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 gathered @ BARN BASE CAMP – an annual fundraiser for BATTALION of BROTHERS who feast & fight for each other as soldiers & sons. Fierce lords gathered 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 @ 6:30 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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MOVIE NIGHT FOR MEN 

1st Thursday Every Month @ 6:45-9:45 PM, Ada Bible Church – THE WHAREHOUSE, 1640 East Paris Ave Se, Kentwood, MI 49546

Contact: Tim Jacksontim@stillwaterscounselingpc.com,  616.940.3833 www.adabible.org/men/

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FREEDOM FIGHTERS 

Wednesdays @ 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 Boon, daniel22boon@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 @ 7:00 PM, Kentwood Community Church, 1200 60th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI  49508

Contact:  Aaron Sorrels, aaron@theunemployedalcoholic.com, 616.591.7688

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GRANT MEN’S MINISTRIES 

2nd Saturday Every Month @ 7:00 AM, 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 @ 7:30 AM, 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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RIDGE POINT MEN 

3rd Saturdays @ 7:30 AM, Ridge Point Community Church/Lower Level, 340 104th Avenue, Holland, MI 49423

Contact: Bob Hazen bob@algebraforkids.com, 651.324.3004 or Keith Page pageke2001@yahoo.com616.560.0047

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REAL MEN 

Mondays @ 6:30 PM & Thursdays @ 6:00 AM, Res Life Church – The Loft, 3233 10 Mile Rd, Rockford, MI 49341 

Contact: Aaron Bronkema, bronkema.aaron@gmail.com616.437.9750

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CELEBRATION BIBLE CHURCH 

1st Saturday Breakfasts @ 8:00 AM, Sports Center Cafe, 3957 56th St SW, Grandville, MI 49418

Contact: B.J. Goulette, bjgoulette267@gmail.com, 616.947.4580 or Kevin Ferguson, kssvin@gmail.com616.808.6289

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TRIBES CHURCH MEN 

2nd Saturdays Breakfast @ 8:00 AM, Tribes Church, 6070 Kuttshill Dr NE, Rockford, MI 49341

Contact: Nick VandenBerg, nicholaas.vandenberg@gmail.com616.443.8483

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IMMANUEL REFORMED CHURCH 

Tuesday Nights @ 7:00 PM, Location TBD 

Contact: Doug Purduedep820@gmail.com, 616.430.2836

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THE 4th MUSKETEER 

October 18-21, 2018, Manistee National Wilderness Area, MI 

Contact: Rolf Smith, rolf.smith@the4thmusketeer.org, 616.901.5513http://www.michiganxcc.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.org616.647.7716

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CHARLIE COMPANY 

Alternate Sundays @ 7:00 PM, 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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SEXUAL INTEGRITY 

Monday Evenings @ 6:30 PM, Immanuel Reformed, 1300 Beltline Ave, SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Contact: Seth Budrew, blueskyrenewal@gmail.com, 616.901.7358 NOTE: CLOSED CONFIDENTIAL GROUP. PLEASE CALL AHEAD. 

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CORE REALITIES 

CRU W. MI, 4-6 Week Discipleship Program, Locations TBD 

Contact: Kurt Loosenort, kurt.loosenort@gmail.com 616.498.1700

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KNIGHTS OF GRAND RAPIDS CHRISTIAN SINGLES   

3rd Thursdays @ 7:00 PM, Schmohz Brewing Co. 2600 Patterson Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 

Contact: David Cox, coxd@gvsu.edu, 616.890.2307

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CRAIG’S CRUISERS

2nd & 4th Saturdays @ 2:00 PM, Essential Bean Coffee & Pub, 8980 N. Rogers Ct, SE, Suite D, Caledonia, MI 49316

Contact: Craig Dunlapcraigdunlap1@gmail.com, 616.334.1543 

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REBOOT TRAUMA RECOVERY 

January 2019 Launch

Contact: John Collier, john@flministry.net. 616.304.5923

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ACT LIKE MEN 

January 2019 Launch 

Contact: Ben Sheridan, sheridba@yahoo.com, 616.304.5923

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BASE CAMP – Lansing 

Monthly Sunday Nights,  Sanctuary Spirits, 902 E Saginaw Hwy, Ste 3, Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Contact: Corban Robbecorban.robbe@gmail.com, 517.526.3255

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THE BULLS – Lansing 

Tuesday Nights @ 7:00 PM, 11929 Upton Rd, Bath, MI 48808 

Contact: Scott Rolff, scottrolff@gmail.com, 517.819.2157

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FORGE – Lansing

Thursday Nights @ 6:30 PM, Log Jam Restaurant, 110 W. Jefferson St, Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Contact: Steve Hubbardsteve@awaken-church.com, 260.573.6447 

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WARRIORS TABLE – Lansing 

Quarterly Thurs before Thanksgiving, Easter, Memorial Day, Lansing Brewing Company, 518 E. Shiawassee St, Lansing, MI 48912

Contact : Kel Scottkscott@mclpc.com, 517.230.1245

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THE KING’S MEN – St. Joseph 

Monthly Saturday Breakfast @ 8:00 AM, The Chapel EFC, 4250 Washington Ave, St. Joseph, MI 49085

Contact: Corey Kugle, ckugle@thechapel-efc.org, 269.429.1041

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BAND OF BROHAM’S – Traverse City 

Tuesday Breakfast @ 6:30 AM, Randy’s Diner, 1120 Carver St, Traverse City, MI 49686

Contact: Tom Crain, tom.c153@gmail.com, 231.342.4422

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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