Men’s Retreat - October 16-18, 2015

Men Living Resiliently!

Gordon MacDonald will be guiding us through a weekend of learning how to live resiliently…in our homes, churches and workplaces!

2015 Fall Couples Weekend on the Bay
Resiliently = bouncing or springing back into shape or position after being stretched, bent or compressed; recovering strength, spirits and good humor quickly; buoyant; able to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens.

Lots to Do!

Indoor rock climbing Fitness Center Basketball
Big swing Enclosed Sports Pool Volleyball
Zip line Flag Football Hot Tub
Canoeing Ping Pong Ultimate Frisbee
Fishing Billiards Soccer
Tennis Air Hockey Softball
Frisbee Golf Foosball Tournaments


Schedule subject to change

4:00pm Check in
5:30 Dinner
7:30 Session 1, Spaghetti Time!
(sounds weird,
but we’ll explain)
9:00 Snack, optional activities

8:00 am Breakfast
9:30 Session 2
Spaghetti Time
12:30 pm Lunch
Free Time
5:30 Dinner
7:00 Session 3
Spaghetti Time
9:00 Free Time

8:00 am Breakfast
Check out of guest rooms
10:00 Closing session
Spaghetti Time
12:00pm Lunch

Free time on the grounds to think, pray & process – stay as long as you like!

What they're saying...

“Awesome worship! Awesome speaker! Good fellowship!” Eric, Nottingham, PA

“To be surrounded by so many men honoring God was truly an experience!” Deron, Astoria, NY

“Wonderful messages and super presentation. We gained much insight through spaghetti time too.” Chuck, Mickleton, NJ

“I connected with God and my brothers as I was challenged to grow in my walk with Jesus.” Gary, Newark, DE

“Good balance of group time, personal time and corporate worship time and teaching.” Scott, Stockton, NJ

“Great message and the different activities for the men was great!” Arthur, Denton, MD

Special Guests

Gordon MacDonald

Gordon MacDonald was named Chancellor of Denver Seminary in 2011. He served as interim president of Denver Seminary (2008-2009).

He is an author, speaker, and teacher, and was a pastor for more than 40 years, serving most recently for 21 years as the senior minister at Grace Chapel, Lexington, Massachusetts. Other pastorates included New York City, southern Illinois, and Kansas. Gordon MacDonald was also president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for three years.

Pastor MacDonald’s academic background includes a BA from the University of Colorado (1962), and a MDiv from Denver Seminary (1966). Denver Seminary awarded him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 2011, and Barrington College (which later merged with Gordon College) awarded him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 1979.

He has written more than 20 books and co-authored others with his wife, Gail. Perhaps his best known book has been Ordering Your Private World which won the Gold Medallion and the Platinum Awards from the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association. There are almost 1.5 million copies of this book in print, and it has been translated into a dozen languages. Among his other books are When Men Think Private Thoughts, Secrets of a Generous Life, Renewing Your Spiritual Passion, Mid-Course Correction, and A Resilient Life. His most recent books are Going Deeper: Becoming a Person of Influence (2011) and Building Below the Waterline: Shoring Up the Foundations of Leadership (2011). He writes regularly for each addition of Leadership Journal and also writes a monthly column which appears on the website.

MacDonald serves as editor-at-large with Leadership Journal, a publication of Christianity Today, Inc. Until September of 2007, he was the chairman of the board of World Relief Corporation, an NAE-associated relief and development organization committed to the alleviation of suffering and poverty in the areas of HIV/AIDS, micro-enterprise development, refugee resettlement, and disaster assistance. He also speaks frequently at conferences, both in the United States and in other parts of the world. Privately, he engages with company leaders as an executive coach.

Gordon and Gail MacDonald, married 53 years, live in Concord, New Hampshire. Their greatest delight is in their two married children and five grandchildren. The MacDonalds are also hikers, bikers, kayakers, picture-takers and voracious readers.

Worship Leader
Christopher Wright

Christopher’s joy and calling is to strengthen, encourage and comfort the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 14:3) and to help people of all generations come to see the greatness of God.

Born and raised in the Philly suburbs, Christopher and his college sweetheart, Jeannie, currently reside in Exton, PA with their three adult children. In 1988 they were blessed with a special needs daughter who was unable to walk, talk, or eat–except through a tube. Amanda’s brief 15 years on this earth taught Christopher much about God’s love, sovereignty, and what matters most. Her profound impact on his life caused him to worship Christ like he never had before, and inspired him to write songs that flowed from a grateful, broken heart.

In order to comfort others with the comfort he and his family received (2 Cor. 1: 3-4), Christopher answered the call to full-time music ministry in 1995 and founded Blessed Hurricane Ministries, a concert and worship ministry which has taken him to churches, camps and conferences all around the world. Having also served ten years as a pastor of worship, he enjoys coaching worship leaders and their teams. Whether leading 80,000 in worship at Creation Festival (’04 & ’05) or a handful of missionaries and families in remote places around the world with the WordFM, his contagious passion for making much of Christ remains the same.

As a musical missionary with, Christopher is currently serving as a worship leader at Calvary Chapel of Delaware County in Chadds Ford, PA, as well as interim worship pastor at Calvary Chapel of Delta in Delta, PA. His songs can be heard on his own indie projects as well as on major label recordings by Integrity Music, Maranatha! Music, CFNI Music, and Sovereign Grace Music.

Visit Christopher’s website


All rates are per person and include two nights lodging, six meals, snacks, program and activities.
Chesapeake Lodge
Rates begin at $199 per person.

Quad occupancy
Triple occupancy
Double occupancy
Single occupancy

Most rooms have two twin beds and one queen size bed, so triple occupancy allows for each person to have their own sleep space. Family rooms have one queen size bed, two twin beds and two twin sleeper sofas.

Treat yourself to an upgraded room!
Ask about beautiful bay view rooms and 2 room suites – a few with Jacuzzis!
Upgraded charge is per room, not per person

Looking for a slightly different Retreat? Try our campground!
Log Cabins are now open all year!

Log Cabin Rates: $249 per person*, minimum occupancy of 4
*Please note that there is a minimum occupancy required for all cabins.

Financial hardship? Partial scholarships are available.

Modest swimsuits are required…baggy trunks please.

10% military discount for all program events for ALL military personnel.
This discount is available to any member of the armed forces, any branch and their immediate family members living in their household.