The war that rages in every man’s heart is real!

The enemy of our souls wants to destroy us – God wants to give us life and freedom!

What’s the reality of your soul today?  Are you trusting God for the deepest places in your life?  Do you believe that victory over sin, a great marriage, and raising healthy kids is possible today in your life?  Is shame locking you up?  Do you really believe that you are ‘good enough’?  Can you really trust God with all of you?  What’s the truth of God?  Who am I?

Battleground is the place for you to connect with God on the BIG questions in your life.

Some Peoria guys – Brian Aaron, Jeff Ringenberg, and others have participated in the Hearts Alive and Free men’s retreat in Michigan and have seen God do mighty things in their lives and in the lives of hundreds of other men there. Battleground invites more Central Illinois guys to experience God in new and exciting ways!

This adventure will include amazing teaching sessions and personal time. There will be food, some fun things to do, and the freedom for you to enjoy the weekend seeking your heart.  Battleground is not your typical men’s retreat!

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Deployment:  Friday, February 16 2018 arrive at 7pm – Sunday, February 1, 2018 depart at noon


$124 Early Bird Price – if registered by December 31, 2017

$149 Regular Price – if registered on or after January 1, 2018

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What to bring:

Housing is bunkhouse style bring sleeping bag/bedding for a twin bed, towel and toiletries

Appropriate clothes (warm coat), lawn chair for sessions and for sitting around the fire


Meals -Breakfast Lunch and Dinner on Saturday and Breakfast on Sunday and snacks

Pen and Retreat material

On-site recreation:

Games, trails for hiking / skiing and great campfire to enjoy

Before attending, we encourage you to read the book “Wild at Heart” by John Eldredge

Arrive by 7pm (eat dinner prior to arrival) on Friday, February 16

We’ll be done at 12 noon on Sunday, February 18 (no lunch included)

Contact info

Great Oaks           Camp Website for directions

1380 Co Rd 900N. Lacon IL 61540 Camp Phone:  309-246-4005

Hearts Alive and Free Ministries (our presenters)

Questions?  Call or email Jeff @ 309-360-1801 – or

Brian @ 309-258-1630 –