Even though Women of Faith was launched six years after Promise Keepers, it has the potential to outdraw PK by almost fifty-to-one this year.
March 8-10 I attended a men’s event that was built from the ground up with guys in mind. It was unlike any men’s conference I’d ever attended.
We follow the same script as Sunday morning – sing songs and listen to a speaker – only we do a lot more of it. Why give up your entire weekend and pay $125 when you can just go to church on Sunday and get the same experience for free?
Although the phrase, “Personal relationship with Jesus Christ,” never appears in the Bible, It’s become the number one metaphor Evangelicals use to describe their faith.
In church we often force men to become physically close and touch each other. Many of these rituals are uncomfortable, unbiblical and frankly, unnecessary.
The perpetrators of these evil acts have not just damaged the lives of their victims – they have cast a dark shadow of suspicion over men who want to spend time with boys.
Young men are doing 180s – on their skateboards, and in their spiritual lives.
How can a church that averages 350 men, women and children on a typical Sunday, attract more than 400 guys to a first-time men’s event?
When a man knows what’s going on and is in control of his situation, spiritual growth is nearly impossible. But when he is confused and off balance, he must look beyond his own power and understanding.
For years the Salvation Army in the Southern California division held an annual men’s retreat weekend. We followed a traditional script: men getting together for “fellowship” with sessions on “How to be a happy Christian husband for your happy Christian wife in your happy Christian home.” These were valuable sessions with good speakers, but attendance at the camps was dwindling every year. It became so bad that the church was ready to discontinue the men’s retreats.