Spiritual life retreat encourages men
We know that the apostle Peter understood how difficult it was to pray because of his no-nonsense statement in 1 Peter 4:7 – “Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.” For three days in January, nearly 30 men gathered to pray at the BNN RENEW Spiritual Life Retreat at Camp Gilead near Seattle. The theme of this year’s prayer retreat was “Praying through Philippians”, and seven extended prayer sessions were devoted to praying through the themes of this epistle.
NBHM church planters from Nampa, Idaho, Luke Johnston and Ryan Frank, led worship times with guitar and cajón as the men
lifted the name of Jesus in song together. In one session, a group discussion tackled the issue of what men in ministry can do to safeguard themselves against spiritual disqualification.
The transparency and intimacy of this event made it a highlight for many. Pastor Randy Cook of Meridian, Idaho said, “This was my fourth time to the BNN Prayer Summit and each one has been a highlight of my pastoral experience. It’s great to pray through Scripture with men who have the same interests and motivations for ministry.” Missionary Steve Everett from Salem, Oregon commented “The RENEW Retreat was so refreshing and encouraging. To be able to pray, share, cry and laugh with a room full of men in ministry is something we all needed. Thank you, Lord!” Neal Gardenhire of Eastgate Bible Fellowship in Bellevue, WA noted, “I have been so blessed by these men at the RENEW retreat. Our times of prayer have been such an encouragement to me as we prayed through the book of Philippians.” Rich Dover of Seattle Open Door Church, Burien, WA said, “I appreciate so much both younger and older pastors being open and vulnerable about their fears, struggles, and their need to grow in Christ. This quality produces a great atmosphere for prayer. I always look forward to the prayer retreat.”