MEN of the church

Men today are distracted and disengaged. Our break-neck way of life often keeps us from slowing down to contemplate the things in life that really matter. We get bogged down by the demands of life and stuck in the monotony of what we can control.

Getting a man out and away, especially with other men, can be a catalyst for growth - just like giving men a joint task to accomplish and an adventure to share creates lifetime connections, accountability and friendships. 

That's what we are about at Trades of Grace. Our primary focus is men, and our goal during every T.O.G. trip is to challenge each man with Philippians 3:12. God gives a call, most likely many calls, to each of his sons. Whether or not a man seeks out those callings and lives a life worthy of the gospel is up to that man. 

Often times, the men on our trips are already committed followers of Jesus Christ. Others are not believers at all. Whatever the case, we believe God sends the men He choses our way, and we steward them all the same.

Our director, Jeff Vanaman, takes each T.O.G. team through five, practical discipleship sessions (one every morning) that build one on another. Each is designed to challenge a man to seek God for his own answers to personal questions. After sessions, the men talk through what God is speaking to them in small groups, and they are encouraged to take time while they are working and out in God's creation to intentionally process what is revealed to them.

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
— Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

MEN are made for adventure

Men are created to conquer and explore. God speaks to a man through HIS creation. No other place on earth echoes God's majesty quite like Alaska.  That's why we make experiencing a piece of Alaska part of every day on a T.O.G. trip.  We go into more details on the plan your trip page of this website, so skip over there now if you'd like. If you're game though, we think you may be interested in our secondary focus: projects that undergird.

The tragedy of life is not death but what we let die inside of us while we live.
— Norman Cousins