Director reflects on annual Training Camp conference
Special to the Whig
On Saturday, Sept. 24th, 75 men converged on Restore Church in Havre de Grace from as far away as Philadelphia and Baltimore to be challenged and equipped to live life as strong Biblical men.
The Fourth Annual Training Camp (TC) Men’s Conference began at 8 a.m. with a free breakfast provided by the ladies of the Training Camp team and concluded at 2 p.m. with Darrell “Coach D” Andrews giving the “Final Marking Orders,” to “Spiritually dominate your situation, rather than have the situation dominate you!” The day was full of worship, praise, fellowship and teaching, all geared toward reaching, connecting and discipling men. They forged relationships with one another and with Jesus Christ!
Training Camp was born out of the need for revival in Cecil County and the belief that it had to start with men. In the past the event was held in Rising Sun, but this year, because of the generosity of Restore Church and Pastor Jessie Bousa, the event was moved to Havre de Grace.
Every man who attended TC received materials and the opportunity to connect with other men in a 6-week follow-up study based on a booklet by Man in the Mirror called “Leading a Mission-Driven Life.” The goal is to connect with other men, and have the Word of God trans- form their lives. In the past, events had no follow-up, so men were left asking what was next. By offering them followup studies throughout the county, we have the opportunity to capture the momentum we created with the conference.
The highlight of the day was keynote speaker Gary Cobb, former NFL linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles. Cobb continually asked men to look inside themselves and evaluate their priorities. He asked them: “What is truly important?” He also used inspiring football vernacular to challenge men to stand in the “gap” in the power of the Holy Spirit, to be the men of God we were created to be.
Cobb also tackled some of the divisive tension that exists in our country. He boldly challenged men as believers of Jesus Christ to be the answer, to be instruments of unity and stand together in faith. His challenge: “Satan is running the ball down our throats, who is gonna stand up and stop it?”
The men left well-fed, inspired and challenged. Everyone is looking forward to Training Camp 2017!
Stephen Basht is the area director for the Susquehanna and Delaware coalition for men’s discipleship for Man in the Mirror Ministries.
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The fourth annual Training Camp conference this past weekend challenged men to be agents of good in their communities.