that the topics, presentations, and discussions will be VERY relevant to you at your stage of life, career, and as you progress into your future.

Our topics:  

  • What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? Why did God give us work to do?     Rediscover the created goodness of work.
  • But I Hate My Job.   As kids we may dream of exciting careers. As adults, we more often lament the beginning of the workweek. Confront the reality of work in a broken world. 
  • Redeeming Work.  When Christians succeed in the marketplace, everyone prospers as a result. Understand the role work plays in God's larger story of redemption.
  • Calling or Career?  What if I don't feel "called" to my job? Expand our view of calling beyond occupation to vocation.
  • The Powers That Be.   Every workplace distributes and limits power. God can use us both when we are "powerful" and when we feel "powerless."
  • The God We Serve.     Too often we reduce our identity to our work. But our identity is in Christ, and the meaning of our work flows from that relationship.


2014 Men's Annual Retreat

Our speaker: Rev. Richard Haney

Our theme: Pilgrim's Progress: The Journeys of a Man's Life

  1. Discipleship:  Our journey with Jesus
  2. Priorities:  Our journey in the world
  3. Relationships:  Our journey with others