Deepen Men's Retreat

How can I walk in God’s presence daily? Developing a walk with the Lord can be challenging. Sometimes it seems everything in your life is competing for the time needed to focus on the Lord. The Lord can be out of our minds all day long or maybe even days at a time. Deepen Retreats may be a help. Facilitated by Dr. Walter Norvell, Associate Professor of Christian Education at Williams Baptist University, this retreat is a time to listen to the Lord and develop a personal plan for deepening a man's spiritual life. The retreat also offers an online learning experience that supports the retreat before and after. The retreat builds around being silent with the Lord, personal reflection, and small group discussion. Any man wanting to walk closer to the Lord will find direction in the process.

How Many: 50 max

When: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16th through 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 18th

Where: Camp Siloam, Siloam Springs, AR

Cost: Before March 1st: $149     After March 1st: $169     Payment is required at registration. If you cancel, all but $50 is refundable ($70 if you opted for a family cabin).

Registration Deadline: Monday, March 12th

More About Deepen

Sometimes, to go forward you first retreat. Sometimes to grow close to the Lord, you must first be quiet and listen. Sometimes my growth depends on my efforts to resist the ordinary and do something different. Maybe that quiet, extraordinary action is a retreat. The retreat will include a time of silence, so we can listen for God’s voice. This retreat will be a gathering of men, seeking to create plans to help us grow in the Lord. Break the noise and busy-ness cycles in your life so you can hear the Lord. God wants to speak to you. Will you listen?


There are two types of lodging for Deepen 1) Cabins or 2) Bunkhouses. Cabins have linens and towels provided and a private bath. Bunkhouses do not have linens and towels. Your stay in a bunkhouse is included in your fee. Cabins are and extra $20. There are 16 cabins available for the retreat.

Click here to see pictures of the cabin rooms.
Click here to see pictures of the bunk houses.


All the food will be provided by Camp Siloam.

What to Bring for Your Stay

• T-Shirts & Shorts • Long Sleeve Shirts & Pants • Socks & Underwear • Adventure Sandals • Tennis Shoes • Towels • Rain Jacket / Umbrella • Sleeping Bag or Twin Sheets & Blanket • Pillow • Toiletries • Shampoo & Soap • Hand Soap • Shower Shoes • Washcloth • Flashlight • Sun Screen

What to Bring for Your Studies

For our studies, you will need to bring a notebook, pen, and your favorite Bible. You also will need your own copy of Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, revised and expanded, by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun (Intervarsity Press,2015; ISBN: 978-0-8308-4605-4). Your local Christian bookstore can get it for you or you can follow this link to Intervarsity Press and order it. I just discovered that Amazon is now only selling the digital version. You could use the digital version (which is cheaper) but I will be asking you to complete a Spiritual Growth Planner from the book on the retreat. It is easier to write in a book than to figure out how to get that planner onto your paper notes at the retreat.

What Not to Bring

Finally, please consider leaving off social media, maybe even your phone, during this retreat. We want to get away from the normal routines (and interruptions) of our daily lives so we can begin to hear God’s voice. You might want to leave your phone in the car and only check for voice mails once or twice each day. Notify family and friends and ask them to hold communication with you until Wednesday afternoon. I can give you a number that we can use as an emergency number if needed.

About Walter Norvell

Walter Norvell is Associate Professor of Christian Education at Williams Baptist University in Walnut Ridge, AR. He is a frequent church and conference speaker on topics like discipleship and prayer. His interests include spiritual renewal, Christian disciplines, and Christian education. He blogs about small groups at He is married to Mary and is father to two grown sons. He and Mary have five grandchildren. When not teaching, he enjoys the outdoors through camping, hiking, and fly fishing. He leads Deepen Retreats, Inc., which a retreat ministry seeks to aid believers in deepening their relationships with the Lord Jesus Christ and living out faithful discipleship in every area of their lives.


If you have other questions about the studies, please get in contact with Walter Norvell. You can use his personal email, or call his cell at 870-637-2501. If you have questions about lodging, food or directions call Camp Siloam at 479-250-1865 or