JOIN A SQUAD

A BAND OF BROTHERS

 

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 Platoons, Squads and Fire Team of men. 

BASE CAMP is the combined spiritual equivalent of a MASH Unit, Forward Command & Communications Center, Mess Hall, Resupply & Reconnaissance Base from which to launch our domestic and international men’s ministry events, and in the Summer of 2018:

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BARN BASE CAMP 

(BBC)

August 12, 2018

Your Video Invitation HERE 

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A BATTALION OF BROTHERS 

 

2000 Years Ago, The Son of God Son Was Born In A BARN As A Man. 

In the Summer of  2018,

The Sons of God Will Be Born Again As Authentic Men In A BARN. 

 

In the Summer of 2018, several Companies, Platoons, Squads and Fire Team men’s ministry units throughout the State of Michigan and beyond will form a BATTALION of 500 MEN in W. MI  to feast and fight for each other hearts as SOLDIERS & SONS. The ROAR of the LIONthe Shout of the KIng, will again be heard in a BattaLION of MEN. Fierce lords will gather in a fair land on SUNDAY, AUGUST, 12  to listen in profound silence as unforgettable STORIES SONGS of a ferocious LOVE & WAR are told and sung long into the starry night by WARRIOR POETS in the cavernous wooden hall of A BIG RED BARN @ Wildwood Family Farms, Alto, MI. 

SOUL SURGEONS will set up a MASH Unit to remove shrapnel and apply tourniquets to open wounds on the battlefield where the souls of men are lost or won. The frozen frontier inside the shattered souls of men will be set free to feel so hearts can heal on a forgotten front.  BATTALION of BROTHERS will march into the holy madness of a mysterious God who answers our unanswerable questions with the unquestionable answer of Himself.

 

IMAGINE A ….

….BELIEF that your everlasting heart is inherently noble and dangerously good and the Glory of God is man fully alive in Jesus Christ. 

….BATTLEFIELD where the battle for freedom inside your shattered soul is won by Shining Ones who fill the hills with Chariots of Fire.

 …BANNER bearing the royal emblems of your long lost lineage fluttering in a summer breeze that puts time to sleep as eternity awakes. 

….BATTALION of men covering a field like an ARMY of ONE as the smell of smoke and the hearty laughter of free men permeates the air. 

….BQ BUFFET arrayed on long, white linen tables under a tent on a lush, green lawn like a feast where the Battle for Beauty is fought & won. 

….BRAND of BEER, frothing with the fury and foam of your original glory that BREWS what you really thirst – AN AUTHENTIC LIFE. 

….BAGPIPE playing AMAZING GRACE inside a silo, echoing across green fields leading you home like a pided piper to your heart. 

….BROKEN HALLELUJAH being sung together in a rebel-rousing, rafter-raising chorus that resurrects all that is dead inside you back to life.

….BARBERSHOP QUARTET roaming through a field of men singing spontaneous songs that harken back to yesteryear when men were men.  

… BAPTISM service that drowns away your lifetime of sin and shame in a river of no regrets, roaring with the applause of heaven and men. 

.BUNCH of lawn games that makes you feel like a kid again as years like tears begin to fall away as the boy inside you comes out to play.

….BONFIRE with your favorite cigar and drink by your side as stories are told long into a summer night bathed in stars and silver moonlight. 

….BROKEN BLADE you’ve hid in shame, reforged as strength in the Eternal Flame that will put steel in your spine and a sword in your hand.

….BALLOON filled with hot air, elevating you into a realm where your deepest life is a waking dream as an award-winning  WIZARD of AWE.

….BOND of BROTHERHOOD so noble and strong it cannot be broken by any beast that comes up from the fiery pit through the gates of hell.   

.BAND of BROTHERS praying a BLESSING over you before you return home from your mountain top transfiguration with a face full of fire.

….BLACK SKY illuminated with thousands of fluttering fireflies floating into a nameless nebula whispering to your heart to Let Go & Let God.

.BUGLE playing TAPS at evenings end under a blood red sky; a haunting reminder the old man is gone and there will be a new dawn for men.

….BARN that feels like the home you never had and you’re a  Wise Man guided by a shining star to a King on a throne disguised as a trough.  

 

If you can imagine a BASE CAMP 

where a BATTALION of BROTHERS  

feast and fight for each other in 

A BIG RED BARN 

then you’re ready for…

BARN BASE CAMP 

(BBC)

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE:

SESSION 1 

2:00 – 3:00 PM BQ Buffet, Beer, Brotherhood

3:00 – 4:00 PM STORY & SONG HOUR 

4:00 – 6:00 PM BQ, Beer, Brotherhood, Baptisms 

SESSION 2

7:00 – 8:00 PM BQ Buffet, Beer, Brotherhood 

8:00 – 9:00 PM STORY & SONG HOUR 

9:00 – 11:00 PM, BQ, Beer, Brotherhood, Baptisms  

 

LAWN GAMES: Corn Hole, Croquet, Ladder Ball and Yard Darts. will be available at all times except STORY & SONG HOUR.

NOTE: Parking is limited. Please carpool, arrive and depart at your scheduled Session times. Thank you! 

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“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 

 

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 others hearts in some foreign forgotten field: 

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THE ASTRONAUTS 

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

Contact: Neal Armstrong,  narmstrong1229@sbcglobal.net616.293.5884

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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.com810.513.9594

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THIRD NAIL 

Mondays @ 6:30 PM , Engedi Church – Cedar Village Mall , 710 Chicago Drive #100 , Holland, MI 49423

Contact: Bruce Friesbfries25@gmail.com, 616.617.7663

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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 

Now forming new groups in West Michigan! 

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

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 CELEBRATE RECOVERY  

Men’s Open Share and Step Study groups

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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RENEWAL FOR MEN 

A safe and confidential group for men who wish find encouragement and support while working toward freedom from porn use and sexually compulsive behavior.

Mondays @ 5:30 – 7:00 PM, The Journey Christian Counseling, 7610 Clyde Park SW, Suite B2, Bryon Center, MI 49315

ContactMatt Kenney MA LLPC matt@journeychristiancounseling.com, 616-890-0651

Facilitated by: Matt Kenney MA LLPC and Tom Stewart MA LLP

Webpage: www.journeychristiancounseling.com/renewal/

NOTE: This is an open group, however, if you are interested, please contact Matt Kenney before coming.

This is a confidential therapy group and it does have a fee.  Scholarships may be available upon request.

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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 Dale Redder, Area Director for Man In The Mirror Ministry @ DaleRedder@maninthemirror.org, 616.818.6497

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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