All over the world its becoming a global trend that the voices of Men in the church, in their homes and in their communities, is growing faint, passive and in many spaces, even silent especially as fathers, leaders and coaches to the present and next generation.
Men have the exclusive mandate from God to be leaders, provide guidance, direction, to call out greatness and inspire the fulfillment of purpose in those within their immediate spheres of influence. As such, they have been equipped, positioned by God to do so. The challenge we have today is that very few men are stepping up and stepping into that place to be all that God is calling them to be and the few that do are either passive about it or not resourced enough or have not yet harnessed the skillset and tools in practice to be effective.
Fully equipped, spiritually healthy men lead to healthy homes, churches, and communities and at Pearl Haven Christian Center we recognized this need and sought out to create that space to intentionally invest in men so that they become an active, effective and steady force for positive change in their communities to the Glory of God!
How are we doing this @ Pearl Haven
At Pearl Haven, Christian Center like anywhere else in the world we did not have super men, perfect men, men who have it all figured out but in faith ventured to engage the Men at whatever point they are at in life. So, for us it seemed necessary to be more relational, seeking to engage Men beyond the mountain-top, big event oriented meetings, revivals and pursue the creation of a Christian disciplining culture among men in our community.
This happens in the different city zones where men from a particular Zone of the town meet at one of the Men’s home every Monday evening to have this time of fellowship. We also have one joint Men’s alter that gathers all the men from all of the zones once a month and a Prayer Breakfast Quarterly to celebrate together what God is doing in our midst and at the same time, we look ahead to what He is yet to do. It is through small group experience the zones that we establish mentorship and accountability partnerships. We believe that the intimacy of the small group setting is key to strengthening and building relationships with God. Our Approach is 3D that is: Discovery, Development and Deployment.
Discovery: Through the weekly, monthly and quarterly fellowships, we encourage all men to grow into a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. As Men discover their identity in Christ, and reflect Christ in the areas of their lives that they need to change for the better which then makes them more effective in the ministry for expansion of God’s Kingdom.
Development: Here, we focus on the holistic development of the men with a bias on servant leadership at home, work, church and in their communities. Mentorship is the main focus at this stage
Deployment: Finally we seek out to meaningfully engage the Men, we encourage them to join active service in leadership and mentoring of other men.
To create a space where men can build solid relationships and make vital connections for personal, spiritual and professional development through our weekly men alters. Yes, we call them alters and yes we pray and study the word together but we also talk about football, cars, buying land, getting married, cooking for your wife among other things.