For: Pastors, church leaders and other men who want to spend time in prayer with Jesus
Date: May 3-5 & May 5-7
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, April 27
Cost: $149


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?

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. 

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


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., a retreat ministry that seeks to aid believers in deepening their relationships with the Lord Jesus Christ and living out faithful discipleship in every area of their lives.


All the food will be provided by Camp Siloam. Special diets can be prepared for people who request them ahead of time.  It is also recommended that people with special diets bring some of their favorite foods for snacks and/or meals to ensure they have what they need to eat.  Special diet meals can be stored in our dining hall.  Snacks can be stored in your room.  Guests who are not on special diets are welcome to bring snacks, too.

Day 1: Dinner
Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Breakfast


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 and bunk houses. 

Do Not 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.

Packing List

  • Shirts (Short/long sleeve)
  • Pants 
  • Shorts
  • Socks
  • Underwear 
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Adventure Sandals
  • Coat or Jacket
  • Raincoat or umbrella
Bedding (Not In Diamond Inn):
  • Sleeping Bag or Twin Sheets & Blanket
  • Pillow


  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap/Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Hand Soap
  • Shower shoes
  • Towel
  • Washcloth

Must Haves:

    • Mask
    • Flashlight
    • Bible
    • Notebook
    • Pen or Pencil
    • 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.

Our COVID-19 Guidlines

Prior to arrival: 

  • Please follow strict social distancing guidelines by wearing a face mask/face covering when around members outside your immediate family and stay home as much as possible in the 14 days prior to arrival.
  • Please do daily temperature checks the seven (7) days prior to arrival and record on the log on back of the health screening form (download here).
  • All guests will need to complete the health screening form. Anyone with symptoms in the 72 hours prior to arriving at Camp Siloam should stay home and not come to camp.
  • Individuals with pre-existing conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, autoimmune disease, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease (including asthma) and/or immunosuppressed are at an increased risk of severe illness or death if COVID-19 is contracted. These individuals may choose to not attend camp.

During Camp:

  • Please wear a mask/face covering when participating in indoor activities when social distancing may not be possible.
  • Extra hand washing and hand sanitizing will be available and recommended often.
  • Please obtain daily temperatures for each individual in your bunkhouse. A log sheet and thermometer will be provided.
  • To aid in stopping the spread, we asked that anyone with a temperature of greater than 100.4 F is sent home. The ill person should wear a mask at all times and the Camp Siloam host should be notified.
  • Bunks will be spaced to comply with CDC guidelines to allow six feet between the head of each guest. We ask that you sleep head to toe. 
  • We recommend you stay on campus for the duration of your event. If someone must leave, we ask that they wear a mask while off-campus and follow all social distancing guidelines.
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