High School Ironman Trip

Join us for Ironman 2020! We are headed back to California for the 23rd year and it’s going to be an awesome week of adventures to know Jesus and each other more deeply. We call this week Ironman, not because we complete an actual Ironman, but we strive to make it a week of challenging and sharpening one another in our faith. As Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

It’s going to be a great week packed with teaching and worship, playing on the beach, spending time in small groups, hanging out at the pool, eating In-n-Out, and learning what it means for Jesus to be our source in all things! We can’t wait for a week in Cali with you all!


March 20-26, 2020

Leave from the Erie campus at 7pm.
Drive to California on a charter bus overnight.
Arrive home around 4pm.


65 WNT high school students / 15-20 adult leaders from Calvary


Option to do a $150 deposit at signup and then pay the balance of $250 the week of the trip.


Refund Policy

The deposit amount is non-refundable for all registrations

The deposit amount for Ironman is $150
Any remaining balance will be charged to the card on file two weeks before the trip

Refunds, excluding the deposit, are available until 2 weeks before the trip
No refunds will be issued within 2 weeks of the trip


Each year we have a few things we ask students to do in order to prepare their hearts for the growth that takes place on this trip. 

1. Memorize Colossians 3:1-10

Scripture memory is an incredible way to internalize the words of the Bible. If God has expressed his heart and will for us and the world in the words of the Bible, then memorizing significant passages is an opportunity to be able to remember and experience those truths moment by moment – even when we don’t have our Bibles open in front of us.

Before we leave on the Ironman trip, each student needs to memorize Colossians 3:1-10. You can memorize this in whichever translation you choose – we recommend ESV or NIV – and you are welcome to use scripture memory apps like Verse or Scripture Typer to help you with memorizing. We realize that some people will accomplish this easily and others will struggle. If you struggle to memorize word for word, please feel free to work on memorizing the content and concepts of each verse. Each person will need to quote the scripture or talk through the concepts with a leader before we leave on the Ironman trip.

2. One Week Media Fast

“Fasting is a willing abstinence from food for a period of time. It is one of the most abused and least used of all the practices of Jesus. Yet for millennia, it was a core practice of apprenticeship. We live in a culture not only of food, but of excess, luxury, and addiction. For so many of us, the desires of our body have come to hold power over us. In the battle with our “flesh,” we have become its slave, not its master.” – Practicing the Way

One of the most powerful desires and distractions in this age is our consumption of media. As a community, we are going to take one week (seven consecutive days of your choice) leading up to the Ironman trip to refrain from in-taking any form of media that has been distracting us from living our daily lives with an awareness of God’s presence and purposes for us. We are challenging you to give up all kinds of digital media – social media like Instagram, YouTube and Tik-Tok, all video games, and all forms of TV or video streaming. We get that you will need to use your phones to communicate, and you might have to watch video content for classes, but the general goal will be to give up our consumption of media as a filler, distraction, and form of entertainment. Our goal with this is to take the time we tend to consume media, and instead to redirect our focus on Jesus, and take that time to spend with him.

3. Two Weeks of Time with God

As we prepare to go on Ironman, we are asking everyone to take two weeks of your choice to spend in intentional time with God through engaging in daily prayer and scripture reading. If this is already a rhythm in your life – awesome, if not we are excited for you to experience this! Each day for two weeks you will follow the process outlined below by writing down your thoughts in a notebook or journal. Each day you will do the same process with a different passage of scripture listed in order below – at the end of the two weeks you will have worked through the book of Colossians! Before we leave on the Ironman trip, just show your completed journal to a leader! Here is the process:

Spend a few minutes in silent preparation for your time with God. Just breathe and spend some time in silence. Then begin with prayer. Ask God to meet you in this time, to speak to you in his word, and to help you understand what he desires for you to understand from his word.

Spend time reading & digesting God’s words. Read them slowly, perhaps a few times. How does this passage (or these verses) reveal who God is, what he is like, and what he is doing in the world? Jot down what is revealed about him. Really allow the words of the Bible to be God’s words to you. What is he sharing with you about himself?

Spend some time in stillness and silence considering what God is saying to you personally in his Word. What does this passage say about who you are? Is God using this passage to convict you of any sin? How does it lead you to love and obey God more fully? How is God asking you to respond? Jot down what is revealed to you.

Reading God’s word is not just a task; it’s a conversation. God speaks to us through his word and we get to respond. Take some time to either pray aloud or write out a prayer in which you praise God for who He is and ask for help in loving and following Him. Allow what God has shown you in his word to shape your words to him.

Scripture for Each Day:
1. Colossians 1:1-8
2. Colossians 1:9-14
3. Colossians 1:15-23
4. Colossians 1:24-29
5. Colossians 2:1-5
6. Colossians 2:6-15
7. Grace Day – take a break or choose your own passage of scripture!
8. Colossians 2:16-23
9. Colossians 3:1-11
10. Colossians 3:12-17
11. Colossians 3:18-4:1
12. Colossians 4:2-6
13. Colossians 4:7-18
14. Grace Day – take a break or choose your own passage of scripture!

4. Listen to a podcast episode and answer reflection questions

Listen to this podcast on Spotify.
Write out answers to the following questions:
– Why did Jeff talk about “throwing out the word ‘goals’” in his family? What was the alternative? Why?
– What kind of person do you want to become? What kind of person do you think Jesus wants to form you into? What are some steps you can take to make progress towards becoming that person?
– What is a “rule of life” according to Jeff and John Mark? What is a rule of life or a formation you can create to help shape you into that person?
– Why did Jeff and John Mark say they had a “digital rule of life”? How much time do you spend on your phone every day? How might a digital rule of life help you become more like Jesus?
– Read John 15. What is something that might need to be cut out of your life so that you can grow and produce fruit in your relationship with Jesus.


Packing List

Please pack lightly – we have to pack a lot of things on the bus!

Bible, journal & pen / Clothes for warm and cool weather / Toiletries / Towel / Sleeping bag & pillow / Water bottle / $60 for meals out (you will need all of it for the meals!) / Modest swimsuit / Sunscreen / Optional (camera, snacks for the bus, extra spending money for souvenirs)


Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns before or during the trip!

Lindsay Billington | 720.460.6048
Taylor Johnson | 303.775.4685