DAVIS—This year’s Rewired Men’s Retreat—April 25-26 at the Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center—will challenge participants to be a “Man of Influence.”
Sponsored by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), the annual event, which is expected to draw more than 3,500 men and boys from as far away as Arizona and Georgia, will provide inspiration crossing generational lines and even spanning centuries, featuring a special breakout session in the Wynn Center for World Missions titled, “Leaving a Legacy that Really Matters: Lessons from the Life of Charles Spurgeon,” led by Christian George, Jewell and Joe L. Huitt Assistant Professor of Religious Education at Oklahoma Baptist University.
Responding to participant feedback, Rewired organizers have changed the retreat’s schedule this year, expanding the length of the Friday evening main session in the tabernacle to three hours (6-9 p.m.) and offering more breakout sessions, including three Friday afternoon and two Saturday morning. All breakout sessions will last one hour.
“Rewired has different content every year, although the pre-event activities are similar of course,” said conference director and speaker Keith Burkhart, BGCO family and men’s ministry specialist. “It’s worth investing your dollars in one 24-hour period to walk shoulder-to-shoulder with other men in your church to build relationships that you’ve never had. Also, it’s a great tool to reach out to men who are struggling with family issues, who may be lost or to introduce work associates to a company of men who will rally together to love God.”
Burkhart stressed that Rewired is a cross-generational event, too.
“Our 13-18 year-old population doubled last year,” he pointed out.“
And, to cater to that younger generation, Rewired 2014 will feature “Propaganda,” spoken word poet and hip hop recording artist from Los Angeles, who is described as “dynamic, soulful, experimental, and clever, all focused on the heart of a person. With an uncompromising message intertwined with hot rhythms and beats . . . Propaganda lyrically puts together potent relevant music that reaches across the spectrum of youth and pop culture.”
Propaganda will be on the program Friday evening, along with keynote speaker Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter, pastor of New Orleans, Franklin Ave. , and Burkhart.
On Saturday morning, the keynote speaker will be David L. Cook, motivational speaker, Peak Performance coach and author of Golf’s Sacred Journey: Seven Days in Utopia, which was made into a movie featuring Robert Duvall. Cook has served as “Mental Training Coach“ for the San Antonio Spurs, Kansas Jayhawks and many PGA tour winners.
New Rewired attractions this year include a 5K run at 6 a.m. Saturday morning, Real Encounter BMX Team performances in front of the tabernacle, and “friendly” dart competition.
Recurring activities include the cowboy camp, trout fishing, climbing wall and ropes course, shotgunning, video gaming, “Tour de Creek” (15- or 30-mile) bicycle ride at 1 p.m., Friday and a bonus session from 1:30-3 p.m., Saturday with Lew Sterrett.
Andy Harrison, Falls Creek program director and BGCO student ministry specialist, will be the emcee for Rewired, and worship leader for the fifth consecutive year will be Matt Roberson of Houston, founder of Springboard Ministries, and worship pastor at Metropolitan Church (The MET).
Rewired features 20 breakout sessions in addition to the Spurgeon session. Leaders, and their session titles, include: Brandon Guindon-Relational Discipleship for Real Life; Brett Hendrix-Fearing the White Flag; Brian Hobbs-Family Matters; Bubba Burcham-How to Break out of Complacency; Clarence Hill-Man of the Hour-Restore, Restore, Restore; Jason Ellerbrook-Leading Men-Recruiting, Training and Deploying; Jerry Wright-Porn: The New Drug of Choice; John Wolf III-Overcoming Daily Temptations; Lance Lang-Surviving Addiction; Larry McAtee-Wanted: Faithful Men to Manage God’s Money; Lew Sterrett-Cowboy Camp; Matt Moseley-Defusing the Technological Landmine; Mike Keahbone-Curse Breakers; Mike Wilson-Praying for and Passing Your Faith to Your Children; Real Encounter BMX Team; Rick Furmanek-More than Just an Opinion; Tawa Anderson-Contending for the Truth & the ResurrectionTony Higging-Guilt-Free and Grace-Filled Practical Family Discipleship; Walter Wilson-God’s Men from Lo-debar to the Palace; Wes Lane-The Issue of Identity; and Zac Workun-9th Continent.
Discount registration is still available through April 15 at $70 for those over 18 years old and $50 for those 17 and under. Registration at the gate will be $80 and $60 respectively. Registration is available at www.menrewired.com/registration.