Archive for October, 2012


Posted: October 30, 2012 in Just A Thought

This is merely a perspective for you to read.  It brings interesting thought

REFUEL Tonight

Posted: October 18, 2012 in God's man

Tonight we will be looking at part two of the series Disciple called “Disciples Go Fishing”.

Hope to see you there.

GET IN – Why We Do Events

Posted: October 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

The question comes up from time to time, “Why do we do events?”.  Like most questions there are many answers to why we do events in men’s ministry. We do events like a breakfast, a chili cook-off, a skeet shoot all of them for several reasons and here are a few. 

Events are generally designed to be fun and who doesn’t like to have some fun once in a while.  Events also allow guys to get together, spend some time with other men from the church.  In some respects events help big churches feel smaller because you see familiar faces and can hang out with friends.  While having fun and hanging out are both good things to do, there is a bigger reason for most of the events that a ministry hosts.  

Ministry events can be great funnels. Events should be used intentionally to draw some new guys to the ministry.  It’s a lot easier for a guy to show up at a fun event when he does not know anybody than it is to walk into a small group of men that have been meeting together for a few years.  These events are a great place for guys to Get In to the ministry.  Even weekly mid-sized events like REFUEL (at Bethel) are really geared to helping men get connected.  Connecting men is  what Get In is all about.  After a guy attends an event for the first time it is important for somebody to follow-up with him.  Somebody who was at his table, somebody he met during the day or a strategic person assigned to make connections with new guys, it really doesn’t matter who as long as somebody helps the new guy feel welcome.

It’s tough to be new to any group. You were new once. The next time you are at a ministry event, make it your business to make the new guy feel welcome and he has a good shot at being around for a long time.

We are Stronger Together!

Stronger Together!

Posted: October 3, 2012 in God's man, Stronger Together

It’s pretty simple, 1 Peter 5:8 says it clearly, the enemy is prowling around out there looking to devour men.  Guys are being attacked by evil forces  – every day and often they don’t feel like they have a place to turn for help and support. 

Every guy that I know needs to have the support of his brothers look at 1 Peter 5:9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

Brothers are all undergoing the same kind of suffering, we need each other to stand firm. We need other men to help us resist the enemy.  I don’t care who you are, if you are a guy, at some point you need somebody to encourage you, to spur you on to stand firm. One of the great things about being part of a local body of believers is that we get to have others in our lives that we can be there for and that can be there for us.
Part of being God’s man is being in community with other men, we all need Jesus and we all need each other. 

I read an article about parenting recently that stressed telling your kids that you love them every day.  It stressed that repetition is very important in the growth and development of children.  So, the most important things that we want them to know and learn need to be repeated often.  The article went on to stress the importance of how kids need to know that you love them even when they are least lovable.  Loving them and letting them know they are loved even in those very difficult times teaches them about unconditional love and transcends mere words.  

I thought about this and how its not just true with my kids, it is true with my wife and it’s true with friends. We all have times when we are less lovable.  In those less lovable times we can really shine, we can show a deeper love, the love of Christ that is in us.  I’m not saying it’s easy and I’m not saying that I have it all worked out.  What I am saying is that if we want to build relationships with those who are most important to our lives, we need to love unconditionally.  Allow those people to be human as you would want them to allow you to be in the times that you are less lovable.  How do I know that you have times when you are less lovable you may ask? And to that I would respond “Dude, seriously?”

Until next time remember WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER