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Brave, Strong & Tender

This is a no-holds-barred conference or retreat designed for men only or for fathers and sons. Drawing on the struggles of a difficult childhood, his combat experiences as a Marine machine gunner in Viet Nam, and the lessons he learned as he rose to become a managing partner of a 50 attorney law firm, Phil Downer not only teaches but models God’s ways of overcoming past struggles and becoming God’s soldiers in the battle for our families, businesses, churches, and communities. This conference is strongly grounded in Scripture and deals with the challenging subjects of anger, lust, lack of vision, and growing in devotion to Christ. The men attending will be encouraged to follow our Lord and His Word in living out the victorious Christian life in their relationships at home, church and work.

Session Titles

1.  From Hell To Eternity: How God Rewrites Our Life Stories
2.  Accountability: The Power of a 'Jonathan & David' Relationship
3.  Marriage: Sex, Communication, Conflict & Intimacy 
4.  Home: The Key To Your Greatest Legacy
5.  Discipleship: Changing Your World One Person At A Time

To learn more about how to attend or schedule a Brave, Strong & Tender men's weekend, please submit a request for  more information at the bottom left corner of this page.

Speaking References:

"If Phil Downer had lived at the time of King David, he would have been the leader of David's thirty Mighty Men. This soldier's consuming passion is to walk with integrity before his Lord. He is a rock-solid, straight-shooting example we can follow. I have witnessed his brokenness and growth over the years, especially recently. It is a privilege to call him my friend."

          -Patrick Morley, Chairman, Man in the Mirror Ministries, Orlando,
           Florida, Chairman of DNA Ministry Endorsement Committee

"In Brave, Strong, & Tender, Phil Downer has created a wonderful resource for men. His stories will touch your heart, while his principles rock your soul. A great book by a great man..."

          -Bruce Wilkinson, President and CEO, Global Vision Resources

“Phil is a great model of Jesus’ own method of evangelism and discipleship. Phil positions himself as a servant, relates as a friend, accepts without performance conditions, and speaks with authority about the things of God.”

          -Mark Parry, A.I.A., Santa Rosa, CA

“Phil Downer is a man I respect; a friend of several years with whom I co-authored a book. I have heard him speak a number of times and his testimony and messages on discipleship are awesome. Men will be challenged with the biblical and life principles that he brings out. Pastors should use Phil Downer for retreats, conferences and services with their men in their churches. I whole-heartedly endorse Phil speaking in Assemblies of God churches.”

          -Chuck Brewster, Director of Honor Bound Men’s Ministries,
              Assemblies of God, Springfield, MO

“Phil Downer was the speaker at our weekend discipleship retreat. Phil is open, honest, straightforward and hard-hitting. Men appreciate his candor and his call to courageously follow Jesus. Phil helps men gain a clear vision for discipleship both in their home and their church. The Friday evening session provided a great opportunity to bring unsaved friends and Phil presented the Gospel in a clear and personal way through his testimony. I would recommend Phil to others who may be considering hosting or attending a conference or retreat in the future.”

          -Rev. Ritch Boerckel, Pastor, Bethany Baptist Church, Peoria, IL