Men's Retreat


Men's Retreat

January 20-21, 2018
Hilton DFW Lakes in Grapevine, Texas

About Retreat Leader Paul Hooker
Retreat Schedule Highlights
Attendance Options


What Do We Mean When We Say “Church”? We Presbyterians have a long history and a deep theology when it comes to the business of being the Church. Over the course of our time together, we’ll look at some of that history and theology, as expressed in the constitutional documents of the church, The Book of Confessions and The Book of Order. We’ll examine questions like:

  • What is the “Church” and what is the Church’s relationship to God who engages the world through Jesus Christ?
  • What do key theological images like “body of Christ” and “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic” mean for us?
  • What are church “councils” and why are they important in our way of being Church? (Hint: think Session, Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly)
  • How does our Presbyterian way of living as church arise from historical moments like the English and American Revolutions, and why does that matter?

Retreat Leader: Paul Hooker

Paul Hooker is Associate Dean for Ministerial Formation and Advanced Studies at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and Union Presbyterian Seminary (Richmond), and he holds the PhD in Old Testament Studies from Emory University. Prior to coming to Austin in 2012, Paul served for 21 years as pastor of Presbyterian congregations in Kingsport TN and Atlanta GA, and was the Executive Presbyter and Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of St Augustine (NE Florida). Paul has served as a member and moderator of the General Assembly’s Advisory Committee on the Constitution, as a member of the Form of Government Task Force that wrote the first two sections of the current Book of Order, and is a member of the General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission. He teaches Presbyterian polity at Austin Seminary. 

Paul is a published poet whose writing has appeared in the pages of the Presbyterian Outlook, Insights (the faculty journal of Austin Seminary), and on the online poetry site, Poetry Breakfast

He is the husband of Pat Thiede, the father of Chris and Bethany, and the grandfather of Madison, Adam, and Eli. He plays jazz bass guitar and has been found standing in cold moving water with a fly rod in his hands.

Retreat Schedule Highlights

Subject to minor changes.

Friday, January 19 (optional)
A Dutch-treat evening meal for those who want to begin retreating early.

Saturday, January 20
7:30 a.m.    Buffet breakfast at hotel begins
9 a.m.         Program begins
12:30 p.m.  Lunch begins (included with registration fee)
7 p.m.         Dinner, Dutch-treat

Sunday, January 21
7:30-9 a.m. Buffet breakfast (included for those spending Saturday night at hotel)
9-10 a.m.    Sunday worship

Attendance Options

There are several options for attendance and lodging. The event will be held at the Hilton DFW Lakes (1800 Highway 26 East, Grapevine, TX 76051; near Bass Pro Shop). All three options below include breakfast, lunch, and snacks on Saturday, as well as the program and speaker. Each option's additional inclusions are listed. Please mark your option when filling out the registration form below.

Note: Your registration is not complete until payment is received in the church office; checks can be made out to First Presbyterian Church with "Men's Retreat" in memo line.

Option 1: Two Nights
This option also includes lodging both Friday and Saturday nights, as well as breakfast and worship on Sunday.
Double Occupancy: $165 per person
Single Occupancy: $230 per person

Option 2: One Night
This option also includes lodging for either Friday or Saturday night; Saturday night stay includes breakfast and worship on Sunday.
One Night, Double Occupancy: $95 per person
One Night, Single Occupancy: $165 per person

Option 3: Saturday Only
This option includes all Saturday programming and cost $90 per person.

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