“Where Two or Three”– Lessons in Communication from God’s Word

September 15-17, 2017
Beacon Shores Resort on Whitefish Lake
36859 Silver Peak Road
Crosslake, MN 56442
(218) 543-4166, (800) 950-9507 - beaconshores.com

Participants will come to share in a uniquely Christian understanding of the mystery and marvel of human communication. After exploring the profound relationship that exists between growing as communicators and growing up into Christ our Head, we will take up a series of foundational topics that will include practical measures to help retreat attendees to be better, more thoughtful communicators, while also laying the groundwork for future communication-themed retreats. Featured among this year’s topics are: the art of biblical encouragement, the skills of active listening, and the differences in the way men and women communicate.

Speaker: Dr. Mark Paustian

Dr. Mark Paustian
Dr. Paustian returns to the Men’s Retreat after leading instruction at our first two retreats in 2008 and 2009, and more recently a sabbatical to complete his PhD from Regent University. In addition to his PhD work, his education includes two Masters degrees (of Divinity, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, and Speech Communication, University of Minnesota – Mankato). Professor Paustian returns to his teaching post at Martin Luther College this fall, where he teaches Interpersonal Communication, Advanced Christian Rhetoric and Intermediate Biblical Hebrew; and coaches Men's and Women's Cross Country. Before coming to MLC in 2001, Mark spent 12 years as church planter and home mission pastor at New Life Ev. Lutheran in Rockford, IL. Mark is also author of Prepared to Answer and MORE Prepared to Answer. Among their many blessings, Mark and wife Constance celebrate their 25 years of marriage this year and cherish daughters Abby and Hannah.


Friday, September 16

5pm Dinner - As you arrive
9pm Welcome and Devotion

Saturday, September 17

8am Breakfast and Fellowship
9am Session One: The Gift of Communication
Mid-morning Break
Session Two: Knowing Christ / Understanding People
12 noon Lunch
1pm Session Three: The Power of Words
Mid-afternoon Break
Session Four: The Grace to Listen
4pm Free time
7pm Dinner
Vespers, Bonfire, and free time

Sunday, September 18

7:30am Breakfast
8:30am Session Five: Communication and Gender
10am Wrapup/Q&A/2017 Planning / Free time
11:30am Pack up / Clean up


An 18 hole golf course is available as a Saturday afternoon activity if there is enough interest. It costs $23 per person, plus $7 for a cart if desired.

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While all are welcome, this retreat is designed for the adult men of WELS/ELS churches. Fathers are encouraged to bring their sons 16 or older.