Base Camp is not just a name Kevin DeVries cooked up. He knows the context for why Base Camps are so vitally crucial for risk-takers to stay alive on a mountain expedition. He’s given us a glimpse of that from a spiritual perspective now and has done an OUTSTANDING job bringing men with life-giving stories together in a setting that could soon be the standard for men’s ministry across the country.
– Kevin Miles
THE PLACE OF STORIES FOR MEN
Join us SECOND SUNDAY NIGHTS: Jan 10, Feb 14, March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug 8 BARN BASE CAMP Sept 12, Oct 10, Nov 14, Dec 12, 2021 @ FOUNDER’S Brewing Co. in downtown Grand Rapids, MI. BASE CAMP is a brave Company of 150 Men that gather together for beer (cash bar), brotherhood and STORY HOUR with Storytellers whose stories of grit and grace exemplify Authentic Life in Christ. Registration begins two weeks prior. NOTE: Since Dec, 2020, BASE CAMP – Founders has been meeting at Wildwood Family Farms, the 2nd Sunday night of every month @ 5 PM. We hope to return to Founders on June 13.
We Are A Man Cave Where Men Care.
We Sober Men With The Supernatural.
We Brew What Men Thirst – AUTHENTIC LIFE.
We Meet Men @ The Well That Makes Men Well.
We’re A Revolutionary Movement That Resurrects Men.
We Belong To An Ancient-Future Fraternity Of Noble Men.
5:00 – 5:30pm: Beer & Brotherhood
5:30 – 6:30pm: Story Hour
6:30 – 7:30pm: Hang Out
6:30 – 7:30pm: Beer & Brotherhood
7:30 – 8:30pm: Story Hour
8:30 – 9:00pm: Hang Out
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. MEN ONLY – AGE 21 & OLDER. FREE ADMISSION
At BASE CAMP we feast and fight for each other as a Band of Brothers in foreign fields, tell unforgettable stories in golden halls before a blazing fire as Warrior Poets of old, walk with limps and new names as Wounded Healers and live like Artist Adventurers who learn by doing life together. Sin and shame die when stories are told in a safe place – a place called BASE CAMP
Over 3000 men across multiple states have experienced BASE CAMP since our first monthly gathering on March 5, 2017. Most sessions are SOLD OUT, which makes us wonder:
What brand of beer brews sold-out men’s ministry events? What type of thirst drives a man to drive a 100 miles? I think we’ve stumbled on the answer together. The brand of beer is a Band of Brothers who thirst for an Authentic Life. BASE CAMP is The Well At World’s End that in the end makes all men well. Together, we are discovering Jesus Christ is the Author of Authentic Manhood; the Living Water all men seek to thirst no more. It appears God is still in the brewing business. His main ingredient is not the white hops of Michigan but the wild hearts of men. He birthed His Son in a barn 2000 years ago so He could birth His sons in a brewery today. We have stumbled into the same dark cave – The Cave of Adullam where all the Lamps of God like King David are lit. We wandered in as fugitive soldiers and walked out as favored sons. Soldiers behave. Sons belong. BASE CAMP is a man cave where men care. BASE CAMP is not a ministry fad. We belong to an ancient future fraternity of noble men. We pursue original glory and heal with honor rather than police original sin which only helps men hide. Men’s souls, drunk with despair, are sobering to the supernatural. Men are finding faith and Father in the froth of Founders because:
We Brew What Men Thirst – AUTHENTIC LIFE.
Our Authentic Life foams with the fury of our original glory. These are the golden sessions, C.S Lewis described in The Four Loves: “He is lucky…to be in such company. Especially when the whole group is together; each bringing out all that is best, wisest, or funniest in all the others. Those are the golden sessions; when…after a hard day’s walk have come to our inn; when our slippers are on, our feet spread out toward the blaze and our drinks are at our elbows; when the whole world, and something beyond the world, opens itself to our minds as we talk; and no one has any claim on or any responsibility for another, but all are freemen and equals as if we had first met an hour ago, while at the same time an Affection mellowed by the years enfolds us. Life — natural life — has no better gift to give. Who could have deserved it?” So pour your drinks, light your pipes and put your feet towards the fire that warms the heart of every man. Perhaps time will fall asleep and we will awake in The Eagle and Child in Oxford, England where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and their fellow Inklings gathered for beer, brotherhood and conversation that colonized our dreams, and created a new genre of literature that continues to change the lives of so many by so few to this day.
NOTE: Please park in the ticketed gate parking lot between Goodrich/Barlett:https://foundersbrewing.com/latest-news/2015/parking-update/ When you enter Founders, the Store will be to your right where your parking ticket can be validated at the merchandise counter. The Store elevator will take you up to the Centennial Room. The Centennial Room’s outside porch area with picnic tables is seasonally open. Beer and soft drinks are cash bar only. We cannot order off the Tap Room menu for special events in the Centennial Room. You will have an opportunity at BASE CAMP to make a cash or online donation to cover operational costs to ensure BASE CAMP continues. Founders Brewing Co. is open until midnight on Sunday nights so your conversations upstairs can continue downstairs however your schedule allows.