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“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Deut 6:4

What is the desire of your heart? You were not meant to live a life of mild conformity. “The spiritual life cannot be made suburban. It is always frontier, and we who live in it must accept and even rejoice that it remains untamed.” Howard Macey


The Montana Intensive Program is a world-class experience where men will be challenged like men and will be treated like men.

You are being invited on a journey into the wild, into a story that is bigger than you. Are you ready to reconstruct your view of God, to uncover your place in His story, and to vigorously choose the narrow path in the wilds of Montana? His Kingdom is waiting for such men. And this world is desperate for them.


The Mission of Tend the Fire Ministries is to affect LASTING CHANGE in men; to help men reset their priorities based on the Master’s leading, and to help them assume their role as the spiritual leader of their homes in a Godly, Biblical way.

The foundation of Tend the Fire is the IRNMN group. A unique, small group dynamic that allows men to sharpen each other spiritually, as iron sharpens iron. The growth from these groups is sustained and constant. But, we’ve also seen through our own lives and through personal testimonies that God places challenges in our lives in the form of discomfort, pain, and sometimes straightforward crisis. And while no man desires to go through this fire, we know that God uses this to ACCELERATE his growth and change.

“…And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Rom 5:2-5

Just look at the stories in the Bible; from Abraham, to David, to Paul. God used crisis to force these men to realize they did not control what they thought they did. Crisis brings a man to his knees in surrender, provides clarity about his priorities and how he is living out his faith, or not. It breaks a man. In crisis, he realizes that his story is a small one. In crisis, a man’s heart is revealed.

And that’s what the Montana Intensive is about. To be clear, it isn’t about crisis, but finding the heart of a man, getting him away…to create reliance…to bring him to his knees in worship and in wonder in His presence…and to show him a bigger story, His story.
“For if you are going to know who you truly are as a man, if you are going to find a life worth living, if you are going to love a woman deeply and not pass on your confusion to your children, you simply must get your heart back. You must head up into the high country of the soul, into the wild and uncharted regions and track down that elusive prey.” John Eldredge

And so we will take men out; out to the mountains, to the rivers, to walk where God walks. Not a retreat center in the mountains, just the mountains. A tent, a fire, and millions of acres of wild; in the hopes of causing real, lasting change in a man; to reorient and sharpen him; to disciple and foster lifelong brotherhood. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Prov 17:17

“You must ask God what he thinks of you, and you must stay with the question until you have an answer.” John Eldredge

Ask the question and come find the answer. Join us in Montana for an experience that will change your life.

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