About The Alamo Band of Brothers (ABOB)
Who are the Alamo Band of Brothers?
The Alamo Band of Brothers is a small group of men, from the San Antonio area, who attended a men’s event offered by Ransomed Heart Ministries in Colorado. That retreat was a significant stop on our journey, as our lives were profoundly impacted and our paradigm of Christianity shaken. The result has been the freedom in Christ that before seemed so elusive and an ever-deepening understanding of God’s Word and calling in our daily lives. Though we come from several different churches, denominational backgrounds and vocations, we’ve locked arms because we believe in the calling on every man’s life to live wildly in this adventure and walk with God.
Does the Alamo Band of Brothers have a statement of faith?
Yes. Click Here
Is the Alamo Band of Brothers something to be joined?
The Alamo Band of Brother is just the name 5 friends came up with to begin inviting men into the journey. As Jesus came for us, he pulled our band together and made strangers into a band that goes to war together. Our hope is that your heart will be stirred and set free by this presentation of the offer Jesus made in His gospel, and that you will trust God to gather a group of men around you to accompany you in this very real adventure.
About ABOB Boot Camp Events (BASIC and ADVANCED)
What is the Alamo Band of Brothers BASIC Boot Camp?
It is an event designed specifically to re-introduce men to the epic story and power of the Gospel which has largely been replaced by lesser messages of doctrine, duty and discipline. Our BASIC event helps men get freedom from the snares of religion and culture to find God again. It is a wakeup call to men who didn't know they were asleep. It is the crystal clear invitation from God to become the man you have always wanted to be, a man like Jesus, faithful and true. It's not religious and it's not full of false machismo. It's home.
What is the Alamo Band of Brothers ADVANCED Boot Camp?
ADVANCED Boot Camp is designed as the next level for men who have already attended a BASIC Boot Camp hosted by either the Alamo Band of Brothers or Ransomed Heart Ministries. ADVANCED will build on the great foundation laid at BASIC Boot Camp but it will go much deeper. Remember, no matter where you are with God, there is always, always more. Jesus tells us that apart from him there is no life. ADVANCED is for men determined to find that life on Jesus’ terms.
We strongly recommend that all participants have come through a BASIC Basic Boot Camp at least 6 months prior to attending or have attended multiple BASIC Boot Camps. Working through the Wild at Heart Field Manual is also an excellent preparatory exercise before attending ADVANCED.
What are the prerequisites for attending ABOB events?
You must be a man at least 18 years of age.
What can I do to prepare for an Alamo Band of Brothers event?
Pray, of course, and ask God to direct you in how to pray. God is willing to give in much greater measure than we’re often willing to ask. Our events are not designed to help you manage finances, be a better husband or lead people to Christ (though these may be great by-products). Our events are designed to awaken things in you that have too long been asleep. Ask to be awakened! One suggestion is to read “Wild at Heart” by author John Eldredge. It’s a great read and will certainly begin to stir your heart with longings and desires that have gone “underground”.
On the use of electronic devices:
For the benefit of everyone we implore and advise, challenge and invite you to turn off all electronic devices for the duration of the event. While it has become very popular to take notes on tablets, laptops and smartphones, they will be a distraction both to you and to the other men in attendance. The use of these devices as cameras is also super convenient, we understand. However, we have learned over the years that electronic devices are a distraction and have compromised the experience for the men who have been unable to observe this wise rule. Please pass the emergency number for the hosting facility on to loved ones before you leave, then tell your family and your boss (even if you are the boss) that you are taking time away with God. Then turn it all OFF. Thank you.
Will this event be physically demanding?
No! Don’t worry. Even though “boot camp” is in the name, this event won’t require any physical exertions that are out of the ordinary. Some optional activities will be available, if you choose, that may require higher physical exertion.
Can I bring my son/father with me to this event?
Due to the intimate and personal nature of the content, Alamo Band of Brothers events cannot be viewed as a father/son events. We strongly encourage fathers and sons to attend, but they will need to participate in different boot camps, at least for each of their first experiences in this retreat. Due to the nature and depth of the content and experience, men’s BASIC boot camp is not designed for youth. You must have completed high school or be at least 18 years of age to attend.
What do I need to bring?
Great question. Before listing the usual we highly recommend a comfortable camp chair. We suggest you use this as an excuse to go to REI and get a nice comfortable one. You'll be glad you did. Bring also clothes for any weather, Bible, pen, flashlight, toiletries and some footwear good for optional hiking will just about do it (and swimsuits for those not afraid of a rope swing into cold water). All bedding, snacks, meals and study materials are included. You may also want to bring a shotgun and shells for shooting skeet, or extra cash for optional recreational activities which will be announced at the retreat.
Can I select my roommate?
We’ll do our best to accommodate your requests. When you sign up list any others in your group. If you want you can save the bunk next to yours when you arrive. Ear plugs will be available to all. They work awesome!
Can I arrive late or leave the Event early?
Sorry, but no. This retreat is a journey and must be treated as such. To miss Thursday night, Sunday morning, or any portion of BASIC would compromise the work God intends to do in you. We’re all big boys. Arrive on time. If you cannot attend the retreat in its entirety we ask that you stay posted for the dates of the next Boot Camp and allow someone else to experience BASIC in its fullness.
About Registration for BASIC and ADVANCED Boot CampS
General Registration Information
Registration is open to the public to a limited number of participants on a first come-first served basis. Individuals may register online by clicking the link on the registration page. This will take you to a separate and secure registration website. Shortly after your credit card information has been processed you will receive a confirmation email. Before the retreat you will receive information that will be essential to prepare yourself for our mission together.
What does the registration fee for ABOB Boot Camp events cover?
Your registration fee covers all lodging, meals through breakfast on Sunday, tuition, and materials for the whole weekend. It does not include travel arrangements to and from the event.
Cancellation by Registrant
Full payment is required at the time your reservation is made for this event. You may cancel your registration and receive a refund of your registration fee up to 30 days prior to the date of the event; provided, however, you will be charged a $100 handling fee upon the cancellation of your registration. In the event that you cancel your registration less than 30 days prior to the date of the event, you will forfeit the entire registration fee. Regardless of when you cancel, your registration is not transferable to another event, date, or person. To cancel your registration, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I transfer my acceptance or registration to another person?
Sorry, but no. If you decide not to attend the event, your slot will be given to the first person on the waiting list.
Cancellation by Acts of God or the Alamo Band of Brothers
If the event is made impossible by any act of God, war, earthquake, fire, strike, sickness, accident, plague of locusts, epidemic, act of government, its agencies or officers, or any other legitimate cause beyond our control, we will cancel the event and refund your full registration fee to you.