Spiritual Life Retreat 2015


A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.  - Trappist Monk Thomas Merton

January 17-19, 2015
Camp Cedar Crest in Running Springs


 We believe Scripture invites us to set aside a safe and quite place to pray, contemplate, and respond to the Word of God. For that reason, each year we create a retreat where students are guided into a space of intentional spiritual reflection, direction, and development in the context of community.

We believe that while ultimately spiritual growth is the responsibility of the Holy Spirit in partnership with a believer, individual spiritual formation largely takes place when a believer is charged with the transmission of their faith in word and deed. Therefore, we intentionally seek to create as many opportunities where our students are encouraged to live out their faith authentically in their everyday spaces and conversations.

Attempting to cultivate an environment like this requires a significant amount of prayer and preparation. Student leaders must be identified, equipped, and empowered to do the work of the saints. Adult leaders must stay proactive, engaged, and discerning as they minister to the student leaders. And ultimately, all involved must maintain constant communication with the Father and His guiding Spirit.

Join us in prayer as we seek to live the LIFE He has already prepared in advance for us. Pray specifically for the following:

  • The prevenient grace of God to stir the hearts of all attending
  • The Spirit of authentic celebration, hospitality, and gratitude to be present
  • God’s protection and provision in all activities and conversations
  • All glory to God

Sign-ups are limited so register now. Cost is $150 which can be placed on school account. Questions, contact Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual Life Joel Murphy at j_murphy@mhs-hs.org or (626) 817-4092.

Links to forms needed:
SLR Registration Info
SLR Release Form


Please remember these important details:

  • MHS Release form is due December 17, 2014. Forms received after that date will be marked late and subject to a $10 fee.
  • Each camper is allowed only 1 carry-on size bag—no exceptions! Sleeping bag not included.
  • Departure time is 9:00 a.m. SHARP on January 17.
  • Return time is approximately 11:30 a.m. on January 19.
  • Packing List
    • Bible, pen(s), and notebook
    • Sleeping bag and pillow
    • Toiletries
    • Clothes for 2 days
    • Extra pair of shoes just in case
    • Warm Jacket/Sweatshirt
    • Cap or Beanie
    • Gloves
    • Flashlight
    • Cash for the snack bar—completely optional





Our Spiritual Life Department is thrilled to have Dr. Kneeland Brown as our keynote speaker for our 2015 Spiritual Life Retreat. Mr. Murphy says, “He might be one of the funniest people I have met and is always the life of the party!” He adds, “Even though he has a larger-than-life personality, he is a genuinely humble man who is sure to develop a great rapport with our students.”

As a father of four, scholar and professor, it has long been Brown's passion to see the rising generation of Christian leaders combine scholarship and faith into positive action. His dynamic faith and deep insight is one that is easily caught through his gifted story telling. His vision is that students will gain the necessary skills and experience to influence the culture, restore the family, revive the church and transform society.

Dr. Kneeland C. Brown currently serves as the Dean of the DeVoe School of Business at Indiana Wesleyan University and has served in higher education administration for the better part of the last decade. Dr. Brown continues to hold an aggressive research and writing agenda.

Dr. Brown has been married to the love of his life, Mrs. Tearrah S. Brown since 2004. Given his familiarity of Maranatha’s influence in the San Gabriel Valley and friendship with Chaplain Joel Murphy, Dr. Brown is excited to see what God has in store for our time together.

Ed.D., University of Southern California
M.A., Haggard Graduate School of Theology
B.A., Azusa Pacific University



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