Johnny Hunt will lead men's retreat at FBC
First Baptist Church Lawton-Fort Sill is preparing to offer men an "Escape Plan" during the Johnny Hunt Men's Conference Friday and Feb. 27. The event will feature lectures and breakout sessions on imprisoning sins and how to free oneself.
Hunt is pastor of First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Ga. His annual men's conference, which takes place in the Atlanta area around Super Bowl weekend, has become the largest in the Southeast, according to Patrick Latham, pastor of First Baptist Church Lawton-Fort Sill and former mentee of Hunt. Last year, Hunt's conference ministered to 36,000 men, and now he is taking the 2015 theme on the road and is making a stop in Lawton.
"The theme is around issues that men struggle with in life and how they can break out of those," Latham said. "Pastor Johnny will talk about how most men struggle with things like finances, substance addiction or some sort of ego and pride things really addressing those three issues and how you can break out."
This will be the first year for First Baptist Church Lawton-Fort Sill to host Hunt's conference. The weekend will start off with a ribeye steak dinner on Friday night; afterward, Hunt will conduct two sessions.
On Saturday morning the men will be able to attend various breakout sessions hosted by pastors from around the region and the Oklahoma City area. Hunt will wrap up the conference with two sessions Saturday afternoon.
Latham believes men should attend the conference to be "encouraged, challenged and to live up to be all that they can be."
"I've told our men on Sunday mornings that we would just be challenged to be the men we're supposed to be for our families, for our children, in our workplace and in our community," Latham said.
The conference is open to the public. Individual tickets are $72 and there is a group rate of $62 per person for a group of 20. The church is also offering free tickets to soldiers that can be obtained through the Fort Sill Family and MWR. The congregation donated $5,000 for soldiers to attend the conference, which will allow 100 soldiers at most.