Spring 2017 Hike - May 4th - 7th
The Men’s Hike Ministry focuses on helping men to a closer relationship with our Lord in a unique way. By leaving the noise of daily life behind, men are able to focus on their love of the Lord as well as their neighbor. Through teachings on the trail and fellowship around the fire, men have the rare opportunity to share their faith with other men who may be experiencing similar situations. As a result, many discover counsel and understanding in a non-judgmental environment. We travel to the mountains of Western North Carolina in the spring and fall of each year as we hike new and different trails.
There are three main elements; Physical, Spiritual and Communal. The physical element provides men with outdoor challenges that are often rare in today’s busy, tech-filled world. It sounds odd these days, but sometimes men just need to be, well…men. The spiritual element is explored as we share the Word and reflect both privately on the trail and during discussions around the camp fire. With the challenges of the trail and the discussions, the development of lasting communal bonds comes naturally as we form a special “Band of Brothers”.
The Hike Ministry continues long after we toss our gear back in the garage. There are hike reunions for participants, family cookouts, day hikes and more. Our goal is to change our hearts so that they more closely reflect God’s heart. Men often return refreshed, re-energized and ready to live the life the Lord is calling them to live, the same life that their families, church and larger community need them to live. Come and join us on the trail and experience it for yourself.
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Documents and Forms
|Registration Form||Hold Harmless||Suggested Gear List|
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Testimonials from previous Hikes:
“There's no better way to break through the noise of my world than to get up on the mountain and out on the trail where the Holy Spirit and my brothers in Christ can focus on the basics. That's when we're reminded that the main thing is our personal relationship with our Father. There's no experience quite like it. I recommend it to any man who is ready to hit the reset button and strengthen his relationship with his Creator.”
“As the hike progressed, I began to pull away the layers and dig deep where my burdens have been staying for a long time. There came a moment around a raging camp fire deep in the mountains of the Pisgah National Forest where I had a group of men, I now refer to as my Band of Brothers, praying over me. Freeing me from a burden that has affected so many aspects of my life. That is a memory that will be forever ingrained in me. If you have heavy burdens to let go and want an experience that will force you out of your comfort zone, I would highly encourage anyone to go on this hike.”
"Christ established His Church, among other reasons, in order that men might lead one another to Him and in the process sanctify themselves and one another. For in this work it is Christ Who draws us to Himself through the action of our fellow men." -Thomas Merton, The Seven Story Mountain