Retreat challenges men to be leaders

“This is not where it happens. This is training. [Life] happens in the battlefield.”

That is what Daniel McKim told participants in the first KNCSB Man Up men’s retreat. It was held March 4-5 at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan.

He challenged the crowd of 200 men to be like David in the Bible and rely on God’s strength to battle the giants in their lives.
McKim, from Kansas City, Mo., was the featured speaker for the retreat. He is a professional competitor in the Scottish Highland Games and works as a sales representative for an exercise equipment company. He and his wife, Natalie, have five sons.

He uses his competition in the Highland Games as a way to share his faith. Visit his Web site
His books are:

  • “Behemoth: Power Training for Strength Athletes”
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  • “Heavy Confessions”


Breakout sessions during the retreat focused on issues that affect men.

Terry McIlvain used Jesus as an example as he discussed how to get men involved in ministry in a church.

He told of men who mentored him while he was growing up. When he shared a problem with his friend Wesley, the answer always was, “The Word of God says ….
McIlvain challenged his listeners to mentor other men.

Retreat participants also learned about ways to reach people who might not be part of a traditional church.

Freeway Ministries, based at the Omaha Baptist Center in Omaha, Neb., “helps churches reach the hard to reach,” Rick Lechner said. Such people include the homeless, addicts and people who are experiencing other issues.

Freeway Ministries is a 16-week discipleship program that pairs mature Christians with new believers. It began in Omaha in August 2015. A Saturday night worship service at the Omaha Baptist Center attracts 60-80 people. Read more

Upcoming men’s events include:

  • “The Main Event” Aug. 26-27 at First Baptist Church, Raytown, Mo. LifeWay Christian Resources is sponsoring this national men’s event. Early registration with a fee of $59 per person ends on June 1. After that, the fee will be $69 per person. Find more information
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  • KNCSB Man Up Retreat, March 10-11, 2017, at Webster Conference Center. Information will be mailed to Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptist churches and posted on Facebook under KNCSB Men’s Ministry.