By Charles W. Short, pastor, First Baptist Church, Ft. Mohave –
Recently I was asked what we get by giving to the Cooperative Program.
The answer to that is, first and foremost, we get the privilege of participating in and being obedient to the Great Commission. This act of obedience to Jesus’ biblical command should be all we need, but God often blesses us beyond this starting point.
For example, on the weekend of May 5-7, 2017, a little over 200 men gathered at Young Life’s Lost Canyon, outside of Williams. From Friday afternoon until Sunday morning, they smelled the pine trees, enjoyed the cool air and were biblically challenged to grow in their faith at MMR2017 (Metamorphosis Men’s Retreat 2017).
Pastor Jackie Allen of Cross Church, Surprise, and current president of the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention, spoke on Friday night. Jeff Iorg, president of Gateway Seminary, taught on Saturday and Sunday. Both speakers left the men better equipped to serve in their churches. Robert Comeaux and his team from North Phoenix Baptist Church led the worship music.
This particular camp is an excellent place for a men’s retreat, because they understand how men eat, sleep and recreate. The recreation was highlighted by a zip line ending with a splash into their pond. For the less adventurous there was a hot tub, frisbee golf and more. But the men who come looking forward to the rest and recreation often departed announcing that cabin time, teambuilding with their fellow congregation members, was their favorite part.
This event was initiated in 2016 by First Baptist Church, Ft. Mohave, as a men’s retreat for AZSBC churches. The Cooperative Program and River Valley Mission Network became financial partners, and the church recruited a team of 6 churches to plan next year’s event.
MMR2018 will be May 4-6. Space is still available. You can learn more by visiting www.metamorphosismen.wordpress.com
So another blessing you get from participating in the Cooperative Program, is these type of events designed to strengthen your church, in this case by strengthening your men.