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Thursday, February 2, 2012

No Man Should Walk Alone

A book of great wisdom asks, "If a man walks alone, who will help him get up WHEN he falls?" (Eccl 4:10). Too many men walk alone.  If it's just "you and God" then good for you....unless God was right when it was just Adam and Him...and He said something like, "Hmmm....this isn't man needs a mate - a partner!" We "barn brothers" readily acknowledge that a good wife is a GREAT thing.  We also know that we need brothers to walk with us, to fight with us, to get real with us, to call . Our friend author Gordon Dalbey says that "sometimes a man falls in - or jumps in - a hole too deep to get out of by himself."  Who will help him get out? Who will help him get out if no one knows he has fallen in?

Friday, December 30, 2011

"Trail Markers and Days In Between"

Friends and Allies,

Our hope is that you have enjoyed many hours of warm conversations, sharing of great meals, and much needed rest with family and friends during this season of the celebration of Jesus' birth! With the presents unwrapped and leftovers almost gone, many of us are turning our attention to opportunities, celebrations, and challenges. I've been feeling that "pull" to just get 2011 over with and start over with the New Year. However, I've also been sensing a "different pull" if you will, to enjoy this day...and not rush it!

Before we know it, we will be seeing Christmas decorations going back up (in October!) to gather again. Time goes by too fast and we miss the "days in between" the events, celebrations, vacations etc. We need Trail Markers in life. Markers that help us understand where we've been, and guide us on the journey ahead.

The more trail markers we can identify in life, the more sense we can make out of life.(the good and not so good) What will you do with your "Days in Between" Christmas and New Years"? What will you do with all of the "Days in Between" in the coming year? Will we get caught up in "living for the weekends", "can't wait til vacation", Paydays, retirement, graduations etc.etc.? What will your Trail Markers and Days Between look like? Where will they lead you into...or out of?

We are thankful, that for many years, one of our "Days in Between" has included Tuesday nights, and Saturday mornings at The Barn. So much has happened this year! Trail Markers for many men and their families have been created, and I believe that their "Days in Between" have more significance than they ever have for those that have been willing to engage and take risks! It's not always easy...but we know that engaging, staying the course and taking risk is So Worth It!

 If we put words to what has happened this year it would include many testimonies of many men that experienced an Awakening of their Hearts to More Life and More Freedom and More Intimacy in their walk and Calling with Jesus Christ. The wonderful outcome of this is men, marriages, families, and friendships on the adventurous journey of revelation, healing and restoration!

I'm thankful for the "Days in Between"!

Please do me a favor...please take a couple of minutes and watch the following video clip

After that please take a moment and read the attached Barn Newsletter.

Thank you for being a part of this! 
We anticipate hearing about your Journey!

Enjoy your "Trailmarkers of Life and the Days in Between"!
Kevin S. Casner

What’s God up to in a Barn?

In March of 2005, eight men began meeting  to do a “Wild at Heart” DVD series in the second story of a Barn” ten minutes south of Charlotte near Indian Land, SC…since then hundreds of men’s lives, and their families have been impacted! EVERY Tuesday night men gather from 15+ different churches, and some have no church.

“My marriage was blowing apart when a friend-who didn’t know about my marriage problems-invited me to come hang out with a bunch of men…in a barn! The encouragement and direction I have received from the ‘Barn Brothers’ has been crucial in our miraculous marital turnaround.” -32 year-old husband and father of two

Each week, we are humbled by these stories and testimonies of men experiencing  healing and restoration, as well as more of the Freedom and Life that Jesus came to give us all. (Luke 4:18) The lasting good fruit is spreading into their marriages, families & friendships!

We want men to quit taking the “Lone Ranger” approach to life and open their hearts to three of the most important biblical principles that Jesus intended for a man to understand and live by:

· The importance of walking with other men. Even the disciples were sent out in pairs to walk together.

· To realize they are not the only ones in the midst of their every-day battles, great and small.

· To discover their true identity as God’s beloved sons-sons called to fight-alongside of others, for their own hearts, marriages, families, communities, and churches.

We’re reaching out to friends and asking for a couple of crucial things:

1 – We need your prayers. We’re serious about this. This is a battle and the enemy greatly opposes what we do.  We need “cover”- seriously. We want God to continue to direct us in all our endeavors.  We get calls every week asking “How do you do this?” and we are looking to provide training for others that want to offer this.  We want to share what we’ve learned over the years to others. We currently have opportunities to start initiatives in Rock Hill and Huntersville. There are men driving 50+ miles ONE WAY to hang out with a bunch of men in a barn. Amazing things are happening and we feel God is calling us to expand but want to be sure we’re hearing Him clearly.  Your prayers can help support all this.

2 - We need financial support. We are involved in a number of things that require it…

·          Day-to-day ministry and outreach to the men that God brings across our path. It is our desire to help all men walk in the wholeness and freedom that we see happening within our groups regularly.

·          Monthly Rent/Utilities/Supplies at The Barn (the coolest meeting facility ever).

·          Providing scholarships for men to regional and national men’s events.

·          Initiatives in 2012 to include Father/Son & Daughter Outings and “Date Nights” and/or weekends with wives

·          We even have the ultimate vision of buying The Barn!                                                                                      

Many “Year End giving” request are being requested from many great ministries. We would ask you, our friends and allies, that if your life or the life of someone that you know has been impacted by what is taking place at The Barn, Please consider helping us as we plan for 2012!  The easiest way to give is through PayPal at Or you may fill out the form on the back and mail it into us. Thank You for coming alongside of us with your prayers, and monthly financial support, or any one-time gift that you may feel led to provide. We are all honored to be part of this, and sincerely thank you!

The Barn Brothers

"The Barn" is a 501c3 Participant member of Faith in the Family International.            Send Donations by mail to “The Barn”, PO Box 49341, Charlotte, NC 28277

Kevin Casner-, 704-309-7075

Haines Maxwell - 704-564-5928

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Fourth Fisherman - Tonight 6:45 p.m.

The Barn and CBMC thank Joe Kissack - The Fourth Fisherman - for being with us tonight.  Joe told us he doesn't preach or teach....just tells his story. He was a Hollywood-TV-executive-kinda-fella who had everything...he thought.  The driven life of performance eventually sent him in a downward spiral until he experienced a divine disruption....or two.  A big part of his journey involves his connection several years ago with three Mexican fisherman who were blown 5, 500+ miles from their fishing spot and endured nine months at sea in a very small boat with nothing but rainwater, raw sea animals...and faith. Joe has written a compelling book about this story that will be released in March 2012 and is destined to become an impactful movie.  Check out the short video below and keep up with Joe's journey at .

Thursday, October 20, 2011

It's Your Call Carolinas! Oct 7-9

"Your calling is to let the world experience the weight of your glory."  Thanks to Gary Barkalow for stirring us and helping us gain more clarity on the desires God has written on our hearts. A few favorite quotes from the weekend: "There is a vein of gold in everyone that the owner knows not of." - Jonathon Swift.  "Life is understood looking backward but must be lived looking forward." Coach Wooden - "Don't let what you can't do interfere with what you CAN do." "Most live in the 'If Only' in the "But Now..."  "Don't live apologetically...bring WHO YOU ARE."

It's Your Call Carolinas 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

"It's Your Call Carolina's", Calling Retreat with Gary Barkalow

Gary has been studying and speaking on the subject of calling for 25 years. He is the author of the book, “It’s Your Call”. Founder of The Noble Heart ministry, Gary’s mission is to help people recover their heart, walk with God, interpret their life, offer their glory, and persevere with joy, equipping people to interpret their life as God instructs them in the way chosen for them”. (Psa. 25:12)

Before starting The Noble Heart ministry, Gary was on the leadership team and a speaker with Ransomed Heart ministries for seven years. Prior to joining Ransomed Heart, Gary was with Focus on the Family for nine years; first as the Director of Legislative and Cultural Affairs and later as the Director of Staff Development. Preceding his employment with Focus on the Family, Gary served as Vice President of the athletic branch of Campus Crusade for Christ, Athletes in Action. During his fifteen years with Athletes in Action, Gary performed gymnastic demonstration around the world, started several other sports divisions and developed A.I.A. ministries in Africa.

Register Today for "It's Your Call Carolina's!"

Friday, July 22, 2011

Join God's Men in Rutherford County - August 13!

We're looking forward to connecting with men in Rutherford County Saturday Morning, August 13 at the Sunshine Community Center on Calton Dairy Road. Kevin Casner, Haines Maxwell and Dean Randall and will be challenging men to fight for their marriages, families, churches, communities and nation. Call Dean at 704-562-9876 for more info.    8:30 a.m. – coffee     9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – program. Lunch will be provided after the program, so feel free to stick around.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Father/Kid Night at The Barn was a great Time had by all!

Intense Game of Football on the "Barn Turf"
"You Barn dudes are AWESOME! My kids came home talking a mile a minute! Fishing, shooting guns, hot dogs, coke, chips (not particularly in that order!),and, the icing on the cake,"the devotional was awesome Mom!" That said by my son! He told me everything about it and what the message was. So, rock on! With or without napkins, fruit or a correct head count (like the women would "need)!" Quote from a "Barn Again" Mom!

"I was encouraged to see men actually making an effort to get together, connect, and get real about being men of God. It was equally encouraging to see men engaging with their children and allowing them to be a part of their journey. Preparing the hearts and minds of children for life's journey in God's calling for their lives is a high calling. Our culture and the church has really sucked at doing an adequate job of this. However, I am encouraged that there are men willing to make the effort to deal with their stuff so they can better help the kids deal with their own."...First Time Visitor who attended on Father/Kid Night

Friday, June 10, 2011

Father/Kid Night at The Barn this coming Tuesday June 14th! 6 p.m.

Children 5 years old and up are welcomed to join their dads, uncles, Big Brothers etc. for some fun and food at The Barn! Bring your own airsoft equipment (Please Bring Safety Gear, goggles, thick clothes, hats,etc) and/or come out for horseshoes, cornhole, camp fire, volley ball, fishing, target shooting, movie clips etc. etc, If you can bring any of the following it would be great!

  • Hotdogs
  • Bottled Water and/or soft drinks
  • Ice
  • Hotdog Buns
  • Smore  sticks and stuff for smores
  • Chips
  • napkins
Call Kevin 704-309 7075 or Haines 704-564-5928 for more info or questions.

There will also be some monitored extreme shooting sports. You may bring your own equipment , eye and ear protection.

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Cool June Stuff!

Date Night at The Barn.  Saturday, June 4 Bring your sweetie if you have one...if not, bring yourself. Saturday, June 4 from 5 p.m. til 8 p.m. - ish! Food will be provided. If couples can pitch in 5 or 10 bucks that would be a big help...if you're not able, come anyway. to register or email

Kid Night at The Barn - Tuesday, June 14  
6 p.m.     Barn dinner, games, fun stuff....bring a pack of weenies or other health food for the grill. Boys and girls of any age are welcome!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Zeb Gear at The Barn

Thanks to all of you that attended Zeb Gear's "Prepared to Go" presentation at The Barn this morning. We really believe that the information that Laura Kunzie shared is of the utmost importance. Please visit their website at . Additionally... Help support our mission at The Barn by using the code "Barn" on all of your online purchases from Zeb Gear. Whenever this is done, Zeb Gear has offered to donate a portion of  proceeds back to The Barn when this code is utilized!
You can add the Promo code in your shopping cart upon checking out. Please pass this information along!--REMEMBER The CODE! We have also added a direct link to Zeb Gears web site on our blog at

We hope to have Brian and Laura back to The Barn later this year to cover another segment of their training.

Monday, May 9, 2011

"Prepared to stay, Prepared to Go, Prepared to Serve".

"Prepared to stay, Prepared to Go, Prepared to Serve"..Our friends from Zebgear will be sharing some important information on disaster preparedness this Saturday, May 14th at The Barn from 8:45 until 12:30. This is for men and women. $30 per couple/$25 per single (Includes gift from Zebgear, 3 hour informational meeting , and lunch) We can take a maximum of 50 but we have to have your RSVP no later than Wednesday the 11th by midnite! email me or RSVP by Facebook..

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Fathered By God Intensive Starts This Tuesday at 7 PM

Last year we took 25 men through the Fathered By God 8 week DVD series by John Eldredge and his team at Ransomed Hearts Ministries. At the end of the 8 weeks we asked the participants their thoughts about the series. The most consistent response that we received, other than they loved it, was that "we could spend much more time on each of the stages...more than just one week...there is so much good stuff in there".

So...Starting this Tuesday...and going for as long as it might take, we're going go deeper into the six stages that a man goes through as he matures in life and faith. Come join us! we will be utilizing excerpts from the DVD series, and maybe throw in a great movie clip or two of our own each week....See You at The Barn!

Thank you for your donations to The Barn! You make it possible to for us to move forward in this weekly initiative to Awaken the Hearts of men, help them to Walk in their True Identity as a Child of the Most High King through an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, and for them to know their part in the Larger Story that God has called us to live in! All of this for More Life and More Freedom for our Marriages, Families, Friends and Communities.
Your Gifts to The Barn speak loudly to us..."I believe in what you are doing". We so need this....Thank You!

Also...TOP GUN is just 3 Weeks AWAY! Register now at the link to the right!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Things go better with Coke...Tuesday Night - February 22 7 p.m.

We are honored to have Bob Pettus join us on the 22nd to share his heart. After serving 12 years in the Human Resources role at Coca Cola Bottling Companies Consolidated, Bob was promoted to the newly created job of Executive Vice President and Assistant to the Chairman - where he served for 11 years before being elected as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors until retiring in 2007.  His business card simply says, "Wild Fish Catcher, Wild Bird Hunter, Wild Soul Seeker". You will be encouraged by hearing Bob's journey through great trials and God's even greater redemption.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sexual Stuff

Nate Larkins - former pastor - shares his story on the I Am Second website of struggling with the grip that sexual things had on his heart, on his life. His brilliarnt book, Samson and the Pirate Monks, has encouraged many men on their journey to freedom. Check out his story.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Tuesday Feb. 1 2011 at The Barn!

Thanks to Michael Thompson from for making the road trip from Durham and sharing his heart for men and for God. Michael and his team have helped many of us clarify  the battle, our calling and our place in the fight as God's men. After playing college basketball in Oklahoma, Michael ministered with Athletes in Action/Campus Crusade and has been leading the charge ministering to men around the region with Zoweh based in Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill for the past ten years.  ***Join a bunch of Barn Bros for the Top Gun event in March.

If you didn't get a copy at The Barn, be sure to check out Michael's book, Search and Rescue.  C.S. Lewis once said, "We search and search and search for life...and then we are found." Michael's book does a great job of addressing a cry many of us have expressed, "Where am I? What's going on?"

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tuesday, January 25th-ThePacific Part 10..With a very Special Guest! -7:00 sharp!

Next Tuesday we will be viewing the final episode of The Pacific, Part 10. As we have been watching this series, I've found myself holding my breath and overwhelmed at the intensity of the battle scenes...observing what these soldiers endured. In the midst of wave after wave of intense fighting, tragic loss and horrendous conditions, these soldiers resolved to move forward with the mission that they were chosen for.This was their story...and this is our story. I've seen many emotions stirred up in the men at The Barn during the viewing of this film, and during our breakout groups...but just like those soldiers fighting in The Pacific, we will resolve to move forward in our lives, taking back ground that our enemy has taken, and fight for each other and for those we love, not in our own strength but in the strength and with the leading of The Lord of Heavens Armies!
Our special guest this week will be Bill Smoaks father, Lee Smoak. He served in the U.S. Army's 124th Cavalry Regiment in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II and retired as a first lieutenant. A native of Orangeburg, S.C., he was drafted at 18 during his second year at The Citadel. On Feb. 2, 1945, his unit was ordered to take a mountaintop near LoiKang, Burma, away from the

Men PLEASE GET TO THE BARN AT, OR BEFORE 7:00 PM , GET YOUR COFFEE AND GET SETTLED IN SO THAT WE CAN GET STARTED BY 7:10...We want to give Mr.Smoak our undivided attention prior to seeing the last episode!   Your cooperation is appreciated

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Current Mission..."The Pacific" 10 part Series at The Barn

Hey Men, This Tuesday 1/11/11,  We continue with Part 7 of "The Pacific"! Come join the men at The Barn as we experience the journey of three Marines, Robert Leckie, Eugene Sledge, and John Basilone, as they served in World War II, in this 'Made for HBO'-10 part mini series- ! Each one of these is about an hour long. There will be plenty of time to break into our smaller "Companies" of men to hang out and discuss. The Video Will Start Rolling at 7:27 Sharp!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sons of Issachar Take the Island!

Nothing like men getting away from it all! Blessed to have a couple of days at Camp Canaan, an island in the Catawba River on the northern coast of Rock Hill, SC. Thanks to Eric for leading in worship and thanks to all the brothers who spent the weekend with us....lots of "heart" stuff...we believe God had something for each of us....that "thing" may be very clear (one brother said Sunday morning, "I'm a different man than I was three days ago") or it may be something that will show up on the journey days, weeks, or months ahead. Regardless of the depth of individual revelation, we all acknowledged that "as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." The Lone Ranger thing will not get us where God wants us to go.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

"The Barn"... How It All Started, Part II

Continued from Part I...

About a year before I started the meetings at The Barn I was at my church and had gone up to speak with one of the pastors. After a brief exchange he looked at me and asked, " when are you and your wife going to start a home group"? I had just returned from my second Boot Camp in Colorado. I told him that what I really was interested in was "ministry for men", and told him of some of my experiences with the Wild at Heart message. He responded with, " ain't that somethin,..well if you do it and it works, we'll get behind you!"
Looking back, I think that I left a little discouraged. What I was wanting, in my heart...and my flesh, was for him to validate what I was doing and help me to get a men's ministry going for the church!...I'm so thankful today that he didn't!

We cranked up at the Barn utilizing a DVD series that Ransomed Heart Ministries made available. Many that have read Wild at Heart don't realize that there is a DVD series. One brother who showed up at The Barn about 4 years ago had read the book several times, then after going through the series said it was a "2 x 4 experience" for a good way. He then went on to offer the series at his church several times...and is now an integral part of leadership at The Barn.

About 18 months after that conversation with my pastor, we were both leaving church one day and he asked, "Are you still meeting with those guys at The Barn?" I said that we were and he asked if I wanted to put out some fliers or brochures at the church. I responded "no, I don't think so"...this was because within the 8 guys that were meeting at The Barn, five different churches were represented. In consideration of those involved, I didn't think that it would be appropriate to make it a "one church" thing. Once again my pastor responded "ain't that somethin"! ...I believe that having multiple church's involved has helped to make the whole experience at The Barn more dynamic.

We had several meetings about what was going on at The Barn. He even got his interns to start reading Wild at Heart. My pastor was very supportive of what we were doing and gave me a couple of opportunities to be a part of the "men's outreach" that they were launching at the church. The men's outreach at the church evolved into a monthly meeting with a "speaker". The best part was when they would break up into small groups. where the men could share and build relationships.

I struggle personally with the way most churches approach "Men's Ministry". It turns into bringing in a "speaker", creating some type of service work, or having a worship night, mostly with little opportunity for the men to interact with each other. . All of these are great, but I have never seen where these get into the real issues that men are faced with these days. In regard to the issues that men face, I've heard pastors say "get over it" or stop doing that" etc. etc. If that really worked, I believe the fatherlessness, abandonment, divorce, addictions, and the lack of men participating in the church would be less of an epidemic than it is.

Over the last five and half years it's been amazing how men have "wound up" at The Barn. We've run in to groups of men in coffee shops looking to connect with others. Some have heard about it in casual conversations with friends, while others are sent to us from local Christian counseling. We've never really advertised or promoted The Barn formally...Guys just keep showing up...and more often than not, they keep coming back. About 8 months ago during a meeting at The Barn there were 19 men that represented 9 different church fellowships in attendance. I was wondering, "why do these guys show up here on Tuesdays"?...Maybe they are getting something that they can't get (or not offered) elsewhere.

Even though I know that "mens ministry" could be so much more than most make it, I'm thankful that God has given us this "mission" at The Barn. My hope is that we can be a resource for the entire body of Christ by continuing to offer a place where men can gather and experience More Life, Love and Freedom with Jesus Christ. As Jesus wanted His disciples to spend time with Him, we are intentional about creating an environment where men can experience God, receive healing and restoration in their hearts, and become the men, fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, and friends that God designed us to be!

We didn't start out to be a "ministry"...but "Ministry" is what happens... at The Barn

"The Barn"... How It All Started


In October of 2003, a great friend called me from Georgia to tell me about this thing that some of the men in his church were doing...some kind of "video series" from a book called "Wild at Heart".
He had never done anything like this before so I went and bought this book...

Before I continue, here's a little background...

I was raised in a denominational church where I had experienced "religion", but not so much of a "relationship" with Jesus Christ. After wandering for many years, I rededicated my life to Christ when I was 30 years old. This happened in a more charismatic church where I enjoyed some great teaching, awesome worship, new friends and ultimately met and married my wife.

During my years at this church, there was a series of meetings led by the senior pastor called "Real Men". I don't really recall much of the content of the series, but was excited about the idea of 200 +/- men gathering every week to fellowship, and build relationships. When the "series" was over the meetings were suppose to continue. Unfortunately without the senior pastors leading, the numbers diminished quickly...75, then 30, until it was about 7 or 8 of us that met every Wednesday night at a small home near the church...This was my first exposure to a "Band of Brothers", men coming together, warts and all, worshiping, telling was good.

Years later, at the age of 43, after reading "Wild at Heart" by John Eldredge, I realized how I had been "walking alone", in the midst of many acquaintances, fellow workers, and relationships that never got beyond the veneer of the the Heart. There was also the realization that too much of my "Christian walk" had been about looking the right way, saying the right things, and being a "nice guy" with a "sinful and deceitful heart". When the internal struggles of performing to standards that I couldn't maintain sent me into a tailspin that led to old habits and addictions resurfacing in my life, I really did not have an answer...I mean I did have the answer, I just didn't know I had it...

"Wild at Heart" helped me get back to God's word, and started revealing truths that made the bible come alive as it related to me personally. The concept of knowing that we are in a battle, and we shouldn't fight alone brought clarity to many aspects of my life.

In May 2004, I traveled to Buena Vista Colorado for my first Wild at Heart Boot Camp. Over 375 men, from all different backgrounds, ages 19 to 75 converged on a Young Life Camp in the Rocky Mountains for four days of "unplugging from the matrix of day to day life" to experience the most "non religious" Christian gathering that I have ever been a part of. Thought provoking messages presented in ways that I could understand. Time alone with God asking Him questions and writing down what I felt Him speaking to me in my journal. I experienced a Freedom and communion with God that I'd never experienced before in my life. It was a realization of what Jesus said of himself as to "why He came"in Luke 4, when He quoted Isaiah 61.

In March of 2005, after going back for another Boot Camp, and also experiencing this life changing message in a small group format locally...I knew that I wanted to share this with other men. So the first Wednesday in March, 8 men and myself, with a 27' TV, a make shift surround sound system, and open hearts, started meeting at "The Barn"! be continued

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Launching ""Roundtable of Fellowship (without the table) by The Fire

Greetings my Brothers,

I hope that this post finds you well, engaged,and knowing that you are Loved by an awesome Father in Heaven...

Last week we launched our 8 week journey in two different series at The Barn, "Fathered By God" and "Wild at Heart", based upon material from John Eldredge. I want to congratulate each of you for joining us on this expedition., and like most expeditions, the terrain will change frequently, and sometimes unexpectedly...rocky climbs with limited footing, rivers to cross, with what may seem like Class V rapids,as well as many opportunities to rest in yet to be discovered "Clefts of the Rock" that will offer shelter.

The awesome thing is that you are not on this journey alone...and that God is more committed to your success than you are!

I need to offer a few thoughts regarding the logistics of what will be happening during the next several weeks at The Barn.

We have twenty-five or so men signed up for "Fathered" by God", and about a dozen participating in the "Wild at Heart" series for the first time. One of the most important components of this series is the "breakout" time in the smaller groups.This is where you will get to know others, and they will get to know you. Because of the importance of these times we will close the "series" after this week, as well as not allow visitors, newcomers, those that are not committed to the 8 week series, etc. to come in and out of the small groups. This can be disruptive and can sabotage the whole series... With this said I want to put a couple of thoughts out there that will help us all to navigate over the next few weeks. With the number of men that we have participating, and the limited number of "breakout areas" that we have available, your cooperation is greatly appreciated!

* In The "Fathered by God" series there will be 4 Company's of men, ABLE, BRAVO, CHARLIE, & DOG. Those who have signed up have been pre-assigned to one of these. It will be important to stay with the same Company from week to week...There may be a time due to attendance that there are only 3 men in your group...that's OK! To make the most of the time that we have, we are trying to limit the size of each Company to 7 men.
* You may not be in the same group as the guy that you brought to The Barn, or came with...this is by design...It's OK!
* There will be a "facilitator" in each group who will be the guide. He is instructed to keep the conversations on the point of the series subject matter. He will also be sensitive to the Holy Spirit's leading and follow accordingly.
* If your Company finishes before others, please be courteous and minimize any chatter and traffic that could be disruptive- The "Roundtable (without the table) by the Fire Pit" will be the Rally point for conversations when your Company breaks for the evening. We will be setting up a table and coffee-maker out on The Porch to help minimize disruptions for the men who are still engaged with their Company.
* If the "Wild at Heart" Group has finished for the night, The "Living Room" is also available for a game of pool, Foosball, or fellowship.

I have made known my hope that anyone who has never been through the "Wild at Heart" series at least twice, be plugged into the series, or if you have been through WAH, jump into "Fathered by God"...these have been foundational to what's been happening at The Barn for over five years...It's what we do, and God has blessed it, and many men through it.
The Barn at its core is meant to be a place of refuge, a place of equipping and discipleship, and a place to connect with God, and other men. It's a place for us, as men to CHANGE!
The Barn has also been described as a place of "covering", to offer prayers, friendship, and support for those who are engaged in other initiatives and battles...we will continue to offer this "Covering"!...

For those who are unable to commit to this series, we are going to launch the"Roundtable of Fellowship(without the table) by The Fire"...This will also be available to all newcomers and visitors. My hope is to have a "Barn Alumni" (someone who has been engaged and participated in the WAH series) available for these, to help facilitate conversations, and answer any questions that may come up about "The Barn".

Regarding the "Roundtable" I offer the following...

The Round Table is King Arthur's famed table in the Arthurian legend, around which he and his Knights congregate. As its name suggests, it has no head, implying that everyone who sits there has equal status. The table was first described in 1155 by Wace, who relied on previous depictions of Arthur's fabulous retinue. The symbolism of the Round Table developed over time; by the close of the 12th century it had come to represent the chivalric order associated with Arthur's court.

If any of you have a spare "Camp Chair" that you'd like to bring to use, or donate for using around the fire...we'd appreciate it!

Because There is much to prepare fore on a weekly basis, we would appreciate some of you helping us by coming early and assist with setup, coffee, fire, etc.

Thank you to all of those of you who have supported The Barn in so many ways...financially, donating items that we use, setting up, etc. It is so helpful and encouraging to see you offer yourselves to take more ground in the lives of men (and through them their wives & families) for the Kingdom of God!

We also continue to ask for you prayers, manpower, as well as financial support as we endeavor to continue to facilitate these weekly gatherings at The Barn,

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

Strength and Honor

Kevin S. Casner

"Our freedom must never be about us and us alone. Freedom is the gift of serving others out of love. This is the freedom that only God can give"... McManus

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

What's up at The Barn?

We're pumped about a new video series, Fathered by God, that will begin Tuesday, September 21. We'll also be starting the Wild at Heart/Band of Brothers series for guys that have never been through that.

Surprises at the Barn. One of the pioneers of the Promise Keepers movement, Glenn Wagner, will be sharing his story tonight....join us! A few weeks back, we were surprised by the appearance of retired General Jerry Boykin, original member of Delta Force and leader of the Green Berets. "Wow" and "Thank you, General" is about all we can say. Just finished his book, Never Surrender..........excellent!

Wild at Heart Bootcamp in Colorado! Thumbs up to Bill D, David G, and new barn guy, Joel, on their trip to Bootcamp in Colorado....looking forward to hearing what God did there. Below are the words off the Ransomed Heart website from a fellow who just returned:

I almost didn't come to Boot Camp. Even after I made plane reservations. I was afraid to be with other men (intimidation). But I came anyway because I was chosen the first time I put my name in the lottery. I guess God did want me to go.

Before I came I knew that I had a very severe wound of shame. However, during my Friday session quiet time with God, He showed me a tree that was dead and withered. He said, "Son, you are not like that tree. You are like that tree over there. Tall, green, sturdy and strong."

God said, "Look around son. This is your adventure now. But with adventure comes battles. I will be with you during these battles."

I know the shame did not come from God or from me. It's not my fault. My heart has been, and will continue to be, restored. I have something to offer. I have something to give!

Projecting Hope Film Festival - FREE God-honoring movies....September 23-26 at Ayrsley Cinemas in Charlotte. for schedule. ALSO-all-day LIVE (and FREE) music on Saturday the 25th outside the theaters including our Barn brothers OTHERWOODS!

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis - Free eBook

The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis - Free eBook

The Abolition of Man web links:
The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis - Free eBook

The Abolition of Man - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Abolition of Man: C.S. Lewis: 9780060652944: The Abolition of Man (9780805420470): C. S. Lewis: Books

Thank you Dr. Barry L. of SES from the references at the SEMMR 2010.

Useful reference material as we study the Profile of a Man: Chest, Head and Belly.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Father/Son, Daughter time at The Barn

This Tuesday, August 17th, 6:30-8:30...we're gonna have some time for Fathers/Uncles? Big spend with their sons and daughters, or if their is a young warrior or princess in your life that you'd like to bring out, for some fun at The Barn...Come on!
We will have archery, volleyball,fooseball, pool, horseshoes, airsoft range etc..

for more info Call Kevin (704 309 7075) or Haines (704 564 5928)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Summer "Knights" at The Barn!

Summer "Knights” at the Barn with Al Woods
THIS Tuesday the 13th... Come join the Brethren at The Barn as our summer "Stories Series" continues. This week we welcome Al Woods to share his story, and his heart.

Please get there early for fellowship...then we start at 7:15!!

Al Woods is a 1981 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Growing up in Gray Georgia, he quickly became successful in basketball and later earned All-American status in high school and college. Al was selected to play for the U.S. Men's Olympic Basketball team, and after playing four years for Dean Smith at UNC- Chapel Hill, was the 4th overall pick selected in the 1st round of the 1984 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks. He went on to play professionally for the San Diego Clippers, the Seattle Supersonics and the Dallas Mavericks as well as in South America, Italy, and France.

Al is the 5th all time leading scorer at UNC-Chapel Hill. He set, and still holds, the individual record for the most points scored in an NCAA semi-final game, scorching Ralph Sampson and Virginia, with 39 points. “Of all of the UNC players I’ve seen”, said Woody Durham, the Tar Heels radio play-by-play announcer since 1971, “Al Wood was the very best shooter. Al has to be #1---His shot was so pure”.

As an accomplished athlete, Al played under some of the finest collegiate and NBA coaches, including five hall of fame coaches. He saw true leadership modeled and has demonstrated the gift of leadership in his own life.

Al is currently an ordained minister on the staff of Morningstar Ministries in Fort Mill, SC. He is also the Principal and Athletic Director of their K-12 private Christian school, Comenius School for Creative Leadership. He has a passion to train, equip and release world-changing young people with godly character who are well-rounded academically, physically and spiritually.

Al met his wife of 26 years, Robin, at UNC-Chapel Hill. They were married in 1984 and have four children. One son, AJ, who is a 2007 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, Martina, a 2010 UNC-Chapel Hill graduate and women’s basketball team member, Candace, a junior at UNC as well and also a women’s basketball team member and Carmen, a freshman entering UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall of 2010.

In his spare time, Al is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time with his family.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Summer "Knights" at The Barn with Perry Tuttle

Men, This Tuesday, June 22nd at 7:00PM!....Come Join us as Perry Tuttle shares "his story" with the brethren at "The Barn"!

Perry Tuttle was a first round draft pick in the 1982 NFL draft and played 10 years of pro ball (NFL & CFL). Perry will always be remembered for the game winning catch during the 1982 Orange Bowl that won Clemson a national championship. He remains the only Clemson athlete to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Perry is a member of the ... South Carolina Hall of Fame, Clemson Hall of Fame, Davidson County Hall of Fame & the Winnipeg Hall of Fame. Perry is a noted author, speaker, coach and currently works with Fortune Companies, pro athletes and is the Chaplain of the Charlotte Bobcats.

As a master storyteller, Perry's weekly teachings inspire small and large groups alike to escalate their personal goals. Corporate groups, sports teams, faith-based organizations, and non-profit organizations all benefit from his fresh perspective on how to identify and overcome barriers to maximize performance.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

There fell down many slain, because the war was of God." — 1 Chronicles 5:22

Morning and Evening

Warrior, fighting under the banner of the Lord Jesus, observe this verse with holy joy, for as it was in the days of old so is it now, if the war be of God the victory is sure. The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh could barely muster five and forty thousand fighting men, and yet in their war with the Hagarites, they slew "men, an hundred thousand," "for they cried to God in the battle, and He was entreated of them, because they put their trust in Him." The Lord saveth not by many nor by few; it is ours to go forth in Jehovah's name if we be but a handful of men, for the Lord of Hosts is with us for our Captain. They did not neglect buckler, and sword, and bow, neither did they place their trust in these weapons; we must use all fitting means, but our confidence must rest in the Lord alone, for He is the sword and the shield of His people. The great reason of their extraordinary success lay in the fact that "the war was of God." Beloved, in fighting with sin without and within, with error doctrinal or practical, with spiritual wickedness in high places or low places, with devils and the devil's allies, you are waging Jehovah's war, and unless He himself can be worsted, you need not fear defeat. Quail not before superior numbers, shrink not from difficulties or impossibilities, flinch not at wounds or death, smite with the two-edged sword of the Spirit, and the slain shall lie in heaps. The battle is the Lord's and He will deliver His enemies into our hands. With steadfast foot, strong hand, dauntless heart, and flaming zeal, rush to the conflict, and the hosts of evil shall fly like chaff before the gale. Stand up! stand up for Jesus!

To him that overcometh,

Monday, May 24, 2010

Summer "Knights" at The Barn! Starts 5/25/10

Hey Men...Join us Tuesday night as we will be sharing "stories of the journey" Pick up a sandwich and bring it on out early for fellowship (6:15ish), then we will start at 7:00!....Did I say 7:00???

Happy Memorial Day!

Check out this great article by Gordon Dalbey!!

Questions? Call Kevin, 704-309-7075, or Haines 704-564-5928!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Neat Stuff Coming Up!

While men gather EVERY Tuesday night, there are "special" events during the year as well. Two are coming up:

Saturday, May 1, 2010 - 8:30 a.m. - noon
A great morning at Cornerstone Ranch ( near York, SC. If you have a son, bring him. If not, bring yourself. Hosted by former NFL guy, Mark Rodenhauser, we'll be making "doughboys", two-man sawing, roping, tomahawk throwing, and other activities. Great time to connect. FIVE bucks per mouth will help the cause. Will be a blast. Highly professional video production of the last time we went down there - COMING? email to confirm.

Friday/Saturday, May 14/15 - A quickie campout thing Friday/Saturday-done-at-noon at A Place For the Heart near Greensboro. FREE! (offering will be available). Bring a Tent. Bring a son, if you have one...recommended 12 and older. Woodstock meets Jesus with Pancakes. Check out the website for more info.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Journey into The Heart

If we are really going to help men. And through them
their families, their loved ones, and the world, three things have to happen.

First… a man has to get his own heart back. Without that he isn’t going to make it.

Second… he has to find his place in the battle. God has a
call on every man’s life,...
and nothing seems to fit until we find the role we were meant for.

Third… we have to teach him how to fight.

This Tuesday, 7:00 PM Start time! at The Barn, we
will launch an "Intensive Journey into The Heart"! This is going to be a smaller "platoon' of men than what we have had the last couple of times doing the "Wild at Heart" series. It will be smaller, and more intentional.

This is for those who have not been through the series and have been participating at The Barn...It's also for some of you who have intended on doing the entire series but have missed 2 or more weeks during the series...You need to do this. There will also be a limited number of slots for those who have completed the series, but want to go perhaps be a "platoon leader".

This is The Mission of The Barn. "Walking with God & other Men" to provide...
a) an awakening of the Heart,( Boot Camp)
b) Restoration of Wounds (Triage)
c) equipping and training

Please notice that "Nursing Home" is not
mentioned above...

We are after Irreversible change! This will require risk, honesty with yourself and others, and a willingness to participate & persevere "throughout" this journey

There will be additional training taking place on the "living room" side of The Barn for those that will not be joining us on this is limited.

See you at 1900 hours sharp!

Strength and Honor,

Kevin S. Casner

Monday, February 8, 2010

Tuesday Night at The Barn...

Tuesday Night at "The Barn"....7:00 Start time-get there early for fellowship- we will begin a "ramp up of the Wild at Heart Intensive" that starts next Tuesday the 16th. We have 7 slots left for this 8 week series...if you have been attending The Barn and have not been through the series, this is the time!...See you ...Tuesday...get back to me if you want to take one of the available slots!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

EVERY Tuesday Night - the Hits keep coming!

Join us...bring a friend. We're halfway through the Band of Brothers HBO series on the BIG BARN SCREEN. 7 p.m. Someone recently asked, "What were 30 men doing in a barn in twenty degree weather!" You'll have to come find out yourself. (Note: The barn has heat). Speaking of heat, some smokin' post-barn prayer has been reported going on around the woodstove.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tonight at The Barn "Crossroads"

Tonight at The Barn, Part 5, "Crossroads"- A new operation is being planned, Operation Pegasus: Easy Company will rescue members of Britain's Red Devils group who were trapped behind enemy lines after the failure of Operation Market Garden. Come join us tonight at Lieutenant Winters begins to recount a battle which took place at an unidentified crossroads in Holland....After which He is promoted to captain and is no longer in command of Easy...

The Band of Brothers Series will continue every Tuesday night at The Barn from 7-9 p.m. through the month of January...and perhaps beyond!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Part 4 "Replacements"

Tuesday Night....Part 4 "Replacements"...reinforcements Join Easy Company as they Join the largest Allied invasion in history, "Operation Market Garden"...This historical jump takes place on September 17, 1944. Eindhoven Holland, is liberated...but is the reconnaissance that this mission depends on accurate? How do the men of "Easy" react to the "new guys"? Can the "new guys" become part of "Easy Company"...Come join us at 7:00 PM and find out!....By the way..."New Guys" are welcomed! We welcome reinforcements at The Barn!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Band of Brothers - The Journey Continues

Follow Easy Company through the HBO Series on the Big Barn Screen. Tuesday nights, December 15, 22, 29. 7-9 p.m. Pre-barn meal at Showmars - corner of 521 and 160. Join us. Bring a buddy.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tonight at The Barn

Part Three....Band of Brothers "Carentan"

Muster up all that you have within you as we join the men of Easy Company as they attempt to take the town of Carentan

See you at 7:00

Monday, November 30, 2009

Tuesday December The Barn

Tuesday Night at The Barn...Part 2, of Band of Brothers..."Day of Days"...Join us as we launch at 19:00 hours...with Dick Winters and the Men of Easy Company, 506th PIR

Bring a Brother!

See you There!

The Barn Brigade

Friends, Fellowship, Family, Fire & Food! The Barn!

THIS COMING SATURDAY EVENING, December 5th,at The Barn,…Family, Fellowship, Fire, and Food!
6:33 PM until the Fire burns out!

We will be providing Chili …and Hotdogs for the kids
Please RSVP to and/or Scarlett at 704-622-9933 by Thursday December 3rd, so that we can coordinate who is bringing what…

Other ideas for you to bring…·
  • Your favorite cornbread·
  • Salad·
  • Buns/condiments·
  • Chips·
  • Drinks·
  • Dessert…maybe material for some “smores”

If you don’t have time to prepare or bring anything we will have a basket for some monetary contributions.
If you don’t have a few dollars to contribute and want to come, we’d love to have you!

Please RSVP to me at by Thursday December 3rd!
Feel free to pass this along to anyone that you are in community with.

We hope to see you there!

The Barn Brigade

Kevin S. Casner

Monday, October 12, 2009

Mo Barn Stuff!

Saturday Night, Nov 7 ~ Date Night at the Barn! Yes, the women-folk have a chance to check out the barn. Dessert, fellowship, music....6:30-8:30 p.m. was a blast...thanks to Otherwoods, the Official Barn Band, for sharing some great music and worship with us. Some serious dessert was consumed from awesome cobbler to HACs (Homemade Almond Cookies) to a variety of items that resulted from collaboration with Barn Men and Mr. Teeter.

Tuesday, October 13 ~ Starting series on Fathered by God...inspired by new John Eldredge book, Kyle Kirchhoff leads the way for us.

Tuesday, October 20 ~ Father and Kid Night...sons, daughters, men with or without kids....come play and fellowship. School night hours - 5 p.m. til 7 p.m. - bring something to eat...napkins not allowed.

Tuesday, October 27 - Tuesday Nov 3-10-17~ Continue on with Fathered by God....fasten your seatbelt for the next several Tuesdays.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Oct 2-3 Retreat Update...AWESOME!

Are we like the Sons of Issachar?
The Sons of Issachar (one of the twelve tribes of Israel), were known as Warriors who “understood the times and knew what to do.” 1 Chronicles 12:32

WOW....what a great weekend!

Fresh Video from Event! Jelu Jumps!
Men from numerous churches and foxholes spent some time together away from the rat race. Wrestling with who God has called us to be, what it means to walk in our true strength, our true identity.

THANKS to Tiffany, Kim, Nick, Clay and the others from Camp Canaan for serving us well.

Friday, October 2 – Saturday, October 3, 2009
Camp Canaan, Rock Hill, SC

Friday, October 2
3 p.m. Early check-in
6:30 Dinner
8:00 Rally the Troops -Light the Bonfire & a few Christian cigars

Saturday, October 3
8 a.m. til 9 p.m. Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner – Couple of Sessions/Small Group Breakouts- Free Time/Play Time-Break Camp at 9 p.m. Staying over Saturday night might be an option.

Includes Friday night accommodation, Friday dinner and three meals Saturday. Bunk House Option – 49.00 Bring-My-Own-Tent Option – 36.00 Hit with "Count Me In" if you want to reserve a spot. Specifiy Bunk or Tent. We'll squeeze you for the dough later. We appreciate any donations for the scholarship fund.

Check out Camp Canaan at

Saturday, September 26, 2009 the Barn?

On rare occasion, brave women venture out to The Barn - the Ultimate Man Cave. One such occasion is Wednesday night, October 7th, hosted by the women of the Charlotte Christian Chamber. 5:30-ish til 7:30-ish. Casual or business attire (remember, it really is a barn). 8900 Collins Road, Indian Land, SC. About ten minutes south of Ballantyne down Johnston Road/Hwy 521. No agenda, just fellowship. Bring an appetizer dish if you wish. with questions or comments.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Rock the Barn Night - Tuesday, Sept 15

The Challenge: "If you have an instrument, bring it!"

Certain to be memorable, we will have a great evening of hanging out, fellowship and worship from 7 p.m. til 9 p.m. As an encouragement to all, Hmax and R.D. Eckard have volunteered to lead off the worship portion of the evening in order to give courage to the musically-challenged. Join us. Note: Barn hymnals will be available.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Welcome Christian Chamber Guys!

This Wednesday, September 9th, men from the Charlotte Christian Chamber will have the opportunity to be BARN AGAIN! That's right, brethren, come check out what God's been doing in the second story of a barn for the past four years. Bring a friend. Starts at 7 p.m. and will finish by 9 p.m.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Young Warrior Night - Tuesday, August 18 - 6:30 p.m.

WE DID IT! Men brought sons, neighbors, nephews.... a great time was had by all...serious pizza consumption, some touch football (injury report: hamstring, achilles), and a variety of other manly activities. More pics and video on Facebook - "The Barn." Check out the Youtube video.

Second Annual Fourth of July Extravaganza

Second Annual Fourth of July Extravaganza
Thanks to Everyone came...It was a Blast