LH MEN: Making Disciples
As men, our culture tells us that we are called to be breadwinners. Our Creator calls us to something much more. He calls us to be disciple makers. But, as men we often struggle to create the kind of community and connectedness that makes this work seem natural and, ultimately, fruitful. We see it Sunday after Sunday at Living Hope where men attend and consume the Word, but miss opportunities to strengthen one another through meaningful relationships.
The heartbeat of LH MEN, the new men’s ministry at Living Hope is to see men lead other men – to take up the call of our Savior to make disciples. The good news is that we have a strong foundation of men who are equipped to start this process. We have men at Living Hope who are being transformed by the Holy Spirit’s work in their lives. The next step is to simply build opportunities for our men to connect and share with one another what God is doing or what they are hungry for God to do in their lives.
That’s the place where LH MEN plans to stand in the gap. Through a regular, monthly series of events, we want to foster community for men where none may currently exist. We want to provide a forum where men can hear from other men and be challenged and mentored to live out God’s purpose for us as husbands and fathers and friends. The focus through it all will be creating a cycle of personal discipleship – growing leaders to invest in younger believers who, ultimately, become leaders themselves.
Even now, the process is taking shape. Events are being planned. Leaders are being identified. Our desire is that this mission becomes a movement of men that does more than impact our church. We want to be used in Gospel Communities to serve as a foundation for drawing those outside our family to Him.
To be successful, we will need men who are open to this challenge – who are vulnerable to God’s calling. Most importantly, we will need men who want to step out of isolation and into accountability. Growth flourishes in the light of healthy relationships.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. - 1 John 1:7
Living Hope, please pray that God will raise up men in our church who seek the light and seek to share the light with the world around them.
- Brad Young, Ministry Lead, LH MEN