Men’s Retreat 2017


Letting go is hard. Giving in is even harder. Surrender feels like defeat. But when we give something up for God, our hands are open to receive so much more from him. 

What if we gave up comparison? What would happen if we gave our anxiety to God? If we surrendered our busyness, our perfection, our fear, our anger, our finances, our career, our relationships? What would our lives be like if we surrendered them to the one who made us and loves us?

When we look through God’s Word, we see that giving becomes gain, power is made perfect through weakness, and releasing control is victory. This is the power of surrender.

Join us October 19-21 for the Men’s Retreat as we get out of the city in order to seek God and connect with one another. We will be gathering from all over Los Angeles to worship and connect as family in Christ. We hope you’ll join us as we grow deeper in our love for God and for one another by learning together the joy and power of surrendering to him.


After completing the online registration form, you will be directed to our giving app, Pushpay. When submitting your payment, please write “2017 Men’s Retreat – Your Name” in the reference section.

If you would like to make a general donation to help others attend the retreat, you can go directly to the Pushpay giving page and type “2017 Men’s Retreat – General Fund” in the reference section.

If you’d like to sponsor a specific person, enter “2017 Men’s Retreat – Attendee Name” in the reference section. Sponsored attendees, however, should complete their own registration.


Check-in will take place on Thursday from 4PM to 7PM. Dinner will be served at 7PM and the first teaching session will start at 8PM. For questions on late check-in, please see the FAQ below. The retreat will conclude at 2PM on Saturday.

Thursday, October 19
4-7PM Check-in
4-7PM Campground Activities Will Be Open
7PM Dinner
8PM Session One
9:30PM Cabin Discussion/Fellowship
9:30PM Late Check-in

Friday, October 20
8:30AM Breakfast
9:30AM Session Two
11AM Cabin Discussion/Fellowship
12:30PM Lunch
1:30PM Cabin Olympics
3:30PM Fellowship/Free Time (Campground Activities Open)
6PM Dinner
7:30PM Session Three
9:30PM Cabin Discussion/Fellowship

Saturday, October 21
8:30AM Pack Up Cabins
9AM Breakfast
10:30AM Session Four
12PM Cabin Discussion/Fellowship
1PM Lunch
1:30PM Campground Activities Will Be Open
4PM Departure from Ponderosa


Sports and Activities

A variety of sports and activities will be available during free time, such as basketball, football, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, disc golf, hiking, ping pong, and foosball. Attendees may also take advantage of the zip line, bungee thrill swing, and other fun camp amenities!

9th Annual Cabin Olympics

They’re back yet again! The Cabin Olympics are a diverse fusion of games that test athletic agility, intellectual sharpness, and overall effectiveness as a team. Individual cabins square off in accumulating points in order to claim the championship trophy.

We’ve heard your feedback and want to let everyone know that the Olympics will be shorter this year, while still incorporating some of the old classic competitions. If you’d like to help volunteer to lead any of these activities, please email


All attendees need to fill out our Waiver of Liability and the Ponderosa Pines Waiver and bring both with you to the retreat.

If you under 18 years old, your legal parent or guardian will need to fill out our Waiver of Liability, our Minor Medical Consent form, and the Ponderosa Pines Waiver and you will need to bring all three with you to the retreat.

What to Bring

What do I need to bring?

  • Your Bible
  • Typical travel toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc.)
  • Bedding (linens will not be provided)
  • Towel
  • A warm jacket
  • Comfortable clothing and footwear for sports, hiking, or any other activities that may interest you (no cleats)
  • Earplugs
  • Sunscreen
  • FAQ

    What time does check-in end on Thursday?
    Registration will be from 4PM to 7PM, and will resume immediately after our evening session for those arriving late.

    Can I come up on Friday?
    If you’re unable to make it on Thursday, we ask that you arrive for early morning registration on Friday between 8:30AM and 10AM. If that’s not possible, please email Unfortunately, we’re unable to offer a reduced rate for Friday registration.

    Can I leave early?
    We encourage you to stay for the entire retreat, but understand if you have to leave early.

    Should I bring my own bedding?
    Please bring your own towels and bedding (sheets, pillow, sleeping bag, etc.). The cabins have bunk beds with mattresses, but no linens. It gets cold, so extra blankets are a good idea.

    What’s the lodging like?
    Each cabin contains bunk beds to accommodate twelve men, with a private bathroom and showers. Cabins are not equipped with heating. We recommend bringing a blanket or two in addition to a sleeping bag. We also recommend earplugs, as you never know who the snorers might be.

    How are cabins assigned?
    Cabins will be assigned according to community. Please tell us in your application what community group you’re part of or what region of LA you live in.

    What will the weather be like? What should I wear?
    Weather in the mountains during October is typically average 70’s during the day and cold at night, so it’s best to bring clothing appropriate for both. A warm jacket would be a good idea, and if you get cold easily, maybe a sweater and hat too. You’ll also want to bring clothing suitable for hiking, sports, and any other activities you plan on.

    How long is the drive?
    The trip can take anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 hours, depending on traffic. We advise you to plan ahead and check traffic conditions online before you leave.

    Is the church arranging a carpool?
    RLA is not arranging an official carpool. We encourage everyone to arrange travel with their community group. Use community groups and The City!

    Will there be any free time? If so, what is there for me to do?
    There will be free time during the afternoon on Friday and Saturday for sports, hanging out, and other activities. No matter what you choose to do, we encourage you to be intentional and seek the Lord during your time.

    Have any questions?

    If you have any questions not answered above, please let me know.

    Email Samri