The Intensive 2013 – Details on How to Apply


A Rare Event. A Rare Opportunity. A Rare Fellowship of Men.

This is an exclusive gathering of world changing peers.

In the company of wise, older men who have taken the ancient path.

Men who are out in front.

Men saying, “come along”.

Over a decade in the making, the Intensive is designed for younger, world-changing men to have a chance to go deeper with the help and partnership of a selected group of older, seasoned, men of substance.

This Intensive is targeted for men with world-changing DNA who are in their late twenties, thirties, or early forties. Men who are married and who have children, or who are moving in that direction. Men who are “kings in training.” As John teaches in Fathered by God, men who are moving through the cowboy and warrior stages, moving toward their kingly roles.

It is designed for men who walk with God, have attended at least one Wild at Heart Boot Camp in Colorado, and walk in the ministry and message of Ransomed Heart.

It is designed for men who have suffered enough to know that they don’t have all the answers. Men who would give a great deal to sit at the feet of older, wiser, men who have walked with God for decades more and have learned some wisdom along the way.

It is a four-day intensive where participants will have the rare opportunity to glean from the wisdom of seasoned and substantial older men drawn from the Ransomed Heart fellowship. Together, we will pull back 50 yards from the front lines, bandage our wounds and wrestle with the deepest questions and hopes of the masculine journey. We will dive deep into our stories and the stories of other men, and we will encounter the Father like never before.

This event is prayerfully open to roughly 40 men who fit the demographic described above.

If you fit this target demographic, applications will be accepted beginning October 24th, 2012. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  Notifications to those accepted will begin in early January 2013 and continue until all spots have been filled.  All applicants will be notified by March 6th, 2013. If you do not hear from us by then, please contact us.

A few important details:

  • A completed application must be received for us to prayerfully consider your participation. Up to three personal references of your choosing are optional but encouraged, as part of the application process.
  • Alongside the selected sages, this event is going to be facilitated by Morgan Snyder, Bart Hansen, Craig McConnell and some other men from the Ransomed Heart Team. John Eldredge will not be participating in this event.
  • The tuition for this event is $475. It includes all on-site expenses but does NOT include transportation to and from the event.
  • The event will begin Thursday, May 30th at 4:00 PM and conclude on Sunday, June 2nd at 1:00 PM.  By applying, you are agreeing to be present for the entire event. Applications will only be considered for men that can attend from start to finish.
  • The event will take place at Bear Trap Ranch, just outside of Colorado Springs. The property has an intriguing and holy story. It is sacred ground set in the wilderness of Colorado.
  • If you have questions, please let us know by emailing


To taste the impact of this event, here are some words from men who attended last years Intensive.


“I’ve made a 180 degree shift in my life since The Intensive.  I am engaged, firing on all cylinders. I am dropping my pencil at 5 in my work world.  I am fully present to my wife and my children like never before. Thank you!” – Matt


“I came an orphan, haunted by the orphan spirit. Now I leave as a son.  To every question I asked of God this weekend, the clear answer was “Be a Son”. That’s it. And its everything I need.” – Tim


“So many questions answered, twice as many discovered. The father gave me permission to be young again. Step back into life. Live not strive.” – Blake


“I would have made the whole trip just for the last 20 minutes shared with the facilitators. Thank you for bringing us these men, their stories, their wisdom, and their hearts.” – Aaron


“My heart now believes what my head was already aware of, that I am a good man, that my Father loves me, and it isn’t up to me to make life work –  particularly at this season of life more than any other” – Joel


“picked up the girls at the airport late after my return and was greeted with a crying wife and very over tired baby girl.  the enemy was right there to say, ‘forgot everything you just went through b/c you’re back in the mix now…’  i quickly recognized it. in the past i probably would have caved and said, ‘wtf?  fresh off an incredible time with God and men and instantly back into chaos etc etc…’  instead of buying the lie i was able to take a deep breath and offer genuine strength to my wife.  within 15 min all was great and has been all week.  there’s no question in my mind that this strength was directly from some things picked up at intensive that really went deep in my heart!  thank you and thank God!!!” – Rick


“For me, there weren’t fireworks of transformation, but deep, lasting, and indelible movements in my heart and soul.  Something shifted deeply inside of me.  I was moved by the honor to be a part of this gathering, and moved to be in the presence of so many Oaks of Righteousness.  This weekend was a paradigm-shift for me.” – John 


Click here to apply.


Strength and Honor,

Morgan, Bart and Craig

for the Wild at Heart Team

Fallen Kings, Fallen Kingdoms


It’s nearly a pandemic; fallen kings and fallen kingdoms.


Elliot Spitzer’s fall was the first story that crushed me years ago. I had so much esteem for him; he was a modern day Teddy Roosevelt, going after the Big Brothers of Insurance conglomerates and Wall Street Tycoons and standing up for the rights of the small business person and average citizen.  I remember reading about his courage in the face of the political machine and telling my wife how much he inspired me.

Next he took on the underbelly playboy world of the rich and powerful by challenging the economy of high level prostitution, determining to disentangle a bit of the unholy trinity of power, sex and money and its influence in New York politics. Then it came out; he was actually deeply participating in the very underbelly economy and culture that he was publicly trying to obliterate.  And his world blew up.

Next it was Tiger Woods.  I drove past this bulletin board just weeks before the big scandal.  I read it with admiration, and even longing…

Tiger was a role model to so many…. he has won 74 PGA Tour events, 14 majors and is the only golfer ever to win all 4 major championships in a row.


Then he drives his SUV into a fire hydrant in the middle of the night.  And the truth hits the headlines with as much hydraulic pressure as that busted fire hydrant: affairs, call girls for 50k a trick.  Another sandcastle comes tumbling down.

“What are you made of?”  that bill board read. I wonder if Tiger paused to actually consider that question when he was making the ad.

Bernard L. Madoff (R) leaves US Federal

How about Bernie Madoff and the big Ponzi scheme?  It is estimated that the wealth of an entire generation of the global Jewish population evaporated from the earth through the greed and deception of one man.  Let that sink in for a moment; imagine what that did to the hearts of the victims and their communities and families.

It continues on and on with each day’s headlines. There was Ted Haggard – arguably one of the most influential leaders in American Christianity.  I remember I was on a treadmill in a hotel in Australia when I saw the news: illegal drugs, illicit sex with male prostitutes and an entire secret life.

Most recently, Joe Paterno. 46 seasons as head coach. 5 undefeated seasons. One of the winningest coach of all times.

Edmund Burke captured it well.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”.


Overnight his legacy was turned upside down:  he went from being one of the winningest coaches in college football history to the man who did nothing when he could have prevented countless instances of sexual abuse.

In a conversation over a cigar, John (Eldredge) posed this question to me over a half a decade ago:

“Look at the men in their 40s, 50s, 60s whose lives are so much less than they could have been.  Ask yourself this question: what took them out?”

Dallas Willard suggests this:

“The primary work of God is finding men in whom he can entrust his power. And the story of most men is being entrusted with power and it bringing harm to themselves and those in there care.”

Good men.  Broken men.  Men not yet whole and holy.  Leading kingdoms, companies, communities, teams, churches.  Wielding power and influence.  Only to have it all come crumbling down under their watch because the structure of their inner-life could not maintain integrity under the profound weight of the power entrusted to them.


I don’t want to be next. But what will make my story different? What will make my story different when I am 40, 50, 60 and beyond?  What makes my story different today?


Jesus says “narrow is the road the leads to life but wide is the road that leads to death.” (Matthew 7)

I wonder on any given day which road I am traveling. Jesus says that few will find the narrow road. How will we be among them? What are the crossroads? What are the questions that define the choice, hourly, daily and yearly, between the narrow road and the wide road?

This has been my prayer:

“Father, make me holy before you make me powerful.”

And yet daily I feel the pull, the seduction of seeking more power and influence now. I see the professional skyscrapers of my peers rising on my left and my right, so many of my peers building.

I confess that I often look upon them with envy and longing, because all I can see on my own land are excavators, digging, digging, digging…

Jesus, forgive my unbelief.

Father, I confess I am an unfinished man.  “Under Construction” is the banner over my domain.  I agree with you, Father. I give you permission and access to continue excavating and digging until you hit solid ground.  I give you permission to rebuild me, slowly but surely, one shovel of good soil at a time.  I want to be a good king some day, Father, not a fallen king of a fallen kingdom.

So I pray it again: Make me holy before you make me powerful.  I want to become the man who can be entrusted with your intentions, hopes and dreams… Have your way, Father, have your way. Amen.

Victory Over the Darkness

Spiritual Warfare 101 at its best. Anderson walks verse by verse through a Biblical worldview of the supernatural.

The following is the description from Amazon:

Ten years ago a breakthrough book launched a ministry that has helped more than one million people overcome this world and win the battle for their hearts and minds. Now Neil Anderson has revised and expanded Victory over the Darkness for a new generation of readers, outlining practical and more productive ways to Christian growth based on Christ’s promise, You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. Victory Over the Darkness emphasizes the importance of believing and internalizing the cardinal truths of Scripture as a base from which to renew the mind and fend off the attempts of Satan to convince us that we are less than Christ empowers us to be.