Â The idea of menâ€™s meetings has been a reoccurring theme for the â€œMenâ€™s Messageâ€ since we began writing last year.
I will continue to encourage men to come together even more. This last week, I attended the â€œMain Eventâ€ menâ€™s conference in Nashville, TN with one of the leaders of Valley Baptist Church. We went on the trip to have some fun, see some sights and learn more about menâ€™s ministry. We were blessed to hear Tony Evans, talk two different times, as well as the Kendrick brothers, who brought us films like â€œCourageousâ€, â€œFacing the Giantsâ€ and â€œFireproof.â€ There was great worship and each speaker from the two day conference was top notch.
I will share a little in this column about my learning curve, and in future columns I hope to bring good news from different local churches and information about their menâ€™s meetings and ministries. If you would like to be highlighted here in the menâ€™s message, either email me a few paragraphs to email@example.com or leave me a message at 760-353-5059 and I will pay for the coffee.
Several speakers shared about resources they have for menâ€™s ministries. Tony Evanâ€™s large church in Dallas uses â€œKingdom Menâ€. Life-Way, a Baptist organization that sponsored the event, shared about â€œ33â€ the series, which is a multi-volume program to equip men to pursue authentic manhood as modeled by Jesus Christ and the 33 years He lived on earth.
The Kendrick brothers discussed â€œCourageousâ€ and â€œThe Resolution for Menâ€ that will be coming out in October. â€œManhood Restoredâ€ is a 6 session menâ€™s Bible study discussed by Dr. Eric Mason, a pastor of a large church in Philadelphia. The west coast was also present with Kenny Luck, from Saddleback Church in Orange County, and he shared of large menâ€™s meetings using the 6 week study entitled â€œSleeping Giant.â€
Too many men donâ€™t know how to be a Godly husband or father, and their sons are watching and learning dysfunctional ways to lead or abandon the family.Â Our families and culture continues to recycle the notion of men behaving badly. We canâ€™t depend upon the schools, media or government to change man culture and many churches are stepping up to the plate.
Some of the menâ€™s meetings in Orange County draw 300+ men for 6:00 am meetings. Just recently, at the 2nd Baptist Church in El Centro, menâ€™s meetings were held entitled, REAL Men Love Jesus. REAL represented Reliable, Enjoyable, Acceptable and Lovable.
In Brawley, the Gateway Church has taken leadership with its â€œMan-Up conferences it has organized over the past years. As the new school year begins, letâ€™s hope more men get schooled in being men after Godâ€™s own heart.