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Building men who reflect Christ-like love and service in all their many roles. We are men for others.

Our goal is to encourage and equip men to lead, love, and serve like Jesus in all of their many roles – whether it’s modeling Christ at work or school, growing as a loving husband, or developing character as a father. Below are a few opportunities for men to connect.

Upcoming Events

Man Camp

Friday-Sunday | April 21-23 | Washington Family Ranch
It’s a retreat for men, only better.

Our theme this year is “Becoming a Culture Creator.” As men, we create culture every day. How we do this as followers of Christ has eternal significance.

In addition to great large group times with gifted speakers, you’ll have opportunities for fire pit fellowship, awesome recreational activities, and free time.

We are partnering with multiple churches and Into the Deep Ministry for this weekend at camp. River West men will share cabins with other men from River West.

Who: Men and boys 13+ participating with their dads

Cost: $185 | Includes 4 meals, 3 sessions, 2 labs + great recreation. *Scholarships available.

When: 7:00pm, April 21-11:45am, April 23

Register HERE

Make sure to enter “River West Church” in the dropdown menu under “Group Name.”

For any questions, contact Pastor Mike Self at mike@riverwest.org.

River West Family Camp

Tuesday-Saturday | August 22-26 | Malibu, B.C.
Join us for five days of camp with your River West family in one of the most beautiful places in the world! Malibu is a Young Life property on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, and it’s only accessible by boat or seaplane.

Once at camp, we’ll have access to all that Malibu has to offer – wakeboarding and waterskiing, kayaking and paddle boarding, zippiness, a giant swing, a swimming pool, frisbee golf, and WAY MORE!

When you’re not exploring the camp during free time or enjoying inlet/mountain views from the dining hall, we’ll have group activities, teaching and worship time, plus surprises throughout the week.

Sleep-wise, each family will be set up in their own cabin throughout camp, while the work crew will be in dorm-style housing. And that’s the best part – if you’re attending as a “camper,” it means a week free from work – no cooking, no cleaning, or housekeeping on your agenda!

It’s very important that you read “Things to Know Before You Go” so that you are fully prepared for this experience—and you don’t miss the ferry to camp!

This promises to be an opportunity you will not want to miss, and something you and your family will be talking about for years to come. Last year’s camp was amazing and we know this year’s camp will be too! We hope you will join us!

More Info + Registration

For any questions, please email Pastor Mike at mike@riverwest.org, or call the main office at (503) 699-2226.

Men’s Study 2022-23

Monday Nights or Thursday Mornings

Men, we’re meeting weekly to encourage, equip, and challenge one another through a study on James and 1 + 2 Peter. Gatherings include worship, large group teaching, and small group discussion. These weekly studies are an awesome place to meet other men and be strengthened in your faith.

Mondays | Oct. 3 – Apr. 24 | 7-8:30pm | Comm. Rm.


Thursdays | Oct. 6 – Apr. 27 | 6:30-8am | Comm. Rm.

It’s not too late to join. Email Pastor Mike at mike@riverwest.org for more information.

FORGED “Shapes Men for Life.”

Each year, FORGED creates opportunities for men and their teen sons to connect and learn valuable life skills together. FORGED also encourages teen boys to participate whose fathers are not in the picture. These boys are assigned a mentor for discipleship and the various activities.

Being a father is one of the most important roles you will ever have. We want to help you make the most of it with your son.

Join the FORGED Group to learn about upcoming opportunities. You can also purchase copies of the “Living Lionhearted” journal. It’s a discipleship tool on biblical masculinity for you and your son to explore together.

Sign Up Here

Weekly Sharpening with Pastor Mike

Proverbs 27:17 reminds us that as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Men, we all need to be sharpened in one way or another! Pastor Mike’s weekly posts are designed to encourage, equip and challenge men to lead, love and serve like Jesus. You’ll also learn about upcoming opportunities for men and dads.

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Latest Updates

To stay up to date on all the opportunities for men and dads, join the Men’s Email Group HERE.

River West Dads

Annual Events

  • Father + Daughter Camp
    April 28-30, 2023
  • Father + Son Adventure Camp
    October 13-15, 2023

Men’s Breakfast

Scheduled throughout the year, these are opportunities for men to gather in large group settings to be inspired by River West pastors and guest speakers who have a special word for men.

Recent Messages

4th Quarter Men’s Ministry

Bible studies, book studies, service projects, and fellowship events for our senior saints. Email 4qforce@gmail.com for more information on current opportunities.


Mentoring is an intentional relationship with the goal of developing Biblically mature followers of Jesus.

If you have questions about mentoring or are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Don Lewis at lewisdkl@comcast.net.

Areas of Service


Catalyst NW inspires people, builds hope, and nurtures community by bringing together useful resources and caring men to meet critical repair needs of under-resourced people in our communities. For more information please contact Jess Gilchrist at giljess@hotmail.com

Evans Creek Retreat

Evans Creek Retreat is a camp for adults with special needs located about 45 minutes east of Salem. The camp was burned to the ground during the Beach Creek fire in 2020. We partner with other churches to clear debris, cut wood, and build fencing, dining tables and creekside resting benches.

Contact Jim Harvey if you are interested in serving on Saturdays: jimharve@outlook.com.

Contact Geoff Brown if you are interested in serving midweek: geoff.brown@comcast.net.

Transitional Youth

Transitional Youth provides housing and skill development to young men and women formerly living on the street. We have adopted the TY boarding home in Wilsonville and provide skilled and non-skilled labor to keep the home in ideal shape for its residents. For more information contact Kris Dunning: 56skier@gmail.com.

Pure Life Alliance

Pure Life Alliance is a ministry that provides groups and resources for men dealing with sexual addiction and pornography. They offer safe, confidential groups where men can find accountability and healing support.

For more information visit, www.purelifealliance.org or email  info@purelifealliance.org.


ManKind is a faith-based program for men who struggle with anger and abusive, controlling behaviors in relationships. The program challenges a man’s underlying beliefs behind the behaviors and offers safety, accountability, and support to participants.

For more information visit armsrecovery.org or call (503) 846-9284.

For More Information

Contact Men + Family Life Pastor, Mike Self, at 503.699.2226 or mike@riverwest.org.

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