Christian Men’s Conference

2022 Christian Men’s Conference
Faith in the Home | BEACON OF THE LIGHT

February 25-27, 2022
St Christopher Camp & Conference Center

John W. Yates, II, speaker for the 2022 Christian Men’s Conference is the retired Founder and Rector of The Falls Church Anglican, one of the first parishes in the Anglican Church of North America.
With degrees from the University of North Carolina, Princeton Theological Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary, Dr Yates served churches in Columbia, S.C., and Sewickley, Pa. before coming to Falls Church, Va. in 1979. He was Rector of the historic Falls Church (Episcopal) before founding The Falls Church Anglican in 2006. The Awakening of Washington’s Church by Josh Simmons tells the fascinating story of the departure from the Episcopal church and Yates’s role in the establishment of the Anglican Church in North America.
 He is the author of several books, including How A Man Prays For His Family, and Raising Kids With Values That Last (with his wife Susan.) Together they have taught on marriage and family life for over fifty years. John continues as a “pastor to pastors” and serves on the Board of the Gospel Coalition. John and Susan have 5 children and 21 grandchildren. They live in Virginia.

The Men’s Conference is designed to address the issues facing all men in today’s fast-paced world, and to provide insights and ideas for dealing victoriously with the constant stress we all suffer.

It is our prayer that you will be able to use these teachings to bring you closer to God, through a greater love and understanding of His son, Our Savior, Jesus Christ, and to make the world a better place in which to live.

Registration is now open. Sign up here. 

2020 Christian Men’s Conference

On the weekend of February 21-23, 280 men gathered at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center for the 2020 Men’s Conference. The Rev. Rob Sturdy spoke on The Father’s Blessing.

Anglican Chaplain to the Corps of Cadets, at The Citadel
Rob is the Anglican Chaplain to the Corps of Cadets at The Citadel, where he is also an alumni of the class of 2003. It was at The Citadel, in the fall of 1999, while reading John’s Gospel that he first began to follow Christ. In his senior year he was recommended for the ordained ministry by St. Alban’s Chapel and trained for ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University where he earned a BTh. Rob holds a ThM from Reformed Theological Seminary and is a PhD candidate at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven. He is a junior researcher at the Institute of Post-Reformation Studies. Rob is married to his high school sweetheart, Stephanie. They have two children, David and Genevieve.

2020 Christian Men’s Conference Videos

“The Father’s Blessing” was the central focus of the 2020 Men’s Conference this past January. Videos, as well as audio editions, of the talks, by the Rev. Rob Sturdy, Chaplain of St. Alban’s at the Citadel, along with small group discussion questions are now available below. These are perfect for a men’s Bible Study, Sunday School class or small group. Perhaps it’s time for a Zoom gathering on “The Father’s Blessing.”

“The Father’s Blessing

Throughout the Old Testament the passing of the Father’s blessing was a much sought-after highlight of a young man’s life. In Mark 1: 11, Jesus receives his Father’s blessing immediately after his baptism with these words: “Thou are my beloved son; with thee I am well pleased.” Those words continue to be much sought after today especially from father to son. The father’s blessing imparts acceptance, love, devotion and confidence from father to son. The blessing contains a mystery, a power and a transformation between a father and his son. The CMC Men’s Conference weekend was a time of blessing for all men, young and old, that all men may be transformed and more fully equipped to build God’s kingdom, man to man.

The Lesson of the Garden – Talk #1 Questions

1. What do you think about the idea that manhood and masculinity are gifts? Why might this be important?

2. Men are also gifted with a calling. What stood out to you about this?

3. Rob brought up the aboriginal rite of passage called the “walkabout” to illustrate that manhood is both a gift that can’t be earned as well as a challenge that must be accomplished. How can a challenge also be a gift?

The Lesson of the River – Talk #3 Questions

1. At the baptism of Jesus, God the Father is present, proud, and pleased. Which of these is most important to you? Why?

2. God the Father’s unconditional presence, pride, and pleasure made Jesus a different kind of man than the one’s you’ve heard about in previous sessions. How so? How might such things make you a different kind of man?

3. Jesus said he would not leave us as orphans. What does this mean regarding God the Father’s unconditional presence, pride, and pleasure towards us?

The Lesson of the Struggle – Talk #2 Questions

1. Sin causes us to believe that God either will not or cannot bless us. This leads us to struggle and strive to take things that we do not believe God would freely give, including things important to our sense of masculinity and manhood. Where do you see these effects of sin most at work in your life at the moment?

2. You heard the story of Isaac, Jacob, and Esau. Are there parts of the story you identify with? What? Why?

3. Jacob only received a true blessing from a true father after a debilitating injury. What do you make of this?

The Lesson of the Tomb – Talk #4

No questions included.

2019 Christian Men’s Conference Talks

Archbishop Foley BeachA Work to do from Reclaiming Biblical Manhood Series with Archbishop Foley Beach

Under our Christian Men’s Conference Co-Leaders, Will Henry Lawrence and John Buck, Archbishop Foley Beach led our 30th Christian Men’s Conference with four compelling Insights into “A Work to Do.” This year completed our 3-year examination of “Reclaiming Biblical Manhood:” A Will to obey; A Heart to Love; and A Work to Do. The Archbishop’s messages centered on four essential aspects of “A Work to Do:” Assurance, Personal piety, Personal holiness and Going out. As Godly men we need to claim the first three in our beings: 1) Our assurance of our own salvation through Jesus Christ; 2) Personal piety: a rule of life which governs our actions to become more Christ like; 3) Personal holiness so that our internal compasses are fully lived out through our actions, behavior and modeling a Christ filled life; And then, everyday confident in the first three, we are prepared as Christian men to 4) go out as disciple makers in our families, workplace, community and then the world.

Listen to the talks below.

2018 Christian Men’s Conference Talks

A Heart to Love from Reclaiming Biblical Manhood Series by Bishop Mark Lawrence

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The Lesson of the River – Talk #3 Questions

1. At the baptism of Jesus, God the Father is present, proud, and pleased. Which of these is most important to you? Why?

2. God the Father’s unconditional presence, pride, and pleasure made Jesus a different kind of man than the one’s you’ve heard about in previous sessions. How so? How might such things make you a different kind of man?

3. Jesus said he would not leave us as orphans. What does this mean regarding God the Father’s unconditional presence, pride, and pleasure towards us?



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