For 20 years, thousands of men of all ages and life stages have gathered at BASECAMP (previously Katoomba Men's Convention) to be reminded of the greater vision that God has for their lives.
At BASECAMP this year, we asked our delegates to share their reasons for joining the movement!
Ivan from Gracepoint Presbyterian attended BASECAMP Sydney for the first time this year because he wanted to hear teaching that was relevant to Christian men:
"What really convinced me to come is the fact that this event is all about hearing what God has to say through other men, hearing from their advice and life experience for what it means to be a godly man."
At a time when following Jesus can be isolating and discouraging, Ivan found it encouraging to be surrounded by a thousand men who had also set aside a Saturday to dig deep into God's word:
"Consider how often men get together to talk about important serious spiritual topics. And yet it's something so important for Christians to do. I think KCC has really addressed this issue by organising something like BASECAMP."
David from Emu Plains Anglican has been attending BASECAMP for a number of years. He brings a group of men every year because they believe that BASECAMP plays a valuable part in their spiritual walk with God and one another:
"What makes BASECAMP great is that you get to spend a whole day under the Word of God and you get to reflect with your mates, something that's so unique to the Christian experience."
Chester from Gracepoint Presbyterian shares why he has been coming to BASECAMP for over a decade and why the event has remained a priority despite the busyness of family, church and work:
"If you're concerned that you've had a hard week and you just don't have the energy, i'd encourage you to come because you'll actually get your energy renewed."
Chester also shares how God used BASECAMP to connect him to a brother in Christ, a fellow believer who he has walked alongside for over 12 years:
"BASECAMP is a great spring board to building relationships with other men that you can walk with, beyond today. 12 years ago I went with a younger brother in Christ and we founded our mateship and from that, we've continued hanging out with one another and pointing one another to Christ."
PAUL TRIPP TO SPEAK AT BASECAMP 18
Pastor, author and conference speaker Paul Tripp will return to the KCC platform to speak at BASECAMP 2018. Tripp has spoken at previous KCC events including Katoomba Easter Convention 2015 and Oxygen 2014. Get a taste of his teaching here.
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The second weekend of BASECAMP is set to launch this Saturday at Sydney Olympic Park. BASECAMP Sydney is a six hour recharge for the man who is short on time but hungry to know God better.
Delegates can expect a day of powerful Bible talks, inspiring testimonies, uplifting worship (in a key you can reach!), and memorable meal times at one of the BASECAMP food trucks or surrounding restaurants.
BASECAMP 2017 speaker Simon Manchester will deliver three Bible talks from the book of Proverbs:
Talk 1: The God We Serve (Proverbs 8:22-31)
Talk 2: The Battles We Face (Proverbs 11:1-8)
Talk 3: The Mission We Share (Proverbs 22:1-5)
Delegates will also hear from a range of Build Up speakers who will be sharing short, 12 minute talks containing practical wisdom for living well as a Christian man. The four Build Up speakers and topics are:
Tickets are still available for BASECAMP Sydney this Saturday. Remember if you bring 5 men, you can bless 1 for free: www.basecampmen.com/tickets
Songs can become weapons to unsheathe in moments of stress, fear or joy. When words are hard to express, songs inspire prayer, praise and even help to process pain."
Nick is a husband to Sam, and a father to Judson and Isla. He is Corporate Worship Pastor at St. Pauls Anglican Church Chatswood, a musician, song-writer and producer. He also plays in the Band ‘The Watershed’.
Q: Tell us your 5 favourite Christian songs to sing as men!
Here are some of my ‘favourite’ songs to sing in church. But before you read on, let me explain how I understand ‘favourite’. Rather than sharing songs I like the ‘sound’ of, these are the songs that God has tethered to my heart and call to mind in my life day to day. Their melodies are timeless and match the movements of their words, and they’re easy to sing.
Sing these at church and equip the men of your community with these weapons. All men are called to sing. It is NOT a girly, weak, emo, or pointless exercise. Singing in church and through each day is an essential tool in the belt of every Christian man. Let songs of Truth shape your heart, your work, your decisions, and fuel your joy as we walk this journey to glory together.
1. It Is Well - H. G. Spafford
Have you ever made a unthinkable mistake?
Do you fear the sorrow that this world can contain?
This is what I sing through failure and pain. This song is your voice in that it provides truth to meet two key needs as we face sin, suffering and failure. Firstly, through the cross of Jesus we no longer bear our sin, so the helplessness state and shattering failure of our sins is taken care of. Secondly, through the up and down of life, from start to finish, from here to eternity, God sees our needs, provides, and remains reliable.
‘It Is Well’ might seem like a dismissive statement to our modern ears and can seem unhelpfully optimistic if declared without the sure truth of the gospel: ’My sin (oh the bliss of this glorious thought), my sin (not in part, but the whole) is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more!’. ‘It Is Well’ is the cry of a content soul in the nightmare of our world.
2. Before The Throne Of God Above - C. L. Bancroft
Have you ever doubted your salvation?
Have you ever caught yourself too comfortable in your own holiness, minimising the awesome grace of God in your life?
This is what I sing when I doubt God or struggle with pride. There is no greater assurance of your salvation and current standing before God in a single song than this. Each line answers the needs that only our Holy God can meet. Each verse has value for your soul. And when doubts attack you, sing: ‘When satan tempts me to despair and tells me of the guilt within, upward I look and see Him there who made an end of all my sin’.
3. Rock Of Ages - A. Toplady
Are you desperate to give you or your family security?
What are you placing your need for security in?
This is the song I sing when I worry and scheme (or whatever version of male anxiety is raging within me). This song is the big picture of your need for safety. It details how God shields you and provides for you - even though you’re deserving of His wrath. And as we work and labour to provide our family’s needs and provide for them, it is so valuable to be able to declare: ‘Not the labours of my hands can fulfil your laws demands. Could my zeal no respite know, could my tears forever flow, all for sin could not atone. You must save, and You alone’.
4. Take My Life - F. R. Havergal
What can you bring to to God to offer Him?
What are we blessed with to give God along with the faith He provides?
This is the song I sing when I want to say more than I can think of to God as a prayer of commitment to Him. This song puts our lives, moments, bodies, expressions, wallets, expressions, intentions and desires into God’s hands. In a world where a pantheon of idols are right at our fingertips, it helps that a song can remind us to take captive for the Lord everything we touch in our lives: “Take myself and I will be ever, only, all for Thee”.
5. A Mighty Fortress - M. Luther
Do you see the spiritual battle fought on the fields of your heart?
How do you fight back against the schemes of the devil?
This is the song I sing when I forget where my help comes from. This is a song that announces our help and victory. Through the gospel of truth, God fights through us! His power is great, His victory is sure and He is on our side. Why would we fear the darkest day when: ‘we will not fear, for God has willed His truth to triumph through us’. When singing this song, use modern word replacements to engage with your congregations (like exchanging ‘bulwark’ for ‘shield’).
Trevor is a husband to Fiona and dad to Isaac and Jonny. He is a Magnification pastor at EV Church on the NSW Central Coast, and writes songs for churches to sing. He is also involved with Magnify.org.au - a new initiative seeking to connect, encourage and equip pastors and music leaders.
I don't think I can pinpoint 'favourite' christian songs. For me, significant songs tend to be attached to significant moments, so I thought I might share those!
1. I Surrender - Geoff Bullock
In my last year of high school, I went away with a bunch of mates on a church camp and being a musician, I was drafted in to help with the music for the services. So on January 21st 1994, as we 'led' this song I realised I needed to put down my bass guitar and surrender myself to Christ's lordship. This song helped me express that with my both mind and heart - "Everything I am, and ever hope to be, I surrender to You."
2. Be Thou My Vision - Eleanor Henrietta Hull Mary Elizabeth Byrne
This was one of the songs we sang at our wedding. We see in the Bible that God often uses songs to help us recall significant moment, truths or promises. For me, each time I sing this song now, it reminds me to renew this prayer again for our marriage and life.
3. How Great Is Our God - Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves
I had the privilege of being involved with music at a few conferences in Europe last year, and over a few weeks, I think we sang this song in Croatian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese and Ukrainian and I might have forgotten some! Music has a great way of letting us unite in what we're proclaiming - even across language barriers. Imagine what it will be like singing Christ's praises with every nation, tribe, people and language!
4. In Christ Alone - Stuart Townend, Keith Getty
This takes me back to a moment last year where I was with 600 music pastors and leaders singing this song together to a simple piano accompaniment - I was moved to tears. But not so much because of how it sounded (though it did sound amazing!) but because of the weight of the encouragement of brothers and sisters around me wholeheartedly declaring their hope and trust in Christ. It was a vivid embodiment of Colossians 3:16 - the message of Christ was dwelling richly among us as we taught and admonished one another with all wisdom as we sang to God with gratitude in our hearts.
5. Rejoice - Dustin Kensrue, Stuart Townend
I think the third verse and chorus of this song is so helpful - we constantly need this help to worship God in all seasons and remember that God hears both our celebrations from the mountain tops and our cries from the depths of the valley. And we need to sing these kinds of songs together for one another - in any gathering, theres going to be people who need to hear and draw hope and encouragement from those around them.
I searched YouTube for the "best advice for men". The top-ranking videos could be sorted into 3 categories:
If I’d watched these videos I could have discovered:
By looking at this list, you'd think that there is no greater goal for men than to look good, and then successfully start and end relationships with women.
The ambitions the world serves up to us as men are so small, so superficial, so insignificant. Look better. Live longer. Get fitter. Make more. Do less.
Brothers, God has so much more for us than this! He has a vision for our lives that is infinitely greater than anything the world can set before us! And this is why men have been gathering in Katoomba and now also in Sydney for 20 years.
Thousands of men have made it their priority to meet together and hear from God. To lift their eyes off the mediocre and towards the magnificent! To look to Jesus, and be the men that God made us to be. And through this ministry, God has done great things for the sake of His name.
And today, is the need for this gathering any less than it was 20 years ago? Not at all! More than ever, Australia needs men who consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus, our Lord (Phil 3:8).
Our families, our churches, our workplaces and communities need these men.
Men who know we are weak, but lean on the One who is strong.
Men who are merciful and meek.
Men who love sacrificially and give generously.
Men who listen more than we speak.
Men who encourage more than we find fault.
Men who are followers before we leaders.
Men who think of ourselves less, and others more.
Men who pray before we plan.
Men who know God and live to please him.
Can you imagine the impact on our nation as men refuse to settle for what the world is selling, and instead, strive to be the men who God has created us to be?
Join us at BASECAMP 2017.
When we come to God in prayer, we will never hear Him say:
I don't have any availability for the next month.
I can't, but I can suggest some other names.
You'll have to speak with my assistant.
You need to make an appointment.
We'll need to reschedule.
You'll need to be quick.
I can't right now.
I'm too busy.
He is always ready and waiting, day or night, for as long as we need, as often as we need. God’s willingness to listen to His children is simply wonderful.
If you’re a man, come to BASECAMP Mountains next month and hear Mal Gill encourage and equip us to be men who pray.
Meat, open fires, flaming steel drums, crisp mountain air, God above, and brothers around. What more could you ask for? Did we mention meat? All for just $25!
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Life hacks are little things that make life easier.
Man hacks are little things that help men to live like Jesus. Here are 20 man hacks brought to you by the BASECAMP team:
What's your man hack for living like Jesus? We'd love to add your ideas to this list!
At BASECAMP, we want to equip you to live well as a Christian man. This is why we've set up REFUEL, a monthly email that sends out resources to over 1,100 subscribers across Australia!
Here are 100 resources that we've sent out to REFUEL subscribers:
God Is Always Doing 10,000 Things in Your Life
Discover Your Role in the Mission of God
Rethinking Retirement (Free eBook from John Piper)
Sin & Temptation
Seven Things To Do After You Look At Pornography
19 Possible Motive-Triggers for Pornography
Playboy Sold Me Airbrushed Lies
Why the Church Can Rescue Us From Our Smartphones
iPhones & Discipleship
Accountability Software - Comparing 5 of the Best Tools
Olympic star Nick Willis' struggle with porn addiction
4 Times in Life You Should Expect To Face Temptation
Keeping Short Accounts
The Present Power of a Future Possession
Christian Life Beyond the Quiet Time
Aging Brings Life-Shaping Decisions
Performing a "Time Audit" of Your Life
Are You Too Drunk to Pray?
An Illustration of Repentance
A Gusty Prayer for Grown Men
What Are You Living For? (Video)
20 Questions Every Christian Man Should Ask
Nine Attributes of a Real Man
Church and Fellowship
Why Are We So Lonely?
Do You Make Life Decisions With Your Church in Mind?
How Does a 'Man's Man' Sing to a 'Beautiful' Jesus?
What's Your Budget For Staying Spiritually Healthy?
Find a Friend to Wound You
Love One Another With Brotherly Affection
Our Mate Sam de Brito
Fatherhood and Family
Men, Love And The Service Of Jesus (Video)
The Fathering Project
Christian Dads Should Go To Bed Exhausted (Video)
Domestic Violence - A Testimony
How to Create a Kingdom Culture in Your Home
4 Questions Parents Should Ask of Extracurricular Activities
John MAcArthur's Ten Crucial Lessons We Must Teach Our Children
10 Ideas and 10 Tips For Family Devotions
Leadership in the Home
A Few Tips for Raising Boys
Dad Enough to Sing
Fathering Adventures (Video)
The Two Words Fathers Should Say to Their Children
When It's Time For The Talk
The Role of Faith in Mental Health
Some Things That Have Helped Me in My Struggle With Anxiety
Marriage & Dating
The Curse of a Godly Wife
10 Skills Every Husband Needs
How An Affair Really Begins
10 Ways To Pray For Your Wife
A Prayer For Your Wife (Video)
52 Things to Text Your Wife
40 Reasons Why I Do Not Want To Commit Adultery
Steve Sarkisian: A Marriage Redeemed
Seven Christian Responses to Gay Marriage
Quiet Times & Personal Growth
The Prayer Life of Our Lord (Christ College Audio)
25 Quick Tips & Reminders To Help Your Prayer Life
How to Have Intimacy With God
10 Things You Should Know About Interpreting the Bible
3 Helpful Instructions on Keeping a Journal
My Favourite Bible-Reading Plan for 2017
3 Fresh Ideas For Improving Your Bible Reading in 2017
What's Better Than Jesus Beside You?
Simple Ways to Spark a Lukewarm Devotional Life
We Can Do Nothing // Prayer
Don't Say God is Silent With Your Bible Closed
Seven Biblical Truths That Can Bring Us Great Happiness
Eight Passages Every Christian Should Memorise
How to Take the Bible to Heart
Apps, Audio & Books
He Reads Truth (App)
Introducing: Bible iMessage app
A Simple Way To Pray (Book)
yesHeis - Share Jesus Online
25 Free eBooks from R.C. Sproul
Practical Wisdom in 12 Minute Talks
Audio from BASECAMP 2016
The Best Bible App
Biographies and Testimonies
31 Of J.I Packer's Best Quotes
The Resolutions Of Jonathan Edwards
On Losing Sight But Seeing Christ (J. I. Packer)
An Incredible Story of God's Saving Power
40 Thoughts For My 40th Birthday
Mike Baird: Proud to be a Public Christian
What I've Learned on the PGA Tour
White Collar Confessions
Bettie Goes To Jail
The War of the Loves: A Gay-Rights Activist Leaves His Old Life Behind
5 Lessons From An Olympic Gold Medalist
My Brokenness is No More Or Less Broken Than Yours (Greg Lake & Same-Sex Attraction)
Culture and World Issues
10 Stats That Show The Dire State of Christian Persecution
Martin Scorsese's Silence shook my faith, in a good way
Every Click Counts: What You Should Know About The Internet
Saving America's Future (John Lennox Speech)
On "Stranger Things" and Being a Big Prude
The End of Comfortable Christianity
How to Vote When No Party is Perfect
Apologetics & Evangelism
What are the Top Books to Give a Non-Christian?
Letter to a Perplexed Eleven Year Old
Am I a Christian, Pastor Timothy Keller?
5 Apologetics Questions You Need to Think Through