Oct 14 - 16, 2016
This year's Men's Advance will be different! A new format will be used including opportunities for samll group discussions and individual reflection on the stories of Jacob, Paul and Jesus, seeking what it means to be men of faith.

Men's Advance - 2016

This year our weekend facilitator will be Rev Greg Ronning.

Greg is the Mission Developer and Pastor at "The Table", an emergent styled faith community in Orange County. Greg served as the Campus Pastor at Texas Lutheran University from 1993 - 2014 Download the Flyer »


The Masculine Journey

“As Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
Proverbs 27:17

The Gospel adventure begins in earnest at the edge of the wilderness when John baptizes Jesus in the Jordan River. The heaven’s are torn apart, the spirit descends on the beloved son, and then promptly drives him deeper into the wilderness to be tested. After forty days Jesus emerges, an initiated man, a man with purpose and a vision, proclaiming the Kingdom of God.

Where are you on your journey? The masculine journey always begins in the wilderness, in a place that is dangerous, in a place that demands endurance, in a place that puts us to the test. For centuries and across cultures this has always been the true male story however in recent times men have exchanged this risky adventure for a safer route, confusing masculinity for the convention of patriarchy, confusing identity and purpose with roles of esteem and status.

This year’s Men’s Advance will be designed to provide you a unique opportunity to respond to the call of the Spirit to enter into the wilderness and experience the masculine journey. Together we will explore the practices where our biblical traditions and the ancient practices of male initiation intersect providing us with a rich masculine experience that will transform our understanding of what it means to be a man of faith.

Is the Spirit of God calling you into the wilderness? We hope you will join us!

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  • Golfing »
  • Beer Making
  • Poker
  • Hiking
  • Other Competitive Activities


Cost for the weekend including lodging, food, refreshments - $150


For further information contact Bob Huhn, Trinity Lutheran Santa Barbara bob1huhn@cox.net cell 805-886-4457


Fri, Oct. 14 9:00am to 4:00pm

11:00am to 4:00pm

4:00pm to 6:00pm

6:00pm to 7:00pm

7:00pm to 8:00pm

  Camp Work Day

Golf - Pine Mountain Club


Evening Meal

Introduction to the Weekend

Beer Making - Theology Pub

Sat, Oct. 15 7:00am










  Rise and Shine


Session I - The Masculine Journey: Jacob and Esau

Session II - Wilderness Activities


Session III - The Masculine Journey: Jesus

Free Time - Pastors Group


Session IV - The Masculine Journey: St. Paul

Poker Theology

Sun, Oct. 16 7:00am



  Rise and Shine

Session V - Your Story of Becoming a Man of Faith Around Tables with Breakfast, Conversation and Worship

Pack up and go home

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