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Our experiential weekend is based on Genesis 32, where Jacob wrestles with God, receives a new name, a blessing and begins a new relationship with God. This biblical teaching — and several others from the life of Jesus and other biblical characters — fuels our vision to create a world of men who live with integrity, grace and courage, fulfilling their God-given purpose.
Other Biblical influences on our weekend experience include:
- Integrity: (Matthew 5: 37; Ephesians 4:15; James 5:16; Matthew 7: 3-5)
- Courage: (1 Thessalonians 5: 14-15; 1 Timothy 4:16; Proverbs 20:5)
- Grace: (Romans 15:7; Matthew 7: 1-2; Romans 12:15; 1 Peter 4:8)
The men who come on our weekends want to experience truth and grace in a community of other men of faith living in authenticity. They have the courage to take off their masks and honestly explore what is and what is not working in their lives and to cut through the false pretenses that keep them from leaving a legacy to impact in our world, like Jesus did (1 Corinthians 16: 13-14).
The weekend is designed so that the exercises build on each other. We believe the element of surprise encourages you to be present in each moment, to take a fresh look at your faith and life from a different perspective beyond your normal comfort zone. Most men who attend the weekend say they were glad no one told them what to expect ahead of time.
It’s a men’s weekend and includes some physically challenging parts to stretch you into new capacities and perspectives. That said, it isn’t a boot camp. Safety protocols are always followed so nearly anyone in any physical level can experience the full weekend. You can also pass on any activity .
All participation is voluntary. You are free to decide for yourself what is best, whether to pass on any process or exercise, or leave if you desire. Since the weekend is designed to be challenging, you may experience times when you would rather be somewhere else — just like in life, your job, your relationships and other responsibilities. A key to any growth is not running away but pushing through the limits, fears or truths you may have been avoiding. The men who persevere are glad they did.
The Crucible Weekend is designed for men who are actively living out their Christian faith as well as anyone who may be wrestling with faith or doubting God.
You receive lodging for Friday and Saturday, three meals Saturday and two on Sunday, participant materials and exercises, along with the guidance of trained, highly experienced staff leaders. Some of the fee goes to The Crucible Project’s administrative costs as well as helping to fund scholarships for participants who need financial support.
We ask everyone who attends the weekend, including staff, to carpool. Logistically, parking is limited and carpooling lessens our environmental impact. Sharing the journey also gives you the opportunity to connect with other men during the trip, which is an important dynamic before and after the weekend. Many men find they have more in common than expected and lasting friendships are forged. That said, carpooling is not required.
We have staff members designated to work out a way to get you from the airport to the weekend.
We work with men to accommodate food allergies and diet restrictions. You will be given the opportunity to indicate any special needs/restrictions on your Health Form included in the registration process.
We work with men across the spectrum of Christianity and are not connected to any specific church or denomination.
No, the weekend is not group therapy or professional counseling. Staff members are not licensed therapists, so professional therapy is not provided.