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    Men…In Action

    Men, here is link to Mike’s Smith’s class he taught during our men’s series, In Action, where several of our men shared their own stories and gifts of what it looks like for them to by trying to live out the calling of God in everyday life.  He combined his gift of painting, prayer and meditation on the presence of God in our lives and powerful music as well.

    Our goal is to connect every man at Fourth Avenue to the Men’s Ministry and encourage each one to join us as we:

    1. Learn that following Jesus truly is the best possible way to live.
    2. Encourage each other to follow Jesus in our daily lives.
    3. Experience authentic community where we are fully known and fully accepted.
    4. Seek the welfare of our community through service in the name of Jesus.
    5. Remind each other that Jesus is the pattern for authentic manhood.

    From Dean Barham, Spiritual Life & Outreach Minister

    “Men at Work”: Pursuit of God in the Company of Friends

    Helping every man live a life that matters and leave a legacy that endures…

    “The future is now.”

                  I’ve heard people say such things out of fear; but I am sending this message out of gratitude and anticipation, because I keep hearing some version of this idea at Fourth: from one of our shepherds sharing his experience of time with the children’s ministry; to several people celebrating the energy and life of our young adult ministry; or the following story I heard from Joe Whitehouse who is experiencing powerful connections with God and other men in a new men’s group that formed this year.

                  Here is Joe’s description of what God is up to: “I started meeting with the men of one of our life groups at the beginning of this year.  The life group consists of young married couples that are very engaged in this church family and have exhibited a genuine transparency with each other.  Each month, the men gather at my house for a quick breakfast and then we spend time together walking through a study on godly manhood.  We are in covenant with each other and I remind the men that I’m available 24/7 for them and/or their families.  I was not fortunate enough, nor aware enough, at their age and stage of life to recognize the value of relationships like this and thought this might be a study of interest to these guys.  Thus far, they value this time together and look forward to our gatherings and conversations.  I am so impressed by their transparency, depth of thought, and genuine care for each other.  I come away from our time together so encouraged, knowing these men are going to be leaders in our church family in the future, and hearing them say that as well.  For folks who are concerned about the future of the church, I wish they could spend time listening to these men and get a sense of their thirst for spiritual growth and authentic care for others.”

                  I join Joe in thanking God for raising up men like this in our church.  This is our men’s ministry in action: a living reminder that every man in our church is a vital part of our men’s ministry.  I pray this group inspires us all to take the next step in our participation and connection here.