JOIN A SQUAD

A BAND OF BROTHERS

 

“Find like-hearted kings living in the same direction. Sign treaties. When one kingdom is at war, both are at war.”

– Dan Allender, Intimate Allies 

The U.S. ARMY is divided into UNITS: Fire Team (3-4), Squad (8-12), Platoon (15-30), Company (80-150), Battalion (300-800), Brigade (2000-4000), Division (10,000-15,000), Corps (20,000-40,000) and ultimately a vast Field Army (80,000+) of men. 

BASE CAMP @ Founders Brewery in Grand Rapids, MI is a Company of Men networked with several men’s ministry Platoon, Squad and Fire Teams of men; the combined spiritual equivalent of a M.A.S.H Unit, Forward Command & Communications Center, Mess Hall, Resupply & Reconnaissance Base from which to launch our domestic and international men’s ministry events.

On Sunday August 12, 2018, several Companies, Platoons, Squads, and Fire Team men’s ministry units throughout West Michigan and beyond will gather @ BARN BASE CAMP – an annual fundraiser for BATTALION of BROTHERS who feast & fight for each other as soldiers & sons. Fierce lords will gather in a fair land to listen to unforgettable stories & songs of love & war, shared & sung under sun & stars by Warrior Poets in the cavernous wooden hall of a BIG RED BARN @ Wildwood Family Farms, Alto, MI. 

Company of Men in a BREWERY and a Battalion of Men in a BARN has its place of honor and healing, but the greatest life impact happens in a Squad/Fire Team of Men We recommend the following Squads of Men to experience maximum life impact like a Band of Brothers  gathered around a blazing bonfire, feasting and fighting for each other’s hearts in some foreign forgotten field: 

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CAMP I  

Tuesdays @ 7:00 PM, Bar Louie’s/Woodland Mall, 3195 28th SE, Kentwood, MI 49512

Contact: Kevin DeVries, kevin@GraceExplorations.com, 616.916.5909 

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THE ASTRONAUTS 

Thursdays @ 6:00 AM, Cornerstone Church , 1675 84th St SE, Caledonia, MI 49316

Contact: Stan Bristol , stanbristol50@gmail.com,  616.915.6019

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THE NARROW ROAD

Fridays @ 6:30 AM , Cornerstone Church – Heritage Hills Campus , 48 Lafayette Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Contact: Jason LaFountaine,  jason.lafontaine@shawinc.com,  810.513.9594

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MEN OF ADA 

Meets on various days/times at four Ada Bible Church campuses: Cascade, Knapp St, Kentwood, East Paris 

Contact: Ben Vaughtbvaught@adabible.org,  616.622.3216  www.adabible.org/men/

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FREEDOM FIGHTERS 

Wednesday @ 6:30 AM, Kentwood Community Church – Ground Zero Room (Door A), 1200 60th St SE, Kentwood, MI 49508

Contact: Tommy Diaz, tdiaz@kcconline.org, 616.293.2644

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MEN OF IMPACT 

Mondays @ 6:30 PM & Wednesdays 10:00 AM Impact Church – Lounge, 1069 Lincoln Lake Ave, SE, Lowell, MI 49331

Contact: Daniel Boondaniel22boon@yahoo.com, 616.581.5208

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A FATHER’S WALK SINGLE DAD MINISTRY

Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 PM, Kentwood Community Church, 1200 60th St SE, Kentwood, MI 49508

Contact: Matt Haviland, afatherswalk@gmail.com,  616.581.4409

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 CELEBRATE RECOVERY 

Mondays @ 7:00pm, Kentwood Community Church, 1200 60th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI  49508

Contact:  Aaron Bailey, awbailey74@gmail.com, 616.644.0800

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GRANT MEN’S MINISTRIES 

2nd Saturday Every Month @ 7:00am, Oakridge Restaurant, 9103 Mason Dr, Newaygo, MI 49337 

Contact: Cal VanSingel, cvansingel@gmail.com,  231.250.5909 

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NEW CANAAN SOCIETY 

1st & 3rd Thursdays, THe ROC/Rockford Construction, 601 First St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 

Contact: Bob Sprottebob@sprotte.com, 616.822.6943 http://newcanaansociety.org/grand-rapids/about/ 

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CHARLIE COMPANY 

Alternate Sundays @ 7pm, Johnson-Brower Foundation, 77 Monroe Center St. NW, Suite 504, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 

Contact: Jesse Johnson-Brower, jesse@johnsonbrower.com, 616.226.6435 https://johnsonbrowerfoundation.com 

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CHRISTIAN SERVICE BRIGADE 

A Boy Scout Alternative Father & Son Ministry 

Meets @ various churches throughout W. MI 

Contact: Kevin DeKam, MA Licensed Professional Counselor, West Michigan Wellness Group,

8375 Ridgestone Dr, SW, Suite D, Bryon Center, MI 49315   kdekam@csbministries.org, 616.647.7716

 

If you’d like to start a BAND of BROTHERS near you, please contact Nick Koogler, Area Director for Man In The Mirror Ministry @ nickkoogler@maninthemirror.org, 616.255.6700

 

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 “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?

 – C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

 

And all the host laughed and wept, and in the midst of their merriment and tears the clear voice of the minstrel rose like silver and gold, and all men were hushed. And he sang to them, now in the Elven-tongue, now in the speech of the West, until their hearts, wounded with sweet words, overflowed, and their joy was like swords, and they passed in thought out to regions where pain and delight flow together and tears are the very wine of blessedness.” 

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King