Yes. We are trying to give men a chance to escape the typical daily routines, and be authentic and real with each other. While we love our wives and are thankful for women, this is a "men's retreat". Note: there may be women serving at the retreat in various roles.
What if COVID-19 social distancing state rules prevent me from coming?
If CO rules or laws prohibit us from hosting, we will cancel the event and notify the attendees as soon as we have the news. Also, if you can't come due to your states travel rules or laws related to COVID-19 at the time of the getaway we understand you will not be able to come. Pray for God to stop the COVID-19!
What is Master Plan Ministries?
Master Plan Ministries is a non-denominational, evangelical, Christian ministry that exists to glorify God by helping fulfill the great commission. You can learn more at this link.
Is Master Plan Ministries an outfitter?
No we are not. The cost to attend the Getaway covers only MPM’s costs involved in conducting the Getaway with no MPM staff receiving any compensation. The hunting and fishing activities are self-directed at each participant’s discretion. MPM is not a licensed “Outfitter” as defined by Colorado law and cannot engage in, nor be compensated for, guiding or supervising hunting and fishing activities nor providing gear for such activities.”
Can I come if I am not a committed Christian or have never been to a men's retreat like this before?
Yes! We think that any natural born man would really enjoy this retreat. It will also help if you are open minded to the claims of Jesus, and are willing to listen to several men share stories about how God changed their lives and willing to listen to engaging messages from the Bible. Also note, there will be no alcohol at the Cascade Lodge, and we are aiming to cultivate a God honoring enviorment.
How do you raise funds at these events?
Master Plan is charging a premium for this event so that we can put any proceeds toward our ministry objectives. We also want to invite men to give financially to our ministry during the Monday Vision Tour when we have a special day of casting vision, and an evening presentation including soliciting funds for our ministry objectives. We have an exciting project to share with you.
Russ Akins, Austin Krokos, Gordy Herrick, and Jeff Rose. At least two of us will be at each getaway.
Russ is the president of Master Plan Ministries and grew up in this part of Colorado as an outdoorsman. He founded Master Plan Ministries in 1985, and has conducted dozens of men's retreats in this area over those 30 years.
Austin came to Durango from PA in 1997 and has been climbing mountains and enjoying the CO outdoors since then. Austin has been serving on staff with MPM for 15 years mainly in the campus ministry.
Gordy has lived in the area for over 30 years, and has worked in the education and fishing guide profession over that time. He is on the board of directors of MPM. He is a seasoned sportsman with a great love for God and the outdoors.
Jeff Rose is an avid hunter from Albuquerque who helped to dream up these Christian Sportsman and Getaway and Fundraisers after coming to a fall men's retreat at Three Trails Ranch. He is a realtor by profession, but will likely be found hunting in his free time.
Can I come late or leave early?
To get the most out of our time together, and to help make meaningful relationships, and to honor our fund raising efforts, we ask that you plan to participate from Thursday dinner through Monday night at the end of the vision tour day as late as 9:00pm. If you have further questions about this, contact Russ at the bottom of this page.
Can I bring my ATV, boat, or RV?
Yes, but we need to be sure that we have enough space to park them. Call Russ at the number below to confirm.
Still have a question? Please call or email Russ at 970-259-5768 or Russ.Akins@MPMStaff.com