The Off the Grid Project was created for the purpose of providing outdoor programs for Pastoral staff to disconnect, be refreshed and build relationships with people that have a common purpose. The “Off the Grid Project” is different than most pastoral conferences or conventions. Our focus is to help Pastors break away from the demands and stress of their ministries. To have the time to reflect and evaluate their personal lives and ministry. Our desire is that each Pastor will return with clarity, eagerness, and refreshment to further the Kingdom of God. Mark 6:31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

Dates for “Off the Grid Project”

August 9-11, 2021 – Pastor’s Fly Fishing Trip
August 23-25, 2021 – Pastors’ Backpacking Trip
September 10-12, 2021 – Pastor & Son Backpacking Trip
October 18-20, 2021 – Pastors’ Backpacking Trip

Pastor’s Fly Fishing Trip – August 9-11, 2021

Experience the wild streams and rivers of East Tennessee in a three-day two-night adventure. With our base camp at Triple Creek Campground, you will spend several hours each day in three different streams and river. Cosby Creek, Little Pigeon, and the Pigeon River. You will start your adventure at Carson Springs Conference Center for one night stay and breakfast the next morning. After breakfast we will spend time learning fly tying to use on your trip. Then we will travel to Triple Creek where our base camp will be set up for us. From there lunch and on to the river. During your trip you will experience delicious meals each day prepared at our campsite. Large tents will be provided to give you good night’s rest. Shower houses are available at the campsite. Only thing you need to bring is your rod, license, and toiletries. You will be able to hone your skills or learn for the first time the art of Fly Fishing. Your experience will allow you to get away from the busyness of your ministry in quiet and tranquil surroundings. You also will be able to interact with like-minded pastors from across the state.

Cost $185 This includes 8 meals, transportation, one night Lodging at Carson Springs, and two nights lodging at the campground.

For more information, call 423-623-2764 or email kperrigan@tnbaptist.org.

Pastors’ Backpacking Trip – August 23-25, 2021

Experience a three-day, two-night backpacking trip on the Appalachian trail. You will experience approximately 5 miles each day of the seclusion of the backcountry of the Cherokee and Pisgah National Forest. We will begin our journey on the Appalachian Trail on Walnut Mountain trail head at 4187 ft. Our first night we will stay on a ridge at 4,000 ft. This campsite is under a full canopy of tree that will give you the experience of camping in the backcountry. Day two we hike to Max Patch. You will spend the night under the stars at 4,616 ft with a 360-degree view of the Appalachian Mountains. You will wake to a breath-taking view that you can see God’s fingerprint in His creation. We will end our trip at Browns Gap Road at 4300 ft. During this trip you will experience 3 days of beautiful scenery, no cell phones and good fellowship with like-minded Pastors.

Cost $75. This includes one night in the conference center, breakfast Monday morning and transportation to and from trail.

For more information, call 423-623-2764 or email kperrigan@tnbaptist.org.

Pastor/Son Backpacking Trip – September 10-12, 2021

Get away to spend time with your son in an outdoor setting. Fathers and sons will have a unique bonding time as they spend three days camping, cooking and hiking in the backcountry of East Tennessee. Experience a three-day, two-night backpacking on the Appalachian trail. You will experience 5 miles each day of the seclusion of the backcountry of the Cherokee and Pisgah National Forest. We will begin our journey on the Appalachian Trail on Green Corner Rd just off of I40. Our first night we will stay on Snowbird Mountain at 4249 ft. Snowbird is a open bald mountain top with a spectacular view of the night sky. Day two we hike to Browns Gap at 3500 ft. This campsite is under a full canopy of tree that will give you the experience of camping in the backcountry. We will end our trip with a 360-degree view of the Appalachian Mountains on Max Patch. At 4,629 ft in elevation, you will experience breath-taking views that you can see God’s fingerprint in His creation. During this trip you will experience 3 days of beautiful scenery, no cell phones and good fellowship with other fathers and sons.

Cost $150, per father/son. This includes one night in the conference center, breakfast Monday morning and transportation to and from trail.

For more information, call 423-623-2764 or email kperrigan@tnbaptist.org.

Pastor’s Backpacking Trip – October 18-20, 2021

Experience a three-day, two-night backpacking trip on the Appalachian trail. You will experience approximately 5 miles each day of the seclusion of the backcountry of the Cherokee and Pisgah National Forest. The month of October makes this trip very unique because of the brightly changing colored leaves during the Fall season. We will begin our journey on the Appalachian Trail on Walnut Mountain trail head at 4187 ft. Our first night we will stay on a ridge at 4,000 ft. This campsite is under a full canopy of tree that will give you the experience of camping in the backcountry. Day two we hike to Max Patch. You will spend the night under the stars at 4,616 ft with a 360-degree view of the Appalachian Mountains. You will wake to a breath-taking view that you can see God’s fingerprint in His creation. We will end our trip at Browns Gap Road at 4300 ft. During this trip you will experience 3 days of beautiful scenery, no cell phones and good fellowship with like-minded Pastors.

Cost $75. This includes one night in the conference center, breakfast Monday morning and transportation to and from trail.

For more information, call 423-623-2764 or email kperrigan@tnbaptist.org.

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