Men for Christ: The Heart of Cedarville’s “Man Week”

by Public Relations

You’ll find them scarfing down three two-pound burritos in less than 10 minutes. Flipping 100 pound tires from a start line to a finish line. Lumberjacking thick tree trunks just because they can.

For the guys in Rickard, a residence hall at Cedarville University, this is all part of “Man Week,” a series of fun events with an eternal purpose.

In early October, the men of Rickard hall rediscover what it means to be a man after God’s own heart. Each evening of the week they participate in tough challenges, eat plenty of food and interact with men of the local community who wholeheartedly follow Jesus Christ.

Featured speakers include local pastors, faculty and staff members—even Donald Rickard, former vice president of student services and the man who inspired the naming of Rickard Hall. The speakers share personal stories along with lessons on wisdom, responsibility, marriage, love and sacrifice.

Cedarville Students During Manweek


Matthew Thompson, resident director of Rickard Hall, started “Man Week” during his first year at Cedarville. Part of Thompson’s inspiration for the weeklong event came from his personal experiences with young men in Rickard. He wanted to find a creative way to challenge them to work hard and maintain integrity in all areas of their lives. “‘Man Week’ is about calling guys up to follow Jesus,” says Thompson. “We teach young men how to love and serve others and cultivate a discipline in their lives characterized by Christian virtues and the fruits of the Spirit.”

The concept is catching on; the resident directors and assistants of Saint Clair, McChesney and “the Hill” are all beginning similar events aimed at discipling men on campus.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,200 undergraduate, graduate, and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at