April 6-8, 2017
Midland, NC (just east of Charlotte)
It's time to reclaim the vision for your life!
Take some time to get away from your routine, meet some other guys, do some things that men like to do, talk about life, maybe grab some R&R, and return home having learned something new about yourself, others, and God.
A Unique Location
Unlike other events that take place in a megachurch or hotel conference center, MANTIME is held on the private 12 acre homestead owned by Chad & Myquillyn Smith. Having moved 14 times in 22 years of marriage Chad & Myquillyn finally realized their dream to move out from the ‘burbs and own property that would be used to welcome folks from all over and encourage them in their life and home. Chad has experience in 3 different careers- church ministry, education, and business- and now divides his time between maintaining the property and another small business. Myquillyn, aka The Nester, is a blogger and author of The Nesting Place and soon to release her new book, The Cozy Minimalist, in the Fall of 2018. Their property is in Midland, NC just 40 minutes east of Uptown Charlotte. The property was formerly the Rocky River Sawmill and together they converted an old barn into a picturesque meeting place where the events are held. The entire property is conducive for quiet conversations and long walks. It also has an acre pond, huge fire pit, and a 300′ long zipline. Along with their 3 boys (one in college, the other two in high school), Jack the chocolate Lab, 3 cats, and the property's masoct...a huge Long Island Red rooster, they strive to live a vibrant, yet purposeful lifestyle.
A Unique Approach
Quite honestly, MANTIME was born out of frustration. Throughout the years of attending multiple men’s retreats and conferences Chad felt there was a void that these events lacked. Fine as they are, they were not meeting a need which he felt so many men desired…a smaller, more engaging, honest experience. A place where guys could be themselves and have time to rest and slow down without being shuffled from one scheduled thing to another. He desired an environment where men could be encouraged and challenged with grace without being pressured, condemned, or preached at. Couple that with a rural farm setting that allows the outdoors to be the perfect backdrop to the weekend. It’s a simple idea…show up, meet some new friends, relax, eat well, and be willing to reflect on your life…that’s it! What started as a one-day event eventually evolved into this 3 day event we have every Spring. At the inaugural MANTIME we were honored to have Dr. John Sowers, author of The Heroic Path and President of The Mentoring Project, to be our speaker. Since then, the message of his book has served as a framework for MANTIME’s ideals. Our desire is that men recognize the awesome responsibility and privilege to be Godly men in today’s culture.
The MANTIME Experience
How could we have a guys weekend without a fire? A campfire has this effect of drawing people around it. It’s relaxing and usually incites both light-hearted and deep discussions. Both are welcome and encouraged this weekend!
All men need to be encouraged and challenged. But we also like to chime in with our own perspective and opinion. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to engage in some relative issues about being a man in this culture. Whether it’s light-hearted sharing about hobbies or interests or more reflective sharing the challenges facing men, you’ll feel free to engage as you feel comfortable.
R & R
We men work hard…many of us too much. Maybe you need some R&R. Maybe you need to let loose and have some fun. You’ll have a chance to “treat yo’ self”. Chill out in a quiet place, go on a stroll, or participate in some cool activities…it’s your choice.
Since this is not a conference center most guys pitch a tent, others hang an ENO nest, a few take advantage of their truck beds. Whether you want to be under roof or out under the stars the choice is yours. If you’re unable to bring a tent or sleeping bag just let us know ahead of time and we’ll do our best to accommodate. If you prefer something more refined, we can suggest a selection of local hotels at an additional cost.
MANTIME 2017 Speaker
I am both thrilled and honored to have Jamin lead our sessions this year. Jamin and I met this past summer when my wife and I were invited to a Writers Retreat in Italy. Jamin led our group each morning through a series of spiritual discussions and reflections. Although it was a "professional" vacation (thanks to my wife) I was greatly moved during our time together. Sharing some of the content from his recently released book, Jamin did so with such passion, humility, and depth. I have no doubt you'll agree after meeting Jamin.
Jamin is a pastor at Mission Hills Church. Jamin helped start Metamorpha Ministries. He lives in Southern California with his wife Kristin and four children.
Jamin believes that part of his pastoral vocation includes writing and speaking. He has written The Way of the Dragon or The Way of the Lamb: Searching for Jesus’ Path of Power in a Church That Has Abandoned It (co-authored with Kyle Strobel) and Beloved Dust: Drawing Close to God by Discovering the Truth About Yourself (co-authored with Kyle Strobel) and he has edited Reading the Christian Spiritual Classics: A Guide for Evangelicals (co-edited with Kyle Strobel). He frequently speaks at churches, retreats and conferences. Jamin writes and speaks from the depths of his own journey, seeking to invite others into the beauty and goodness of life with God.
Thursday, April 6
2-5pm: Shuttle available from airport
6pm: Welcome & Dinner
7pm: Session 1
9pm: Campfire & Connection
Friday, April 7
- 8:30a: Breakfast
- 9:30a: Session 2
- 12:30pm: Lunch
- 1pm: Free Time
- 5pm: BBQ Fest
- 6pm: Beer & Hymns
- 7pm: Session 3
- 9pm: Campfire & Connection
Saturday, April 8
- 8:30a: Breakfast
- 9:30a: Session 4
- 11:30a: Closing remarks
- 12pm: Pack up & Shuttle to airport