MARINES 2024: March 3-6!



I Timothy 4:6-8 says: “If you put these instructions before the brothers and sisters, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound teaching that you have followed. Have nothing to do with profane myths and old wives tales. Train yourself in godliness, for while physical training is of some value, godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” As Christians we are to train ourselves to be godly. Training in godliness develops the whole person — body, soul, and mind.


The Marines are a group of the most disciplined men and women that are in training to serve the good of the Kingdom of God. It is the highest level of Discipleship training. A Marine is someone who puts God first above all other things in life. A Marine gives 110% in every aspect of life to benefit Christ and others. Though many will watch and expect you to fall, a Marine sets the highest example of a Christian walk.


You should not set out on this journey until you understand thoroughly what it will require of you. The requirement is to put God first. Once you put God first in your life, you will never be the same. Putting God first in your life in our culture will require self-discipline, self-control, and sacrifice. Upon taking this challenge, you need to be fully aware that the road you must travel is not the widest nor the road traveled by many. You also must be aware that the path which you will take carries with it huge responsibilities. Your life will be watched and discussed about by many. However, with God's help and that of the Holy Spirit, you will succeed!


For four days we will be intentional in our disciplines of life. We will be living together at Camp Wesley Pines this week. We will rise at 5am and begin our physical training time with aerobic exercise. At 5:30am we will have a quiet time alone with God. We are cutting out all junk food, caffeine, and other vices that we have become accustomed to. Personal freedoms such as cars, cell phones, electronics/devices, the internet, and television will also be relinquished for the week. The diet is very strict and study hall is required each day. Each Marine must take part in the responsibilities of the community. Each night there's time spent in God's Word with your platoon, nightly worship, and an evening quiet time. The Marines will be in bed at night by 9:30pm.


A good soldier loves a challenge. The challenge that MARINES will issue this week is one of Advanced Spiritual Training. It will be a challenge and an adventure to deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ. This training will encompass your mental, spiritual, and physical disciplines of life. Through a community atmosphere, you will also learn what it takes to be a part of the family of God.


By registering, you understand that this journey is one that requires full dedication and commitment and is going to be long and hard.


We are looking for 10th - 12th graders who have done MARINES at least once to serve as Platoon and Squad Leaders. If this is you, you can sign up under a special section of the registration form.

*** STUDENT LEADERSHIP serves an extra day! They begin on Saturday, March 25 at 10am!