Ahavat Yeshua Men's Retreat
As we all know, certain issues and areas of life can be of particular challenge to men or women specifically because of the G-d given differences in our nature and roles. In recognition of that reality and out of a genuine desire to address the needs and trials of the men within our congregation, an annual men's retreat (usually mountain top excursion) was established as a time for specific teachings, transparent personal ministry, impartation of the Spirit, and strengthening the bonds of brotherhood among us.
We take a three-day weekend in the fall and head out to a a lodge large enough to accommodate our party in the Shenandoah or Blue Ridge mountains. We prefer a secluded, more rustic locale where we can forego the frills and creature comforts typically associated with conference/event venues. Instead, we gladly trade them in for hiking, grilling, bonfires, and the awe-inspiring natural setting of autumn painted mountain views. Men within our congregation who are at least 18 years of age are invited and encouraged to participate.
In order to provide personal ministry on this level for those who may be seeking it, we understand the importance of openness and trust. We are far less concerned about a specific wrong committed or the nature of an individual’s struggle as we are about fostering an atmosphere for Godly counsel to be received, repentance to take root, and reconciliation to be achieved. To that end we have a saying: “What happens on the mountain stays on the mountain.” It’s about more than just walking in integrity toward our brothers and with respect to whatever may have been shared during our time together. It’s also about being released and being able to leave the weights and burdens of those things behind us as we descend from the mountain more informed, empowered, and engaged in our faith walk with God. While there are sometimes a few invited guests from other congregational communities in attendance, the Ahavat Yeshua’s Men's Retreat is primarily an intra-congregational ministry and will remain so.
"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"