DAVIS—The 2023 Oklahoma Baptist Men’s Retreat, set for April 28-29 at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center, will offer a wide array of activities and points of interest for all men.
From fishing to motorcycles, target sports to grilling, this year’s retreat offers both the popular activities and multiple new ones, according to Bubba Burcham, men’s ministry partner for Oklahoma Baptists who leads the event.
“Men will be encouraged in their faith in the Lord by great speakers, including Oklahoma Baptists’ Joe Ligon, (Pastor) Michael McDaniel and Brad Clay of Final Descent Outdoors. Seth Garrett will be leading worship,” Burcham said. “This year’s Men’s Retreat has special activities that all men—that any guy—can enjoy.”
Activities will be a major focal point at the retreat this year. Burcham said there will be more of an emphasis of “having more of a retreat and less of a conference.”
“Prepare for a different Men’s Retreat this year!” he said. “While the past has centered around main sessions—while having activities—this year we will center the retreat around activities and demonstrations with a Biblical message.”
Burcham said the intention of a schedule change was to allow more time for church men’s group to connect and enjoy their time together.
“The emphasis of the retreat has always been to have men’s lives be transformed by the Gospel lived out in the local church,” he said. “This year, there will be more opportunities for small group engagement to drive home the principles of Biblical masculinity.”
Registration is now open for the 2023 Men’s Retreat at oklahomabaptists.org/men. Churches across the state will be bringing groups.
Well-known bass fisherman Jimmy Houston will share fishing stories and his faith. Lew Sterrett, a professional horse trainer and pastor, will be sharing at the Cowboy Corrall. Other featured demonstrations include: Mike King FMX rider/stunt rider; Smokey Hurst, duck dog demonstration; Steve Wood BBQ specialist and smoker of meat.
The Oklahoma Men’s Retreat will also have target and Tannerite shooting with training, guns, and ammo will be provided onsite (Note: Attendees are not permitted to bring weapons to the event and should not bring personal firearms for the target sports).
The Men’s Retreat also will offer competitions including a 5K run, Super Smash Bros. Tournament gaming, Sportsman for Christ archery competition and a dodgeball tournament. Other experiences include axe throwing, Faith Riders Shine and Show Ride, and a chainsaw demonstration.
Brad Clay, founder and owner of Final Descent Outdoors, will serve as event emcee. He said, “This year’s event will be memorable and will equip you to be strong in your walk with the Lord. Every time I have attended the retreat, I have walked away encouraged and energized. Don’t miss this opportunity.”
Registration ends April 9 and is $90 for adults, $75 for students (Note: students must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian).
Visit oklahomabaptists.org/men to register or for more information. To view a podcast interview about the Men’s Retreat featuring Burcham and Clay, visit baptistmessenger.com/podcast.