Last Minute Observations

Good Evening,

Bright and early tomorrow morning, the men of my church will gather for breakfast at a local diner, and then attempt to be on the way to Williams for this year’s Retreat.  Chances are that a lot of you will be doing about the same thing, and therefore will not see this update.

But let me post for those who will see it, a couple of observations you may want to know.

First, did you see the weather?  The first day will almost reach 80. Then the second day the wind will pick up.  I am glad the area we are in is partially protected by the trees.  The high that day will only be high sixties.  That means Saturday Night and Sunday morning its likely to feel downright cold, and the high on Sunday is low fifties.

Moral of the story, have some cold weather clothes and some warm weather clothes.

One final point is that I have added three optional breakout sessions for those who would like to do more laid back things during the Saturday free time.

Robert Comeaux, worship leader for the retreat, will be teaching on Music for Men.

Ralph Tone, Lifeway Church Representative, will be teaching a session on Men’s Ministry Curriculum.

Charles Short, that’s me, Director of MMR2017, will lead a discussion on Men’s Ministry and the future of this retreat.

One final point you may wish to note is that Ralph Tone will be giving away a free copy of Unfolded, by Eric Geiger, while supplies last, to the men who attend his session.  That was enough to make me commit to being there.  How about you?


Speakers and Worship Leaders for MMR 2017

Work has been progressing nicely on MMR2017.   Let me give you some details.

A group of cooperating churches are now working together to make decisions and pull together the retreat details.  In addition to this AZSBC personnel and resources are still supporting the event, as is River Valley Mission Network.  Other Associations are welcome to jump in as well.

The speakers and Worship Leaders are selected.

Dr. Jeff IorgDr. Jeff Iorg is the Primary Speaker. Dr. Iorg is the President of Gateway Seminary of the SBC.

noe-garcia-website-headshotNoe Garcia is our Guest Speaker.  Noe Garcia is the pastor of North Phoenix Baptist Church.


Robert Comeaux is the worship leader, he will be bringing with him a worship band put together from the worship ministry of North Phoenix Baptist Church.


The theme for this year has also been selected.


You may have already noticed that the name of the retreat Metamorphosis Men’s Retreat has been shortened for most usage as simply MMR2017.


We are going to be able to open registration very soon.  The first step I encourage a church to take when registration opens is to reserve slots.  Estimate a number that you are confident you can fill and send in a Participating Church Agreement with a deposit to hold those slots.  Until the camp completely fills, we will be able to continue to add additional slots if you need them.