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:
BARN BASE CAMP
Your Video Invitation HERE
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 MEN (300-800 Men) in W. MI to feast and fight for each other hearts as SOLDIERS & SONS. The ROAR of the LION, the Shout of the KIng, will again be heard in a BattaLION of MEN. Fierce lords will gather in a fair land on a SUNDAY Afternoon (3:00-8:00 PM) & Evening (6:00 -11:00 PM) 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.
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 free to feel so hearts can heal on a forgotten front. A 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 heart is inherently noble and dangerously good and the Glory of God is man fully alive in Christ.
….BANNER fluttering in an otherworldly breeze that puts time to asleep as eternity awakes in your everlasting heart.
….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.
….BARBECUE BUFFET fit for kings, arrayed on white linen tables like a victory feast on a field 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 atop a barn silo, echoing across green hills and golden fields calling you home 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.
… 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 the lofty realm where you live your deepest life in a waking dream as a 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 hundreds of CHINESE LANTERNS, floating like fireflies into a nameless nebula so you learn 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
3:00 – 4:00 PM BQ Buffet, Beer, Bonfire
4:00 – 5:00 PM STORY & SONG HOUR
5:00 – 8:00 PM BQ, Beer, Balloon, Bonfire
6:00 PM Baptisms & MASH Unit
6:00 PM Baptisms & MASH Unit
6:00 – 8:00 PM BQ Buffet Beer, Balloon, Bonfire
8:00 – 9:00 PM STORY & SONG HOUR
9:00 – 11:00 PM Bonfire, Beer, Blessing
10:45 PM Chinese Lanterns
11:00 PM Bugle TAPS
LAWN GAMES: Corn Hole, Croquet, Ladder Ball, Bocce Ball and Horseshoes will be available at all times except STORY & SONG HOUR.
“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
A 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:
Thursdays @ 6:00 AM, Cornerstone Church , 1675 84th St SE, Caledonia, MI 49316
Contact: Neal Armstrong, email@example.com, 616.293.5884
THE NARROW ROAD
Fridays @ 6:30 AM , Cornerstone Church – Heritage Hills Campus , 48 Lafayette Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Contact: Jason LaFountaine, firstname.lastname@example.org, 810.513.9594
Mondays @ 6:30 PM , Engedi Church – Cedar Village Mall , 710 Chicago Drive #100 , Holland, MI 49423
Contact: Bruce Fries, email@example.com, 616.617.7663
MEN OF ADA
Meets on various days/times at four Ada Bible Church campuses: Cascade, Knapp St, Kentwood, East Paris
Contact: Ben Vaught, firstname.lastname@example.org, 616.622.3216 www.adabible.org/men/
Wednesday @ 6:30 AM, Kentwood Community Church – Ground Zero Room (Door A), 1200 60th St SE, Kentwood, MI 49508
Contact: Tommy Diaz, email@example.com, 616.293.2644
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 616.581.5208
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
Contact: Matt Kenney MA LLPC matt@
Facilitated by: Matt Kenney MA LLPC and Tom Stewart MA LLP
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.
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 email@example.com, 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
“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