FORGED – Men’s Retreat


AUGUST 11, 2023

5pm – 9:15pm

“For our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:29

Forging metal can produce a piece that is stronger than an equivalent cast or machined part. As the metal is shaped during the forging process, it’s internal grain texture deforms to follow the general shape of the part. As a result, the texture variation is continuous throughout the part, giving rise to a piece with improved strength characteristics.

Our God is a consuming fire that transforms us internally to become what He needs us to be, to do the work He has called us to. We are forged for every good work!

All men *18+ – Join the men of Hilltop for a time of encouragement, renewal, and refreshment.

2023 Theme: GOD IS – Isaiah 44:6

Total Cost: $25


Guest speaker Tom Ellsworth

Worship leader Ron Bridgewater

Includes: program, meal, and any optional activities offered Friday evening


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Guest Speaker: Tom Ellsworth

Tom Ellsworth served as the preaching minister of Sherwood Oaks Christian Church for 40 years. In 1981 he and his wife, Elsie, moved to the “good life” in the small university town of Bloomington, Indiana. During the ensuing four decades, the congregation grew from 80 to over 3,000, transitioning through a building fire, relocation, five building programs, and the addition of two multisite congregations. He prepared for a lifetime of service with degrees from St. Louis Christian College and Cincinnati Bible Seminary.
Tom has traveled the country and overseas to speak as well as train Christian leaders and ministers. He has published numerous articles and written five books. Currently, he is privileged to serve as president of the Chaplaincy Endorsement Commission for Christian Churches. And in 2001, he served as President of the North American Christian Convention.
He and Elsie have been married for 46 years and have two wonderful daughters, Emily and Rebekah, two terrific sons-in-law, Matt and Errek, and six awesome grandchildren – pure joy! When not ministering, you’re likely to find Tom in the woods behind their house, spending time with his family or building memories with his grandchildren. His favorite places to visit are the majestic scenes of God’s creation. He loves reading a good mystery thriller novel, being a pilot, tinkering with his 1929 Ford Model A and woodworking.


 Worship: Ron Bridgewater

Ron ministers through Gospel music at festivals and other venues. He is a Brazil, IN native who has been in ministry full time since 1993 and is currently serving East Columbus Christian Church as their Senior Minister. He is married to Stacey and they have 2 sons, Nick (wife-Macy) and Garrett. Ron also has 2 grandsons, Avett and Brooks. Ron began his ministry at ECCC in January of 2005 after a 10 year ministry at First Christian Church of North Vernon, IN. He enjoys IU basketball, Cubs baseball, and Cowboys football!



Host: Ryan Croft, Hilltop Camp Manager

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