By Greg Byman

The recent annual men’s retreat at Highland Lakes encouraged and challenged men from across our state. Popular weatherman Chuck Lofton inspired us with his lifelong journey of faith and provided Biblical principles for finishing well. Blake Newsome reminded us of God’s design of men and what He expects from men as spiritual leaders. The breakout sessions led by Scooter Kellum, Don Morris and Jim Shields, taught men how to apply God’s Word when working through key issues facing them today. Al Davisson led men to unite their voices of praise and adoration of Christ in song.

We all needed this retreat! I applaud the men who chose to retreat from normal life routines, sacrifice time and resources to gather in one place, and invest in relationships with other men. Listening to podcasts can give us similar Biblical truths, but individual study will never replace the need to experience a gathering of men who are seeking the Lord! We need periodic reminders that we are not alone. We need other men to challenge and calibrate our personal perspectives. Worshipping shoulder to shoulder with other men led us to look up to the Lord for our hope and strength, a habit we tend to neglect when left to ourselves.

I pray we will all keep applying what we learned as we lead our homes and churches across Indiana, for Christ’s glory. This retreat grew the faith and strengthened the friendships of the men in my church. One man who attended is launching a new men’s Bible study. We will be baptizing one of the men. Please share with our state staff how attenders are now blessing YOUR church.

I am grateful for Jim Shields and his team who made this retreat happen. I am also grateful for how well Rick Porter and his staff hosted and fed us. Let’s thank God for the SCBI’s vision to invest well in our men.  I hope you plan to come and bring your friends to next year’s Men’s Retreat!