“Man Behind the Mask” Men’s Conference

By:  Matthew Demaree, KY-TN Men’s Conference Coordinator

Photo Courtesy of Mark Denman

Indian Creek Camp hosted the second annual KY/TN Men’s Conference, October 25-27.  This year was especially exciting because it was the first joint venture between the South Central Conference and KY/TN Conference Men’s Ministries departments.

There were 180 men in attendance which exceeded the goal of 150.  Men came from N. Y., Calif., Idaho, Ohio, Ind., Ill., and Texas as well as the representative conferences.  The speakers were Mike Tucker from Faith for Today and Dr. Phillip Willis from the Lake Region Adult Ministries Department.

Emmanuel Chester, a men’s ministry leader from South Central, said the event was a dream come true as he witnessed men from both conferences and different cultural backgrounds join together in fellowship, prayer, and worship.  He went on to say that he believed it was a fulfillment of Jesus’ prayer of John 17.

Mike Tucker expressed God’s love for His creation. He shared it was time to remove the mask of shame and accept the Father’s blessing of manhood on His children.  Dr. Willis challenged the men to live a life of real manhood and honor the call in whatever capacity or situation.

Many of the attendees expressed how powerful the weekend was because of the diversity.  They expressed their desire to join together again soon; many gave testimony to personal barriers being torn down by the rich experience of a blended event.  God’s handiwork surrounded the camp as men took walks in the woods, along the shore, paddled in canoes, or rode in the pontoon boat.  Dar White worked her magic in the kitchen and the attendees commented on the quality, presentation, and taste of the food for such a large gathering.

Words cannot express how special the weekend was, the depth of friendships formed, and the commitments to living a life of integrity.  The weekend would not have been complete without a special guest appearance of ‘Da Guys’ from the windy city!  The music was such a blessing, more time for worship in song was requested for next year.

For more information about the Men’s Conference as well as a look at next year’s event visit www.micahsixeight.com.  Plan to attend next year’s conference October 24-26, 2014 at Indian Creek Camp!