2017 Men's Retreat

September 15-17, 2017
Beacon Shores Resort on Whitefish Lake
36859 Silver Peak Road
Crosslake, MN 56442
(218) 543-4166, (800) 950-9507 - beaconshores.com

More “Where Two or Three”
— Lessons in Communication from God’s Word

Participants will grow in a uniquely Christian understanding of the mystery and marvel of human communication. Drawing Biblical narratives as well as examples from his own experiences, Dr. Paustian will cover the following topics:

  • Social Perception — how we make sense of people, question our own perceptions, and adopt a more generous, open point of view toward people.
  • Nonverbal Communication — hands-on approach to the wonder and miracle of what God has made us able to do every single day, including some practical implications.
  • Conversation — an emphasis on grace in conversation versus conversing to impress and other uses, with some help for those that find this conversation difficult
  • Empathy — how to be around people who are hurting, struggling, or grieving; the importance of seeking common ground and genuine identification with people.

Speaker: Dr. Mark Paustian returns to the Men’s Retreat after leading instruction at our first two retreats in 2008 and 2009, and on Communications Part I last year. Mark's education includes two Masters degrees (of Divinity, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, and Speech Communication, University of Minnesota – Mankato), and a PhD from Regent University. At Martin Luther College, Dr. Paustian teaches Interpersonal Communication, Advanced Christian Rhetoric and Intermediate Biblical Hebrew. Before coming to MLC in 2001, Mark spent 12 years as church planter and home mission pastor at New Life Ev. Lutheran in Rockford, IL. Mark is also author of Prepared to Answer and MORE Prepared to Answer. Among their many blessings, Mark and wife Constance celebrate their 25 years of marriage this year and cherish daughters Abby and Hannah.

Agenda

Friday, September 15

5pm Dinner - As you arrive
9pm Welcome and Devotion

Saturday, September 16

8am Breakfast and Fellowship
9am Session One: Part I Recap/Listening
Mid-morning Break
Session Two: Social Perception
12 noon Lunch
1pm Session Three: Nonverbal Communications
Mid-afternoon Break
Session Four: Conversation
4pm Free time
7pm Dinner
Vespers, Bonfire, and free time

Sunday, September 17

7:30am Breakfast
8:30am Session Five: Empathy
10am Wrapup/Q&A/2018 Planning / Free time
11:30am Pack up / Clean up

Golf

An 18 hole golf course is available as a Saturday afternoon activity if there is enough interest. It costs $23 per person, plus $7 for a cart if desired.

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Recap of the 2010 Men's Retreat

While all are welcome, this retreat is designed for the adult men of WELS/ELS churches. Fathers are encouraged to bring their sons 16 or older.

Cost through August 25: $150

Must pay by Aug. 25th (deadline extended from Aug. 22) for this rate.

Cost after August 25: $175

Includes: Meals (Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast), lodging and resort access (2 nights), and instructional materials.

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Saturday registration is available:

Saturday with lunch and dinner - $50

Student discount: $75

A lower cost lodging option is available. For details, contact the church office at 651-439-7831.

This event has filled up in the past and we have fewer beds this year. Don't delay!