WE HELP MINISTRIES REACH MEN THROUGH CHRIST-CENTERED STORYTELLING EVENTS

WE HELP MINISTRIES REACH MEN THROUGH CHRIST-CENTERED STORYTELLING EVENTS

OVER THE NEXT DECADE, WE WANT TO REACH 1,000,000 MEN 

In order to reach our 2-year goals, we’re trusting God for $10,000 a month in recurring giving or $250,000.

Will you partner with us? 

OVER THE NEXT DECADE, WE WANT TO REACH 1,000,000 MEN 

In order to reach our 2-year goals, we’re trusting God for $10,000 a month in recurring support or $250,000 by November 1st, 2019.

WILL YOU PARTNER WITH US?

OUR 2-YEAR GOALS

✔︎ PARTNER WITH 10 MORE MINISTRIES TO ESTABLISH BASE CAMPS AND STORY RETREATS IN 10 NEW CITIES

✔︎ LAUNCH A NATIONWIDE BASECAMP PODCAST

✔︎ PRODUCE BASE CAMP PRINT CONTENT – MAGAZINE & STORY JOURNAL 

✔︎ 2 YEARS OF FUNDING AND DEVELOPMENT OF OUR WEST MICHIGAN MEN’S MINISTRY & BASE CAMP NATION

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We’ve currently raised 30% of our goal at $3000 per month.  

Help us reach our goal of $10,000 per month ($125,000 per year) by Nov 1, 2019.   

 

 BECOME A MONTHLY PARTNER

Partner with us to hire a full-time director.

ANNUAL OPERATION BUDGET –  $48,000

– BASE CAMP NATION & STORY RETREAT National Promotion/Multiplication

– Oversee Marketing/Communications BARN BASE CAMP,  PROMISE KEEPERS Regional Simulcast Events

– Director, West Michigan Men’s Ministry

 

BECOME A PROJECT PARTNER

Not interested in monthly giving? Partner with us to fund one or more of these crucial projects:

 

STORY RETREAT NATIONAL TEMPLATE KIT – $3,000 

– October Retreat Video Promo ($250) & B-Roll ($200)

– Post-October Promo Video, $600

– Promotional Design, $350

– Story Retreat Playbook, $1,600

PRINT & DIGITAL STORY JOURNAL – $5,000

– Video, $1,500

– Writing & Design, $2,500

– Initial Print, 1,000 copies, $1,000

NATIONAL BASE CAMP PODCAST, 15 EPISODES – $10,000

– Admin/Scheduling/Food, $1,500

– Design/Initial Promotion, $1,000

– Editing, $5,000

– Repurposing articles, $1,500

– Studio Rental, $1,000

BARN BASE CAMP 2020 BARN & TENT RENTAL DEPOSITS – $1,500

BASE CAMP NATION NEW WEBSITE/PLAYBOOK – $3,000

UPDATE CURRENT GRACE EXPLORATIONS WEBSITE – $1,500

TRAVEL, ADMIN, NATIONAL NETWORKING/CONFERENCES – $25,000

BASE CAMP NATION (60-80 PAGE) PRINT MAGAZINE – $28,000

 

 

 BECOME A MONTHLY PARTNER

Partner with us to hire a full-time director.

ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET –  $48,000

– BASE CAMP NATION & STORY RETREAT National Promotion/Multiplication

– Oversee Marketing/Communications BARN BASE CAMP,  PROMISE KEEPERS Regional Simulcast Events

– Director, West Michigan Men’s Ministry

 

BECOME A PROJECT PARTNER

Not interested in monthly giving? Partner with us to fund one or more of these crucial projects:

 STORY RETREAT NATIONAL TEMPLATE KIT – $3,000 

– October Retreat Video Promo ($250) & B-Roll ($200)

– Post-October Promo Video, $600

– Promotional Design, $350

– Story Retreat Playbook, $1,600

PRINT & DIGITAL STORY JOURNAL – $5,000

– Video, $1,500

– Writing & Design, $2,500

– Initial Print, 1,000 copies, $1,000

NATIONAL BASE CAMP PODCAST, 15 EPISODES – $10,000

– Admin/Scheduling/Food, $1,500

– Design/Initial Promotion, $1,000

– Editing, $5,000

– Repurposing articles, $1,500

– Studio Rental, $1,000

BARN BASE CAMP 2020 BARN & TENT RENTAL DEPOSITS – $1,500

BASE CAMP NATION NEW WEBSITE/PLAYBOOK – $3,000

UPDATE CURRENT GRACE EXPLORATIONS WEBSITE – $1,500

TRAVEL, ADMIN, NATIONAL NETWORKING/CONFERENCES – $25,000

BASE CAMP NATION (60-80 PAGE) PRINT MAGAZINE – $28,000

 

 

EVENTS THAT REACH & TRANSFORM MEN

Grace Explorations helps ministries reach more men through strategic Story-based events: Base Camp & Story Retreats. 

These events aren’t just theory, they’re time-tested experiences that uniquely help men interpret their stories through God’s Great Gospel Story.  

 

WHAT’S BASE CAMP?

WHAT’S A STORY RETREAT?

EVENTS THAT REACH & TRANSFORM MEN

Grace Explorations helps ministries reach more men through strategic Story-based events – Base Camp & Story Retreats. 

These events aren’t just theory, they’re time-tested experiences that uniquely help men interpret their stories through God’s Great Gospel Story.

 

WHAT IS BASE CAMP?

WHAT IS A STORY RETREAT?

WHY STORYTELLING EVENTS?

We believe Story is a tool that every ministry can use to evangelize and disciple men. Why? 

It’s Accessible 

No big-budget programs or superstar speakers are needed. Every ministry can reach men through story.

It’s Attractive 

Story has a way of captivating the imagination in a way that no other technique can.

It’s Authentic 

Vulnerable stories brew what men thirst- genuine brotherhood in Christ.

It’s Authoritative 

You can’t deny the truth of a man transformed by Christ.

CHANGED LIVES

Jimmy and Don share how the brotherhood found through story events changed their lives. 

WHY STORYTELLING EVENTS?

We believe Story is a tool that every ministry can use to evangelize and disciple men. Why? 

It’s Accessible 

No big-budget programs or superstar speakers are needed. Every ministry can reach men through story.

It’s Attractive 

Story has a way of captivating the imagination in a way that no other technique can.

It’s Authentic 

Vulnerable stories brew what men thirst- genuine brotherhood in Christ.

It’s Authoritative 

You can’t deny the truth of a man transformed by Christ.

CHANGED LIVES

Jimmy and Don share how the community found through story events changed their lives. 

WHAT CHURCH LEADERS ARE SAYING

“This past year we launched Base Camp Rochester and instantly an unspoken thirst was quenched.   

We saw 120 men attend and bring friends who have nothing to do with God or church to hear a man’s story of hurt, shame and redemption…I saw multiple men take their friends to the attached restaurant and share a meal and meaningful conversation.  

To know that men were able to sit and process what they heard together and, God-willing, share their own perspective and story is just down right exciting…   

Base Camp has been a bright spot in our men’s ministry and we are at the point where people are asking us when the next one is all the time.  

Dave Frank, Faith Lutheran Church, Troy, MI

“As a pastor of a local church I am always looking for ways to unleash the missional capacity of everyday people.  Base Camp has been an invaluable tool for us.

It’s helped our men name their unique opportunity to reach their zip code as well as create onramps to spiritual conversations with their neighbors. We can’t wait for our next event!”

Steve Hubbard, Awaken Wesleyan Church, Grand Ledge, MI 

“Base Camp is a place where I can invite men who are otherwise not comfortable in church. 

I’ve felt the guilt and shame of my past, and have felt I wasn’t good enough to attend church.  Basecamp is a safe place where men meet, share stories, not judge, give grace, and seek redemption.  Basecamp truly is a unique ministry that is starting to relight the fire in men’s hearts that has long been extinguished by guilt and shame.

Steve Huizinga, Providence Christian Reformed Church, Caledonia, MI 

“Base Camp has been a powerful experience for the men of our community.

I believe men have suffered from the lack of shared story; in this society we no longer have a place where we can come together in a relaxed setting, share our lives with each other, and learn from the mess and glory of each other’s experiences. Base Camp has provided that for us.

We consistently hear from the men that attend that they appreciate the opportunity to fellowship and be inspired by other men. The energy that is clearly present on these evenings challenge men to walk with passion and commitment. We are excited to see how God uses this ministry in the months and years ahead!”

Steve Roskamp, Foundations Church, Loveland, CO

WHAT CHURCH LEADERS ARE SAYING

“As a pastor of a local church I am always looking for ways to unleash the missional capacity of everyday people.  Base Camp has been an invaluable tool for us.

It’s helped our men name their unique opportunity to reach their zip code as well as create onramps to spiritual conversations with their neighbors. We can’t wait for our next event!”

Steve Hubbard, Awaken Wesleyan Church, Grand Ledge, MI 

“Base Camp has been a powerful experience for the men of our community.

I believe men have suffered from the lack of shared story; in this society we no longer have a place where we can come together in a relaxed setting, share our lives with each other, and learn from the mess and glory of each other’s experiences. Base Camp has provided that for us.

We consistently hear from the men that attend that they appreciate the opportunity to fellowship and be inspired by other men. The energy that is clearly present on these evenings challenge men to walk with passion and commitment. We are excited to see how God uses this ministry in the months and years ahead!”

Steve Roskamp, Foundations Church, Loveland, CO

“This past year we launched Base Camp Rochester and instantly an unspoken thirst was quenched.   We saw 120 men attend and bring friends who have nothing to do with God or church to hear a man’s story of hurt, shame and redemption…I saw multiple men take their friends to the attached restaurant and share a meal and meaningful conversation.  To know that men were able to sit and process what they heard together and, God-willing, share their own perspective and story is just down right exciting…   

Base Camp has been a bright spot in our men’s ministry and we are at the point where people are asking us when the next one is all the time.  

Dave Frank, Faith Lutheran Church, Troy, MI

“Base Camp is a place where I can invite men who are otherwise not comfortable in church. 

I’ve felt the guilt and shame of my past, and have felt I wasn’t good enough to attend church.  Basecamp is a safe place where men meet, share stories, not judge, give grace, and seek redemption.  Basecamp truly is a unique ministry that is starting to relight the fire in men’s hearts that has long been extinguished by guilt and shame.

Steve Huizinga, Providence Christian Reformed Church, Caledonia, MI 

OUR 2-YEAR GOALS

✔︎ PARTNER WITH 10 MORE MINISTRIES TO ESTABLISH BASE CAMPS AND STORY RETREATS IN 10 NEW CITIES

We’re currently on course to have 10 Base Camps by the end of 2019. But we want to see Base Camps and Story Retreats built nationwide. 

✔︎ LAUNCH A NATIONWIDE PODCAST 

20 Episodes of the most popular Base Camp stories featured throughout the last 3 years, accessible to anyone, anytime, anywhere.

 

✔︎ PRODUCE BASE CAMP PRINT CONTENT – MAGAZINE & STORY JOURNAL 

The stories of Base Camp in magazine form. And a free Story Journal available to every man who attends Base Camp to help them take their first steps in interpreting their own story. 

✔︎ 2 YEARS OF FUNDING and DEVELOPMENT OF OUR WEST MICHIGAN MEN’S MINISTRY

We’re committed to continuing our ministry to men specifically in the Grand Rapids region through Base Camp at Founder’s Brewery and subsequent community events.

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We’ve currently raised 30% of our goal at $3000 per month.  

Help us reach our goal of $10,000 per month ($125,000 per year) by Nov 1, 2019.   

 

I value the goals Grace Explorations has established to reach men without shame… The leaders and other men are announcing, ‘We will love and respect your deepest self no matter what. The past does not define you…We will explore all the ways greater grace can come to you.’ Thus, Grace Explorations.”

Dr. EMERSON EGGERICHS 

Founder & President, LOVE & RESPECT Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI

I value the goals Grace Explorations has established to reach men without shame… The leaders and other men are announcing, ‘We will love and respect your deepest self no matter what. The past does not define you…We will explore all the ways greater grace can come to you.’ Thus, Grace Explorations.”

 

Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, Founder & President, LOVE & RESPECT Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kevin DeVries

Jeff Belmonte

Steve Huizinga

Kel Scott

Founder/President – Grace Explorations,  Inspirational Speaker, Explorer, Entrepreneur, Author & National Men’s Ministry Leader, 616.916.5909 

Kevin@graceexplorations.com

Owner/Partner – Summit View Advisors,  Decades of Church & Non-Profit Leadership,  NCAA Volleyball Coach & Certified John Maxwell Team Coach, 616.295.5048

Jeff@summitviewadvisor.com

President – Allied Mechanical Services, Inc.,  Chapter Leader Alcoholics Anonymous, Board Member several Non-Profit Organizations in W. MI, 616.299.8809 

shuizinga@alliedmechanical.com

Attorney/Partner – Mallory, Lapka, Scott & Selin, PLLC, President – Reach & Love Lansing, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, JD in Law – Cum Laude, 517. 230.1245

kscott@mlpc.com

TOGETHER, LET’S REACH 1,000,000 MEN FOR CHRIST

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kevin DeVries

Founder/President – Grace Explorations,  Inspirational Speaker, Explorer, Entrepreneur, Author & National Men’s Ministry Leader

616.916.5909 Kevin@graceexplorations.com

Jeff Belmonte

Owner/Partner – Summit View Advisors,  Decades of Church & Non-Profit Leadership,  NCAA Volleyball Coach & Certified John Maxwell Team Coach 

616.295.5048 Jeff@summitviewadvisor.com

Steve Huizinga

President – Allied Mechanical Services, Inc.,  Chapter Leader Alcoholics Anonymous, Board Member several Non-Profit Organizations in W. MI

616.299.8809 shuizinga@alliedmechanical.com

Kel Scott

Attorney/Partner – Mallory, Lapka, Scott & Selin, PLLC, President – Reach & Love Lansing, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Juris Doctorate Degree in Law – Cum Laude, 

517. 230.1245 kscott@mlpc.com

TOGETHER, LET’S REACH 1,000,000 MEN FOR CHRIST