WINONA MS (WGN)– The World Evangelism School of Missions will host its first missionary retreat May 10-12 at the Maywood Christian Camp in Hamilton, Ala.

The retreat is also hosted by J.C. and Betty Choate, Wayne and Janet Barrier, and the Double Springs Church of Christ, in Cookeville, Tenn.

Featured speakers include Glover Shipp, J.C. Choate, Don Petty, Don Reese, Loy Mitchell, and Gordon Hogan, among others.

All missionaries and friends interested in the future of mission work are invited.

The deadline for registration is May 1.

The preliminary schedule of the retreat, with further information, follows.

Thursday- May 10

12:30-2 PM Arrival, moving into cabins and visiting

2-3 PM Singing lead by Claude Lewis, Message by J.C. Choate, Wayne Barrier and Glover Shipp

3-3:15 PM Break

3:15-4:15 PM Singing lead by Jeremy Barrier, Message by John Reese

4:15-4:30 PM Break

4:30-5 PM Mission Work Reports and Announcements-Ken Wilkey, Byron Nichols, Wayne Kilpatrick, Don Petty, others

5-7 PM Supper

7-8 PM Singing lead by Greg Farris, Message by Gordon Hogan

8 until Entertainment/Visiting

Friday- May 11

7-8 AM Breakfast

8-9 AM Singing lead by Joey Barrier, Message by Colin McKee, by the lake-Bring lawn chairs

9-9:15 AM Break

9:15-10 AM Mission Work Reports and Announcements- Loy Mitchell, Gordon Hogan, Claude Lewis, Larry Murdock, others

10-10:15 AM Break

10:15-11:15 AM Singing lead by Dale Sellers, Message by Invited Speaker

12-2 PM Lunch and visiting/resting

2-3 PM Singing lead by Larry Murdock, Message by Don Petty

3-3:15 PM Break

3:15-4:15 PM Singing lead by Sunny David, Message by Ken Wilkey

4:15-5 PM Mission Work Reports and Announcements-Colin McKee, Dale Sellers, Don Norwood, John Reese, others

5-7 PM Supper

7-8 PM Singing lead by Don Posey, Message by Loy Mitchell

8-until Visit

Saturday-May 12

7-8 AM Breakfast

8-9 AM Singing lead by_________, Message by Invited Speaker

9-9:30 AM Wrap things up

10 AM Be out of cabins

Other invited speakers are: Stan Mitchell, Parker Henderson, Demar Elam

Confirmed speakers and topics

Glover Shipp – Islam

Don Petty –The Decline of the Church

John Reese – How Shall We Reach a World of Over 6 Billion?

Loy Mitchell –

Gordon Hogan – Paul’s Methods Worked in the First Century and Will Work Now

Ken Wilkey –

Colin McKee – The Effect of Animism on Today’s Religious World

Randal Matheny – All Things to All People

Everyone attending will have at least 5-10 minutes to discuss their work.

Other Information

The cost is $10 per person per night. This includes food and drinks for the retreat. Payment may be made at check-in.

The accommodations include mostly air-conditioned cabins, men in one, women in another. Fans may be brought for the cabins without air-conditioning. For those who don’t appreciate the camp atmosphere, there is an Econ-o-lodge and a Days Inn about 4 miles from the camp in Hamilton.

What to Bring:

Bedding (for twin size- bunk-beds), towels, toiletries, clothes, etc., lawn chairs (please bring because the only other seats are benches!).

Maywood Christian Camp is located at 700 Maywood Drive, Hamilton, Alabama 35570. The website for camp is . See website for map.

The camp has a fully equipped kitchen, air-conditioned eating/meeting area, an outdoor amphitheatre, lake, playground for children, and plenty of wide open space.

RSVP To: Wayne and Janet Barrier. 3000 County Road 10. Florence, AL 35633. Email: . Phones: 256-766-2807 home; 256-627-6495 cell; 256-771-1698 daughter’s house (Jenny).

Hamilton is located northwest of Birmingham, Ala., off Hwy 78. When you enter Hamilton, take Hwy 43 South (located at the stop light at the Marion County Courthouse) toward Guin. Stay on Hwy 43 for 3 more stop lights. At this stop light you will see a bank on the right and a pharmacy on the left. Take a left turn here and travel 3-4 miles down this road (Co. Rd. 42). Stay on this road until you come to the Maywood Christian Camp sign on the left.

For a report of the retreat, see this story.


  1. The Retreat revived mine and Sylvia’s spirit to work!! The inspiration of the men and women who have really LIVED the evangelistic Christian life lifted us as high as we have ever been in our Christian walk. We pray there may be other such ‘events’ around the brotherhood and look forward to the Maywood Christian Camp Missionary Retreat again next year. The lectures were right on target, and I hope we can obtain all the tapes and even any transcripts that might be made available. We must do it again and in the meantime figure out ways to convey the messages to the congregations to implement…namely, (1) Evangelize our communities – preachers included, (2) LEARN God’s word, (3) send men away to preach sound doctrine and plant churches. God be with us all as we “restore these old things of ‘old’ days.” Please see my note below on how to access the Mission Learning Center website with pictures and instructions on how to teach it. Write me if you have any questions about how to implement the MLC at your congregation. We do workshops on the MLC, and I further will be happy to come and talk about the “Reasons for and Solutions to the Decline of our Membership.” Don Petty (972) 243 – 2585 Dallas, Texas. (We attend the Lewisville Church of Christ, Lewisville, Texas)
    The above link is to our Mission Learning Center Blog. From that you can find a link to Webb Chapel church ( which gives you some links on the Mission Learning Center they teach. dp

  2. I pray you people will preach, teach, and write about what we all said and observed at the Missionar Retreat in Hamilton. God bless everyone of you…Don Petty