Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Through The Narrow Gate with Marc Adams & Bill Spencer

Dates: 9/6/2016 - 9/10/2016
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A charity event for the Narrow Gate Foundation

In 2005 Phil Stoner began working on his Masters certificate here at MASW. By 2006 he had completed all the requirements. It was another door that God had opened in his life, while at the same time opening a door in my life. In 2004 through a series of circumstances, Phil’s son Adam, along with Bill Spencer (also an MASW alumnus), started a program called “Narrow Gate.” Over the years the NG program has grown into an incredible opportunity for young men, ages 18 - 25, to discover the path to the purpose of their life through a Christian discipleship experience. To find out more about the Narrow Gate Foundation, check out their web page at

In May of 2013, I had the opportunity to spend a few days talking about woodworking to a group of young men at Narrow Gate in Williamsport, TN. While I was there I experienced the Holy Spirit in such a way that it stopped me in my tracks. I thought I was there for them, but it became clear that they were there for me - I was indescribably moved to “act”. These exceptional young men are learning how to serve others through the giving of their time, talents and discipleship. They will live purposeful lives and leave their fingerprints on the heart of all they meet. They have chosen to pass through the Narrow Gate. It’s your opportunity to act as well. It will be one of the most fun, adventuresome, entertaining and heartwarming weeks in the history of the school; come and be a part of the story.

Okay, so what’s this all have to do with a workshop at MASW? And is it really FREE? Yes it is free from the school’s standpoint. Your tuition, materials and meals will all be provided by MASW for no charge. But we are asking that each participant makes a tax deductible donation of no less than $775 to the Narrow Gate Foundation. 100% of your donation will be used for the Narrow Gate ministry, to serve and glorify God. In the previous two years I am proud to say that we have raised over $100,000 for the Narrow Gate Foundation. That’s proof of God working through MASW.

Here’s the plan:

This workshop will consist of each person making two special document boxes. One box will be for you and the other box will be for you to give to that very special person in your life. These keepsake boxes will involve intricate marquetry, unique ornamentation, exposed fine joinery and be made from some of the finest woods available today. (For those returning from a previous year there will be a new marquetry top and inside base). NO PREVIOUS WOODWORKING SKILLS WILL BE NECESSARY. Throughout the week each person will be given three handcrafted, heirloom pieces created by Narrow Gate Artisans that will eventually be placed in your personal boxes as a keepsake reminder of what you accomplished in one very special week. The workshop will be divided into 4 groups that will rotate through different stations throughout the day and week.

Each day the young men from Narrow Gate will provide all the services to make for a successful week. One of their chores will be to help Susie and Tina in the kitchen. Lunch will be provided each day and there will be one special breakfast prepared as well as two evening dinners. You will not go hungry while you are here. Also during the week, Narrow Gate Director, Bill Spencer will teach some of the life-changing lessons he shares regularly with the Narrow Gate students, but the students themselves will share what’s going on in their lives and how Narrow Gate is changing them spiritually. These young men hold the keys to the future of America, they have had personal encounters with God and have been transformed forever. Our hope is that through your personal experience during this meaningful and spiritual week, you too will see that we are all born with purpose, separated by choice, redeemed through sacrifice and destined for service.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many have entered through it. But narrow is the gate that leads to life and only a few find it.” Matthew 7: 13 - 14

NOTE - MASW will NOT be accepting payments for this class. You will pay the charity directly. After successful registration, you will be sent information on where to send your payment. All donations are Tax Deductible!

There is a $45 annual registration fee that will be added to your the total amount of the class if this is the first class you are registering for this season.

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