Men are in trouble. And we believe that if men are in trouble, then our culture is in trouble. Many churches have difficulty connecting with men and showing how the gospel can change them and the world around them. We need a renewed focus and sustained effort to reach and disciple our men.
A recent story shared is a vivid reminder of why men’s discipleship is critical work. And it centers on one searing truth: No man fails on purpose. This is a woman's story…
In the 1980s, elephants overcrowded South Africa’s Kruger National Park, the government authorized killing adult elephants and relocating their offspring to other parks. As the orphaned male elephants became teenagers, they were clueless about what “normal” male behavior looked like.
A leader told us the story of “Lou,” a man he met in a small group shortly after joining their church. Lou and his wife had been in the church for more than fifteen years. He had been a deacon for a time. He had a wonderful wife; his kids were active in the church. On the outside, everything looked great. A few months of sitting in the small group did nothing to change anyone’s opinion either. Lou didn’t speak out a lot, but when he did, it was worth listening to.
Even a cursory reading of Scripture reveals that God is looking for men. Ezekiel 22:30 says, “I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land that I might not destroy it, but I found no one.”
In response to this week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida (February 14, 2018), a man named Michael Ian Black, whom I’ve never heard of but who is apparently an actor and comedian, invited a “conversation” on Twitter that began with the following statement: “Deeper even than the gun problem is this: boys are broken.”
Since the release of his recent bestselling book, 12 Rules for Life, and the immense online popularity of an interview with him on British TV, the Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson has exploded into mainstream evangelical consciousness. While Peterson has been quietly building up an extensive following for a few years now, over the last month many people who had not previously heard of Peterson have been surprised and often confused by the strength and the character of his appeal.
The vision for advancing our men and strategies by meeting the needs of the five typpes of men in our churches.
A collection of some of Dr. Patrick Morley's reflections on men's discipleship.
A brief assessment of the impact of video games, pornography and social media on men and boys. Read more.
A description of the needs of men in America, in general, and men in the church taken from Man in the Mirror research, a survey of Alliance pastors and men's ministry leaders and Kloppman, Men's Ministry in a Small Church.