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Gathering men and promoting their growth

JoinMen provides retreats and resources from an Anabaptist perspective to promote healthy masculinity, Christian formation and community. We desire that all men find a place of belonging among men who are strong, loving and wise as we follow Jesus in building God's shalom.  

 Mennonite Men Retreats

Retreats provide opportunities for men to gather together and engage issues in community. More than an event, these experiences are also meant to encourage participants to be part of an ongoing men's group and growth process.

Retreat themes we offer congregations, men's groups and retreat centers include:

For more information or to schedule a retreat, contact Don Neufeld ( in Canada or Steve Thomas ( in the United States.

Men's Rites of Passage

For most men, the question of what it means to be a man is perplexing. Most men have a longing for the support and guidance of other men in their journey towards masculinity, maturity, and a deeper experience with God. Opening the door to this journey can start with the Men's Rites of Passage (MROP) retreat. This retreat can help awaken men to the adventure and mystery of their own masculinity, their deep spirituality, and their life's purpose.

An increasing number of Mennonite men are being transformed as they participate in this intensive 5 day experience in a wilderness setting based on dying and rising in Christ. Originally created by Fr. Richard Rohr, this retreat is led by elders with Illuman. For more information about Men's Rites of Passage and Journey of Illumination click here or contact Steve Thomas at






Living that Matters for Men: a half-day retreatLiving that Matters for Men: a half-day retreatLiving that Matters for Men: a half-day retreat2023-12-09T05:00:00Z2023-12-09T05:00:00ZGoshen, INSteve Thomas ​Men, what kind of man do you want to be and how canyou live a life that matters? In this half-day retreat, wewill examine the scripts we’ve been given, explore differing expressions masculinity, reconsider our purpose and aims in life.




Living that Matters for Men: a half-day retreatLiving that Matters for Men: a half-day retreatLiving that Matters for Men: a half-day retreat2023-08-19T04:00:00Z8/19/2023 4:00:00 AMGoshen, INSteve Thomas
Plant Sale Plant Sale Plant Sale2023-05-06T04:00:00Z5/6/2023 4:00:00 AM727 New York Street, Goshen, IN
Creating Stories of Hope: Finding Healing in the Male JourneyCreating Stories of Hope: Finding Healing in the Male JourneyAmigo Centre Men's Retreat2023-04-28T04:00:00Z4/30/2023 4:00:00 AMAmigo Centre, Sturgis, MI
Mennonite Men tree planting along the Indiana Toll Road.Mennonite Men tree planting along the Indiana Toll Road.Indiana Toll Road Tree Planting2023-04-27T04:00:00Z4/27/2023 4:00:00 AMService Plaza near Howe


​Mennonite Men provides and promotes resources for individuals and groups.  We support the formation of men's groups with resources for conversation, growth and action.

Order Living that Matters: Honest Conversations for Men of Faith

Do you wonder what it means to be a man? Do you desire to grow? Want something more? Long for a life that matters? Seek to make a difference in the world? If so, Living That Matters may be for you or your group. This practical handbook is a guide to help individuals and groups engage in honest conversations on what matters most for men—with a focus on following Jesus, forming community, and building peace.

With over 60 years of combined experience in pastoral ministry and social work geared toward men, authors Steve Thomas and Don Neufeld offer many short reflections to help individuals and groups deepen relationships with one another, with ourselves, with our families and communities, and with God as we seek to live into God’s shalom—a peaceable order with abundance, security, and justice for all and well-being throughout creation.

For extra materials, excercises and more details about Living that Matters at

Digital resources available for Peaceful at Heart


Mennonite Men, in collaboration with Mennonite Central Committee's Ontario office, has created an audiobook, study guide, and a podcast/video interview series with the book's contributors. These written, audio and video materials will assist in individual or group engagement of these critical ideas. 

The interview series includes the personalities and passions of each of the contributors as they are interviewed about their chapters.  Cedric Martin of Ontario-based Theatre of the Beat hosts the interviews and performs the audiobook.  Retired professor Dan Epp-Tiessen walks leaders through a series of 11 sessions in the written study guide, providing suggestions for facilitating group conversations including questions to get men thinking and sharing.  From the hard stuff of abuse to a vision for living life with a peaceful heart, covering a broad reach of masculinities, Peaceful at Heart challenges our thinking of what it means to be men of God.

Access all of these free resources HERE.

Other JoinMen Resources

Simply click on the links below to download PDFs of these resources. 

Most of our Mennonite Men publications are free of charge. If you are able to contribute any amount for these resources of value to you, we invite your donation on the Support page. Consider supporting us as we support you.

Check out resources that MennoMedia offers, such as the "Upside-Down Living" series.

Watch for additional print materials and audio/visual resources in the future.