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Men’s Catalyst – Cornerstone

09/12/2019 – 09/15/2019

Led by Derek Nelson

(Registration Closed)

  • $450.00 plus airfare


In architecture, the cornerstone is the most important part of a building.  A cornerstone is the first of many stones that gets laid and therefore, determines the orientation of the entire structure.  No matter how much effort you put into the work of building, without a solid cornerstone, the rest of the structure could crumble at any moment.  Catastrophic, right?  Jesus should be the cornerstone of your life, but is he?  As men, we have a tendency to set our own cornerstone.  Whether it is our career, our family, our wealth, our sin, our foundation is off.  When we set our foundation on Jesus as the cornerstone, we change our construction.  We allow God to make us a new creation and allow Him to use us to bring Him glory.  That sounds worth the effort!

Our 2019, Men’s Catalyst will focus on breaking down the walls we’ve built, in order to realign our foundation, and insert Jesus into the position of cornerstone.  Whether you’ve walked with Jesus your entire life or you have yet to make a decision to do so, there is something for everyone.

Catalyst, The Global Orphan Project’s annual men’s retreat, is a time of concentrated reflection on what it means to be a man of God.  As part of the retreat, old and new friends share about the opportunities and challenges of manhood, encouraging each other on their respective journeys.  The weekend also features the real-life stories of men who have been transformed by their relationship with Jesus Christ. 

For this year’s retreat, we return to Bear Trap Ranch, a beautiful 30-acre property just outside of Colorado Springs, CO.  The retreat includes time for resting, hiking, mountain climbing, and, above all else, fellowship among friends.

So, join us!  This year’s retreat promises to offer a rewarding journey into the fight for manhood.  Let us put aside the distractions of everyday life for a weekend to reflect upon the Lord’s heart for men.

How to Get Here
Bear Trap Ranch is located just 35 minutes outside of the center of downtown Colorado Springs, only eight miles beyond the Broadmoor Resort on Old Stage Road. Although Bear Trap Ranch is the closest retreat center of its size to downtown Colorado Springs, once on the property there is a distinct sense of being truly remote–a place of wonder, beauty, peacefulness and adventure with a deep sense of home.

Directions to Bear Trap Ranch
From I-25 take South Circle Drive, Exit #138, and head west (toward the mountains). Circle Drive becomes Lake Avenue. Follow Lake (going west) to the circular intersection directly in front of the Broadmoor Hotel. Take a left
at this intersection. This is Pourtales Street. The road then turns into Mirada and then into Cheyenne Mtn. Blvd. (You will probably not even notice the road is changing names, as long as you can see the golf course you are heading the correct direction.) Continue until you come to the stop sign at Penrose Blvd/Cheyenne Mtn. Zoo Road. Continue straight through this intersection; this marks the beginning of Old Stage Road. After a short residential section, the Old Stage Road becomes gravel. Continue up the road for 7 miles (35 minutes) to our large “Bear Trap Ranch” sign. Our camp drive is on the left. (We are 2 miles up Old Stage Rd from the Old Stage Riding Stables.) Travel time to Bear Trap is 45 minutes from downtown, 1 hour from the airport.

From the Colorado Springs Airport:
Take Milton E Proby Parkway Airport Exit (heading west) to S Academy Blvd. Use the left lane to take S Academy Blvd. Stay on S Academy Blvd (heading towards the mountains) for 3.9 miles to North 115. Go North on 115 to Lake Avenue. Then turn left (west) onto Lake Avenue. Follow Lake (going west) to the circular intersection directly in front of the Broadmoor Hotel. Take a left at this intersection. This is Pourtales Street. The road then turns into Mirada and then into Cheyenne Mtn. Blvd. (You will probably not even notice the road is changing names, as long as you can see the golf course you are heading the correct direction.) Continue until you come to the stop sign at Penrose Blvd/Cheyenne Mtn. Zoo Road. Continue straight through this intersection;
this marks the beginning of Old Stage Road. After a short residential section, the Old Stage Road becomes gravel. Continue up the road for 7 miles (35 minutes) to our large “Bear Trap Ranch” sign. Our camp drive is on the left. (We are 2 miles up Old Stage Rd from the Old Stage Riding Stables.) PLEASE DRIVE WITH CAUTION on mountain roads. Uphill driver has the right-of-way. Permit more aggressive drivers to pass. Honk and keep to the right on blind turns. Shift into low gear on steep downhill grades to minimize braking. Please phone the Ranch before leaving Colorado Springs to check on current road conditions when snow is a possibility. During the winter months, we recommend bringing along tire chains and a snow shovel, and driving a 4WD vehicle.


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