On Saturday 8 August, 1,380 men gathered to be encouraged and challenged from God’s word at BASECAMP men’s conference. Despite COVID-19 impacting on large-scale physical gatherings, BASECAMP delegates showed a zealous commitment to stand together as ‘one in Christ Jesus’ via a livestream this year. Scattered across living rooms and church halls, men from across Australia, and as far and wide as Romania, Nepal and Malaysia, gathered in small groups, to hear God’s word preached.
Plenary speakers included Professor John Lennox (Oxford University), Jeremy Dunne (City Light Church, Balmain) and Dr Mark Stephens (Centre of Public Christianity), who preached on the theme, “Man Disrupted: How Jesus Changes Men for the Better”. Together with special guests Keith Lord and Denny To, the program gave an honest account of the unhealthy expressions of masculinity, while presenting the hope of a gospel alternative, through Christ’s perfect example in anger, weakness and fear.
In a year where many have felt the negative impacts of social distancing, BASECAMP was a timely opportunity for men to renew their strength with ‘relevant’ Bible teaching, in the company of brothers from all walks of life. The program also came with scheduled breaks, which gave delegates ample time to share, discuss and pray over the things that they had learned.
“Seeing some of my brothers from church face-to-face for the first time in 5 months. Great theme, with three great challenges. A very professional live stream, one of the best I've seen during the COVID season!” - Jim
“I really appreciated the call for guys (including myself) to think through the reality of anger, weakness, and connecting to those in our world with the Gospel. I thank God for the way my life, my family and my churches have benefited by this ministry.” - Dean
“BASECAMP gave a refreshing and external perspective in a time where one tends to be "locked down" and isolated. Men so badly need to meet in such a forum. Keep up the first-class teaching.” – Howard
“I am always encouraged to find that my faults and sins are not exclusive. Many men struggle with their emotions, including anger and despair, with their marriage and anxiety. It is always refreshing to hear speakers open up with genuine and honest accounts of their lives, and then provide a God-based solution.” - David
BASECAMP will return in 2021, as two physical gatherings in August. BASECAMP City will be held on Saturday 7 August at the UNSW Roundhouse and BASECAMP Mountains will be held on Friday 13 – Saturday 14 August at the StayKCC site in the Blue Mountains.
One of the speakers will be Michael Ramsden, the President of RZIM and one of the founders of The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. You can get a taste of his teaching from this talk at Oxygen Conference 2018.
In a year of tumultuous change, we would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the BASECAMP committee, AV team and Tom Israel, Keith Lord, Ben Pfahlert, Josh Trethowan, Denny To and Ryan Verghese who have served as volunteers, and allowed the livestream to run as smoothly and professionally as possible. We are grateful to God for your service.
Missed out on BASECAMP? Catch the Replay!
The BASECAMP livestream will be available for replay from Saturday 15 August at 9AM (AEST).
To access the replay, purchase a ticket from the BASECAMP website. If you already have a ticket, just use the same link and access code to view the replay.
You can also access the BASECAMP book collection here, the Spotify playlist here, and the feedback form here.
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