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May 5-7, 2017

 

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66th Annual Men’s Conference

2017 theme: “Navigating life, steered by the compass of the Word.”
Marching orders from Micah.

Mark your calendars now for a spiritually renewing weekend during the 66th Annual Mo-Ranch Men’s Conference! The 2017 keynote speaker is Rev. Dr. Blair R. Monie. Click the leadership tab to learn more about this year’s Men’s Conference leadership.

What Is Men’s Conference?

Men’s Conference is a God-filled weekend in the wide-open spaces of the Texas Hill Country along the banks of the Guadalupe River at Mo-Ranch. This is our single largest and longest running conference, where hundreds of men from all ages gather together annually for fellowship and spiritual renewal.

What Will We Do?

Conference activities will include keynote presentations, worship, song, relaxation and recreation.

Workshop courses will be offered covering a wide variety of educational and spiritual topics through five primary categories: Bible study, church, mission, personal development and social issues. Other course opportunities will be available that include a chance to learn new skills, indoors or outdoors.

During Saturday afternoon, optional free time activities include kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, swimming, ropes course, rappelling off the catwalk, fishing, washer pitchin’, sports activities and more!

Who Can Come?

All generations, men from 13 years and up. Ages 13-17 require an accompanying adult registration.

Conference Vision

The Men’s Conference at Mo-Ranch is a gathering of men who on a weekend meet to worship together in Word, song and Sacrament. United in their bond with the Lord and moved by His Spirit, they engage in fellowship, study, recreation and ministry to each other. Through the gifts of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, they receive renewed strength to go forth and live daily, sharing the love of God, revealed in Jesus Christ, through words, deeds and activities.

Conference Goals

  • Inspire the participants of this conference to reach beyond the manmade barriers of this world and share the love, understanding and joy of Jesus Christ.
  • Provide an opportunity for each man at the conference to experience the presence of God in his life.
  • To find it in ourselves to be open to finding ways to enrich our personal lives through establishing closer bonds among ourselves (men, fathers and sons/sons-in-law) using our faithfulness as a base.
  • Provide instructive workshops for spiritual development, daily living, personal and congregational ministry.
  • Encourage the men in the conference to minister to each other and learn from one another.
  • Create an atmosphere for each man to have a joyful weekend at the conference.
  • Increase the number of men of all ages whose lives are enriched by the conference.
  • Inspire men to go forward as ambassadors for the ministry of Mo-Ranch.

Don’t miss an unforgettable weekend to grow in your faith with God and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Register now, space is limited!

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Blair R. Monie, Austin Seminary

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Blair Monie holds a BA in English from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania (1970), a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary (1973), and a Doctor of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary (1979), where his doctoral thesis focused on the supervision of seminarians in field education.  Dr. Monie has served as pastor of churches in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Texas—most recently as senior pastor of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas, where he served for 19 years.

Consistently committed to theological education, he supervised students in Princeton’s “Teaching Church” program for nine years, and was a reader of DMin qualifying examinations for nine years at Princeton Seminary.  As a member of the General Assembly Council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), he chaired the Congregational Ministries Division and served on the Committee on Theological Education.  In 2006, Dr. Monie chaired the Ecclesiology Committee of the 217th General Assembly, with responsibility for the Report of the Peace, Unity, and Purity Task Force of the denomination. For four years at Preston Hollow, he mentored new seminary graduates in the Lilly Pastoral Residency program.

Having served for nine years as a trustee of Austin Seminary, in 2013, Monie was honored by a generous gift of Robert and Mary Wright of Dallas, establishing the Blair R. Monie Distinguished Chair in Homiletics. Monie is author of “Seven Days to Glory,” a study of Holy Week, published by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Princeton Theological Seminary.

 


Bible Study Leader: Dr. Robert S. (Bob) Crilley, First Presbyterian Church Grapevine

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Dr. Crilley has been pastor of First Presbyterian Church Grapevine since May 1993. Bob is a gifted preacher who has the ability to communicate with the congregation as if he were talking to each member individually. He has won several preaching awards and authored the book “Veiled Glimpses of God’s Glory” (CSS Publishing). He is a graduate of the University of Michigan (1984) with a BA in English Literature and Philosophy. He received his theological education at Princeton (Masters) and McCormick Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry). He was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Austin College. He previously served Slate Ridge Presbyterian Church in Cardiff, Maryland for five years. Bob enjoys reading, writing and playing the tuba (Lake Cities Community Band).

Son of the long-time pastor at Fort Street Presbyterian Church of Detroit and a native of Michigan, Bob is an avid fan of Detroit sports teams and his beloved UM Wolverines. Bob is married to Judy and they have three daughters.

 


Conference Chaplain: Rev. David Schaefers, First Presbyterian Church of Richardson

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David has been the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Richardson since 2012. He is a warm and energetic person, and brings both passion and purpose to his ministry. He loves people and is deeply committed to pastoral care. Home and hospital visitation are an important part of his ministry.

David says: “My ministry is shaped by prayerfully promoting genuine discipleship for all ages and stages of God’s people—and by letting God do the rest.”

David and Leigh were married in June of 2000 and have two daughters.

 

Click here to download the schedule. Please note, this schedule is in progress and is subject to change.

2017 Men’s Conference Workshop Topics

*additional information, coming soon!

Bible Study/Worship

Pocket Share Jesus
Wesley Fryer
Dishman
9:15 & 1:00
Come learn how to share your favorite Bible verses with your children and grandchildren, using your phone or iPad.  Learn how to share inspiring quotations from a Kindle book you’re reading from Amazon.  Practical and hands-on steps!  This session is designed specifically for grandfathers who are not tech savvy!  Resources on www.dw4jc.com.
Wes Fryer is a follower of Jesus Christ in Oklahoma City.  He is active in his church men’s ministry, kid’s ministry, and adult Sunday school class.  He is an ordained church deacon and elder.  He is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Edmond, Oklahoma.  Wes’ background includes service in the US Air Force and work as an elementary school teacher.  He is currently the Director of Technology for Casady School in OKC.
Biblical Storytelling
Mark Cooper
Westview 2
10:30 & 1:00
The Bible arose from a time before most people could read.  Biblical stories were communicated by people telling them; with the power of one of humanity’s original art forms, storytelling.  In today’s worship services, it is often during the reading of Scripture that we begin to lose people’s attention.  Biblical storytelling seeks to return the dynamism to communicating the Bible’s timeless message.
Mark is currently failing retirement and is serving as pastor of Firelands Presbyterian church in Port Clinton, Ohio.  He previously served as pastor of churches in Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.  With many fond memories and friends in Texas, and children and grandchildren in Austin, a large part of his heart will always be in the Lone Star State.
Letters from Chadwick Mills; Presbyterian Church right here, right now.
John Williams
Cow 1
9:15 & 10:30
Participants in this workshop will look at: The obscure story a mill on the Colorado River, the history of the Presbyterian Church in the last 50 years, and the culture that we’re living in.  There is a happy ending. John Williams is Chaplain and Director of Church Relations at Austin College in Sherman, TX.

Mission

Surviving Through Faith
Z. Zsohar
Westview 2
9:15 & 2:15
Z. will tell of the amazing stories and sometimes incredible events that occurred as his parents fled Hungary near the end of WWII and during their time as refugees in Austria before ultimately immigrating to the United States in 1950. This story reveals that regardless of how desperate a situation may be, faith in God’s will leads to answered prayer in the most unexpected ways.
Z. Zsohar is a past president of the Mo-Ranch Men’s Council and a ruling elder and deacon in the Presbyterian Church. He retired from Mobil Oil Corp. after 30 years of service. After retirement he documented his family’s journey from Hungary to the United States in his book, Surviving Through FAITH.
Schreiner: Institute, College, & University
Dr. Tim Summerlin
Trull 3
1:00 & 2:15
Approaching its centennial in 2023, Schreiner University has adapted itself to changing educational through its history. A commitment to relational learning is a consistent theme through its history.
Tim is a native of Port Arthur. He completed degrees in English at Abilene Christian (BA) and Yale University (MPh, PhD). He was a faculty member and administrator at Lamar University and UT-Chattanooga before becoming Provost of Schreiner University in 1999. He served as President of Schreiner from 2001 to January of this year and is completing his service, now as Chancellor on June 1.
Solar Under the Sun
Chris McRae
Trull 1
9:15 & 10:30
Addressing the problem of energy poverty in the developing world.  Learn how your church can add standalone solar power to your mission outreach in the two thirds world!
Chris is the Director of “Solar under the Sun.”  A Mission outreach of the Synod of the Sun.  He’s a Commission ruling elder of PCUSA.  Also on the Board of Directors of Haiti Education Foundation, which educates 8000 children per year in Southwestern Haiti.The Bible arose from a time before most people could read.  Biblical stories were communicated by people telling them; with the power of one of humanity’s original art forms, storytelling.  In today’s worship services, it is often during the reading of Scripture that we begin to lose people’s attention.  Biblical storytelling seeks to return the dynamism to communicating the Bible’s timeless message.
Mark is currently failing retirement and is serving as pastor of Firelands Presbyterian church in Port Clinton, Ohio.  He previously served as pastor of churches in Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.  With many fond memories and friends in Texas, and children and grandchildren in Austin, a large part of his heart will always be in the Lone Star State.
How to Grow Men’s Ministry
Chuck Kolakowski
Trull 1
10:30 & 2:15
We will explore how to vitalize your Men’s Ministry from ideas from other churches of what is not working well.
We will expand your Men’s Ministry by engaging men in mentoring young adults.
We will discuss how community outreach has expanded the influence of your Men’s Ministry.
Chuck is currently enrolled in the Masters in Global Leadership at Fuller Seminary. He is also the Director of Men’s Ministry at Grace PC, Plano.
The workshop will discuss problems surrounding poverty and food insecurity.  Food becomes one of the areas where families often cut when money becomes tight.  A question that will be addressed is, “How can we help lessen the impact of poverty in our own communities?”
Dr. Ramsey is a professor of music education at the University of North Texas.  He is the chairman of the board of directors of Interfaith Ministries, a non-profit in Denton, TX.  They provide emergency assistance to families in need of rent, utilities, or other needs on a short term basis.  He is an elder at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Denton.

Personal Development

Male Health – 2017 Preventative Health Recommendations
David McKenas
Cow 3
9:15 & 10:30
It’s hard to fulfill the Great Commission when you are medically or physically unable to do so.  Although this seminar will not take the place of your doctor’s recommendations, it will review what works and what doesn’t for male preventive testing from a medical literature, evidence-based perspective.  We will cover the latest US Preventive Medicine Task force guidelines for your specific age and give you a template of appropriate testing to be a wise health consumer with your doctor.  Various regular male self-examination techniques, with table models for skin cancers, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer, will be provided as well.  Finally, the session will provide a CD ROM with Android, I-phone, Windows and MAC software to access the AHCPR Preventive Medicine tables to learn your specific tests will be provided as well.  You will learn not only to be a good steward of your health care dollars, but also focus on testing that truly is needed and effective at each stage of your life.  The goal is to be a physically strong follower of Jesus Christ, lead our families as a husband, father, and grandfather with strength, and to be better physically able to serve God in doing His will in your life.
Dave has served as an Elder for Missions at Nor’kirk Presbyterian Church in Carrollton, TX.  He is married to his wife of 30 years, Laurie, and has two children.  He is a physician, specializing in Aerospace Medicine, Occupational Medicine and Public Health.  He received his Masters in Public Health from Harvard.  He is former medical director for American Airlines, and Chief of Medical Operations for Space Shuttle Contingency support operations at Cape Canaveral.  He has done Christian medical mission work in the Middle East, Guatemala, Honduras, and the Amazon.
Practical Man Skills III
Robert & Duane Manning
Manor House Conference Room
10:30 & 2:15
We will focus on practical do it yourself projects, materials and skills.  We will have plenty of time for discussion on topics of interest to you.  Need help?  We will identify resources and solutions.
Robert, having raised on a farm, learned many practical solutions to repairing machines and buildings.  While in college, I learned all phases of carpentry while volunteering for Habitat for Humanity since 1977.  I’ve learned many practical solutions to house and home construction projects.
Duane, was a department supervisor at a Home Depot store for 5 years, responsible for helping people plan and complete their home improvement projects.
Wood Turning Demonstration
Lloyd Niederriter
Horse Barn
9:15 & 10:30
Turning a wood bowl from start to finish.
Lloyd has been turning wood for 10 years.  He has worked with wood all his life.
Parents Anonymous
Michael Czyz
Westview 1
10:30 & 1:00
We will gather in small groups and talk about some of the joys and challenges of being a father going through 2 or 3 case studies or pieces of academic research.  The purpose of the workshop is to have the chance to talk with other Christian fathers and build fellowship around that.  The small group format will help to have discussions on the topics and facilitate meeting new people at the conference.
Michael lives in Grapevine, Texas and is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Grapevine.  Father of 3 sons ages 12, 9, and 7.  Volunteer in youth recreation sports and Boy Scouts.  Texas A&M and UT Austin Grad.
The Aging Eye
Russell Cravey
Westview 3
1:00 & 2:15
General discussion of the healthy human eye, normal changes as we age and some common eye diseases.
Dr. Cravey is an American Board of Ophthalmology Board Certified Ophthalmologist practicing in Kerrville over the last 20 years.
He has his B.S. in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University, M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, M.D. from Texas A&M College of Medicine, completed his Internship and Ophthalmology Residency at Scott and White Clinic.

Social Issues

Christian Response to Xenophobia in America
Travis Allen
Cow 2
9:15 & 10:30
As Christians, our faith should influence how we view the world and one another.  In this workshop, we will compare popular world views and misconceptions of foreigners alongside the teachings of the word of God.
Rev. Travis Allen is a lifelong Mo-Rancher and serves as Co-Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Canadian, Texas.  He is married to his Co-Pastor, Rev. Sydne Allen, and they are raising Barrett (3), Henry (2), and a good dog named Scout.  Travis is a diehard Aggie who enjoys home brewing, bird hunting, and throwing get-togethers.
To Fear, or Not to Fear: Syrian Refugees on the Move
Alan Baroody
Trull 2
10:30 & 1:00
We will be reviewing the recent history of refugees fleeing their homes in the Middle East, looking at the present threat assessment and immigration policy of the U.S., and exploring our Presbyterian response as we seek opportunities for ministry as members of the body of Christ.
The Rev. Dr. Alan Baroody is the interim Pastor at Woodhaven Presbyterian Church in Irving, Texas.  He is a member of PDA’s National Response Team as well as their Refugee Ministries Team.  Dr. Baroody is also the grandson of a Syrian (Lebanese) Refugee.  As a licensed therapist specializing in trauma, he worked with U.S. Military chaplains as well as with Protestant Evangelical pastors in the Middle East.
Poverty in America
Darhyl Ramsey
Westview 3
9:15 & 10:30
The workshop will discuss problems surrounding poverty and food insecurity.  Food becomes one of the areas where families often cut when money becomes tight.  A question that will be addressed is, “How can we help lessen the impact of poverty in our own communities?”
Dr. Ramsey is a professor of music education at the University of North Texas.  He is the chairman of the board of directors of Interfaith Ministries, a non-profit in Denton, TX.  They provide emergency assistance to families in need of rent, utilities, or other needs on a short term basis.  He is an elder at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Denton.
 Sharing the Good News Through Modern Media
Stephen Parr
Westview 1
9:15 & 2:15
God wants us to share His story with the world.  Effective communication requires knowing your audience.  So, if we are doing to do a great job of sharing the Word, we have to know how to reach our fellow Americans in today’s media.
The Church in the Age of Brands
Wayne Geyer with The Rev. David Schaefers
Cow 3
1:00 & 2:15
Talking about “branding” is a lot like talking about God.  There’s no shortage of interpretations (or misconceptions) about “what it all means.”  So, why do some congregations seem to have it all figured out – while others struggle to raise awareness , attract members, and establish themselves in their communities?  Join Wayne Geyer and The Rev. David Schaefers for an open conversation about what it takes for a church to build a brand.
Wayne Geyer doesn’t have all the answers.  He does, however, have more than 20 years of experience as a creative problem solver in marketing strategy, brand identity, and communication design.  Starting in 2013, Wayne and his church family embarked on an ongoing “rebranding” effort- including everything from a new logo and website to furniture, apparel, and architectural planning.

Other

Wine Appreciation
Jim Evans
Manor House Conference Room
9:15 & 1:00
Explore and learn about the different wine growing areas of the world and the wines they produce.
Jim is the winemaker at Lost Oak Winery in Burleson, TX.  He is involved in the Texas Wine and Grape business since 1981 and is a past president of the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association.  He has been making wine in Texas for 35 years.
Glass Fusion
Maria Gould
Chicken House 4
10:30 & 1:00
 Glass fusing is the technique used to join glass pieces together by partly melting the glass at high temperature.
The fusion process requires multiple pieces of glass.  Come to this hands on workshop.
Maria is Program Manager of the Arts.
222nd General Assembly in Review
David Green
Dishman
10:30 & 2:15
The 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the PC(USA) considered several hotly debated issues. As a Commissioner, David co-authored a successful Minority Report to a committee’s recommendation to divest from fossil fuel-related companies. This workshop will present an insider’s behind the scene look into the workings of a General Assembly and offer ideas about how you and your congregation can participate in the process.
As a life-long Presbyterian and descendant of generations of life-long Presbyterians, David is genetically perfected for stubbornness and has a unique insight into the faith and politics of Presbyterians. David is the Senior Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Conroe, Texas and Moderator of New Covenant Presbytery. When not busy with this work, David enjoys spending time with his family, tending his rose garden and researching the history of Presbyterians in Texas.
Caring for Your Aging Parents
Godwin Dixon
Grace Room
1:00 & 2:15
It’s a whole new world when you are the one who is now having to take care of your parents.  Whether you are doing it alone, with a spouse or with siblings, there are a number of issues to be aware of and challenges to navigate.  After 29 years of caring for seniors, including my own parents, I will share insights, guidance, and strategies on how to do this incredibly important task well.
Godwin is a lifelong Presbyterian, Ordained Elder and 20+ year attendee at Mo-Ranch Men’s Conference.  He has spent his career caring for seniors in both for-profit and non-profit healthcare, including leading Presbyterian communities and Services in Dallas.
Mo-Ranch: Past, Present and Future
Dick Powell
Grace Room
9:15 & 10:30
Come learn about the Strategic Plan of Mo-Ranch.  Learn about renovations, additions, and the future.
Pickle Ball
Dick Howell
Tennis Court
9:15 & 10:30
Pickleball is a racquet sport in which two to four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a polymer perforated ball over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a Badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis with a few modifications. The lower net and perforated ball allow the game to be accessible to people of all ages and abilities, while still allowing more competitive players to test their mettle.
Dick, has helped with running Heart O’ the Hills Summer Camp for Girls in Hunt, Texas, for quite a while.  He has won tournaments for his skill in pickle ball and introduced Heart O’ the Hills to the sport where it is played every summer.
Is Your Church Green?
Sue Smith
Trull 2
9:15 & 2:15
Greening your church is so much more than changing light bulbs.  We will talk about the many ways you can care for God’s creation- from worship, to education, to facilities, to advocacy.
Sue is the Vice Moderator of Presbyterians for Earth Care and Vice Moderator of the Presbytery of Monmouth (NJ).  She is a recent M Div graduate of New Brunswick Theological Seminary.  Sue has been involved with environmental work and caring for creation with both secular and faith communities.
Theology and Baseball
Kendal Land
Cow 1
1:00 & 2:15
What do Baseball and Calvinism have in common? We will look at how an understanding of baseball helps us understand TULIP and vice versa.
Kendal is a native of Louisiana and a LSU graduate. While at LSU he met his future wife Lauren. They moved to Atlanta, GA where he attended Columbia Seminary and Lauren was the Communications Manager for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. They have three children and he is the current pastor at FPC Longview.
Being An Effective Non-Profit Board Member
Milton Key
Trull 3
9:15 & 10:30
Serving on a nonprofit board is one of the most significant ways we can serve our church/community. For those who are considering the opportunity, come and learn the basics about board membership, what to ask and what to expect.
Milton Key is a native Texan who grew up in a cattle ranching family. After Texas Tech, he traded boots for wing tips and pursued his passion for stewardship philanthropy. Milton has served in fundraising leadership positions for several church related institutions and other nonprofit organizations, including Austin College, Presbyterian Communities and Services and Dallas Habitat for Humanity, among others.

A deposit must accompany registration. The balance of all fees will be due March 1, 2017, prior to the start of the event, or upon registration if within 60 days. Full refund less $25 administrative fee per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 60 days prior to the conference. There are generally no refunds for cancellations received on or after 60 days prior to the start of the event, nor any applying of the deposit toward other charges or future deposits.

Hotel Double Occupancy/Nicklos Place/Nicklos Barn (Sold-out)
Wynne/Flato, Pheasant Run, Westminster, Nicklos Place, Nicklos Barn

Group Housing- $315.00
Guest Lodge, Milk Barn, Triplex Apartment, River Dorm Apartment

Dorm Housing- $300.00
Log Lodge, Loma Linda, Lower Loma Linda, River Dorm

Campground Cabins- $270.00

Tent Sites- $255.00

Commuter- $215.00
Includes dinner and lunch

Special Rates For Under 40: $275
Participants from somewhere other than Texas: $275

NO child under the age of 13 may register, and ages 13-17 require an accompanying adult registration.

When registering online please note only limited housing is available for online registration. If you have questions, please give us a call.
Registration form and payment may be mailed or faxed to the program office. Make checks payable to Mo-Ranch.

Mo-Ranch Program Office
Attn: Registrar
2229 FM 1340
Hunt, TX 78028

Fax: 830.238.4014

For help or questions about registration, contact the registrar at registrar@moranch.org or 800-460-4401 x 246.

Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.

Arrival and Departure

Conference registration begins at 3 p.m. Friday, May 5.
The opening plenary will be at 7:00 p.m. Conference ends at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 7.

What to Bring

Bring a Bible, notebook, flashlight, hair dryer, rain gear. Linens are provided. Bring shoes suitable for Mo-Ranch’s rocky, uneven terrain.

Transportation

Mo-Ranch is 90 miles one-way, or a 2-hour drive from the nearest airport (SAT), allow 3 hours travel/check-in time for departures. We recommend generally scheduling arriving flights before 3 p.m. and departing flights after 3 p.m. to be sure you do not miss any of your event.

If you are in need of shuttle service to Mo-Ranch, call Kars for Hire in Kerrville at (830) 890-8200 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport.

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