“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.”
— I Corinthians 16:13
The Men of Courage Mission Statement – “Relying on God’s power and spirit to transform men through authenticity, affirmation, and accountability into the men God has called us to be”
Key Principles – The men’s ministry of the ________________ strives to develop an environment based on three key biblical principles:
Authenticity – We hope to foster a climate of genuineness and transparency where men can drop their spiritual masks. I Peter 1:6-9 states, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith…may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
Affirmation – We believe in the importance of a climate of acceptance and encouragement. John Eldredge’s book Wild at Heart says that every man is haunted by the question “Have I got what it takes when it counts?” We want to develop an environment in which men can come as they are without fear of rejection. We’re commanded in Romans 15:7 to “accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”
Accountability – We want to cultivate a climate of responsibility, not policing each other but supporting each other through shared struggles. Secrecy and Isolation are Satan’s greatest tools, and accountability destroys their power. The Hebrew writer encourages us to maintain accountability. “See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily…so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:12-13. Through God’s power, we believe that in a climate of authenticity, affirmation, and accountability, ordinary men can be transformed into Men of Courage.
Men of Courage Breakfast and Bible Study
We’d like to establish a time when we can gather for fellowship and a short Bible study. Breakfast can be served and also we will be encouraged to invite your friends, neighbors, and colleagues.
In an effort to help those men who may be struggling, we’ll also see if we have a need for support groups that can be used to address current issues in our lives.