April 12-14, 2018
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 similar 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 23 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 co-owning an outdoor living business. Myquillyn, aka The Nester, is a blogger and author of The Nesting Place and The Cozy Minimalist (release date 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 a 1 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 mascot...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 these events lacked. Fine as they are, they were not meeting a need which he felt so many men desired…a smaller, honest, and more engaging 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, as 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 2018 Speaker
David Murrow is director of Church for Men, an organization dedicated to restoring a healthy, life-giving masculine spirit in Christian congregations. He is the author of Why Men Hate Going to Church, an inspirational bestseller with more than 150,000 copies in print in more than a dozen languages. The book has been reviewed in newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times and many others. He’s spoken about the gender gap on the NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel and PBS. He’s a frequent guest on Christian TV and radio programs such as Family Life Today, Dr. Dobson’s Family Talk and dozens of local broadcasts. He’s a contributor to several Christian magazines, including Christianity Today, Leadership Journal, Outreach and many others.
A sought-after speaker, Murrow has delivered keynote addresses for the National Coalition of Men’s Ministries, Presbyterian Men, and Lutheran Men in Mission to name a few. He’s trained church leaders for Promise Keepers, and has spoken at men’s events around the world.
Murrow tackles his taboo subject with grace, using humorous photos, unforgettable illustrations and dramatic re-enactments of the things that drive men crazy about church.
Murrow spent thirty years honing his skills as a communicator, producing and writing award-winning television documentaries, commercials and specials. He’s contributed material to Discovery Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, Food Network, Travel Channel, Dr. Phil, The Miss America Pageant and many others. He is the former Director of Communications for the Alaska Governor’s Office, where he served under Sarah Palin.
Murrow has a degree in Anthropology from Baylor University. He’s a layman who’s served as an elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He’s married with three children and lives in Chugiak, Alaska.
Thursday, April 12
2-5pm: Shuttle available from airport
6pm: Welcome & Dinner
7pm: Session 1
9pm: Campfire & Connection
Friday, April 13
- 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 14
- 8:30a: Breakfast
- 9:30a: Session 4
- 11:30a: Closing remarks
- 12pm: Pack up & Shuttle to airport