T.H.I.S. ...Is MENistry
Trust Honor Integrity Service
A Ministry To and Through Men.
2 Corinthians 4:1
T.H.I.S. .... is Life on Purpose T.H.I.S. ... is Who I Am
Men wanted for hazardous journey. No wages. Constant danger. Building a kingdom of God in the face of adversaries. Placing your life on the line for a cause greater than yourself. Safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in case of success.** T.H.I.S...Is MENistry. Do you have what it takes to follow Christ?
There are no easy routes. There is only One Way. To follow Christ takes real, authentic manhood. T.H.I.S. (Trust, Honor, Integrity, Service) is Ministry to Men and Through Men, where men develop their purpose to follow the leadership of Christ. Implementing the framework outlined in Dr. Patrick Morley’s book “No Man Left Behind” and strategy of "Sleeping Giant" by Kenny Luck and Tom Crick, and by using intense and intentional studies (Men’s Fraternity by Robert Lewis, Kingdom Man by Tony Evans, and A Man’s Guide to the Spiritual Disciplines by Patrick Morley, et al) men grow in character, in spirituality, and in service to the body of Christ. From The Quest for Authentic Manhood, to advancing in our culture as kingdom men, our studies encourage men to reject passivity, accept responsibility, lead courageously, and invest eternally. Moreover, men learn that we are not alone in this adventure, but rather we are in it together. The journey of the abundant life will require men to be Courageous, and to take Risk. If we are to see the revival of the church in our community and our country, we must awaken the Sleeping Giant, the Authentic Men of God, to accept the challenge. We can provide training seminars, workshops, online surveys, speakers and access to all the best Christ centered resources to help you and your church reach and build into the lives of men.
Our Purpose is to help men discover, develop, and deploy the power of a transformed life in Christ.
Our Goal is to train men to preach, teach, reach....and get in The Way.
Our Commitment is to Christ and to each other.
If you are interested in beginning such an adventure for you or your men, contact either Jack Elliott, Pastor of GBC at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jim Shields, Director of Ministry to Men of GBC at email@example.com. Or, you can just sit there and wonder why nothing changes. Anyone can believe in Christ......but are you willing to believe Christ? Join us Saturday mornings at 7:15 a.m. for MAN FRAT SATurdays, and Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. sharp for HONORGUARD....A Men's Challenge to be On Our Guard.
"AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE....WE WILL SERVE THE LORD."
Courageous Enough to make that Pledge?
Jim Shields is Director of Ministry to Men for Gasburg Baptist Church and the Crossroads Association. He is also a NAMB Mission Service Corp Men's Outreach and Discipleship Missionary and a Field Trainer for Man in the Mirror Ministries. He holds a Bachleor's Degree from Franklin College and a Master's Degree in Christian Leadership from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Lana have been happily married since 1985, have three adult daughters, and one son in law.
Proven Resources for Men:
I challenge any man to read these books and not be called to action. If you have questions about any of them, e-mail Jim Shields at firstname.lastname@example.org
Recommended Reads (in no particular order):
1. Point Man: Steve Farrar 2. Getting There: Steve Farrar 3. Man to Man: Chuck Swindoll 4.Tender Warrior: Stu Weber 5. Locking Arms: Stu Weber 6. Spirit Warriors: Stu Weber 7. Along the Road to Manhood: Stu Weber 8. Wild at Heart: John Eldridge 9. Waking the Dead: John Eldridge 10. The Barbarian Way: Erwin Raphael McManus 11. The Christian Husband: Bob Lepine 12. Every Man, God’s Man: Steve Arterburn 13. Every Man’s Marriage: Steve Arterburn 14. Every Man’s Battle: Steve Arterburn 15. For Men Only: Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn 16. His Needs/Her Needs: Willard Harley, Jr. 17. Love & Respect: Dr. Emerson Eggerichs 18. The Christian Dad’s Answer Book: Mike Yorkey 19. Roaring Lambs: Bob Briner 20. Men in Leadership: Bob Briner 21. God’s Playbook: Reggie White 22. In the Trenches: Reggie White 23. Singletary on Singletary: Mike Singletary 24. Sold Out: Bill McCartney 25. Just As I Am: Billy Graham 26. The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham: Harold Myra 27. Rebel With A Cause: Franklin Graham 28. If You Want to Walk on Water, You Have to Get Out of The Boat: John Ortberg 29. The Way of the Wild Heart: John Eldredge 30. The Man in the Mirror: Patrick Morley 31. A Man's Guide to the Spiritual Disciplines: Pat Morley 32. Beneath the Surface: Bob Record 33. The Warrior Within: Pat Williams 34. Rumors: Phillip Yancey 35. The Jesus I Never Knew: Phillip Yancey 36. Running with the Giants: John Maxwell 37. The Unusual Suspect: Stephen Baldwin 38. Seven Seasons of the Man in the Mirror: Patrick Morley 39. Walking with Christ in the Details of Life: Patrick Morley 40. Season of Life: Jeffery Marx 41. No Man Left Behind: Patrick Morley 42. God Built: Steve Farrar 43. Wide Awake: Erwin Raphael McManus 44. Heavenly Man: Brother Yun 45. Searching For God Knows What: Dan Miller 46. Practice the Presence of God: Brother Andrew 47. Why Men Hate Going To Church: David Murrow 48.Your Greater Yes!: Dan Erickson 49. Drawing Men to God: Sid Woodruff 50. Uprising!: Erwin Raphael MacManus 51. Dare to be a Man: David Evans 52. Measure of a Man: Gene Getz 53. Pastoring Men: Patrick Morley 54. Christian Reflections on the Leadership Challenge: James Kouzes, Barry Posner 55. Mentor Like Jesus: Regi Campbell56. As Iron Sharpens Iron: Howard & William Hendricks 57. The Issachar Factor: Glen Martin 58. A Man's Guide to Work: Dr. Patrick Morley 59. In A Pit with A Lion on a Snowy Day: Mark Batterson 60. Chasing Daylight: Erwin Raphael McManus 61. 9 Things You Simply Must Do to Succeed in Love and Life: Dr. Henry Cloud 62. Brothers! Calling Men into Vital Relationships: Geoff Gorsuch 63. The Family's Heart: John Burnett 64. Margin: Richard Swenson, M.D. 64. Working the Angles: Eugene Peterson 65. A Long Obedience: Eugene Peterson 66. The Unexpected Journey: Thom Rainer 67. Leaving a Lasting Legacy: Dr. Jerry Pipes 68. Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough: Dr. Elmer Towns 69. Radically Unchurched: Alvin Reid 70. The Peacemaker: Ken Sande 71. God in the Wasteland: David Wells 72. Game Plan for Life: Joe Gibbs 73. Unleashing Courageous Faith: Paul Coughlin 74. Raising a Modern Day Knight: Robert Lewis 75. Risk: Kenny Luck 76. The Holiness of God: R. C. Sproul 77. Radical: David Platt 78. Crazy Love: Francis Chan 79. Golf's Sacred Journey: David L. Cook 80. not a fan: kyle idleman 81. Just Walk Across the Room: Bill Hybels 82. The Resolution for Men : Steven Kendrick 83. Courageous Living: Michael Katt 84. Kingdom Man:Tony Evans 85. Sleeping Giant: Kenny Luck, Tom Crick 86. No Matter the Cost: Vance Brown 87. Gospel: Greg Gilbert 88. The Jersey Effect: Hunter Smith 89. The Forgotten God: Francis Chan 90. Get It On: Kenny Thomas 91. The Radical Cross: A.W. Tozer 92. Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die: John Piper 93. Faith and Doubt: John Ortberg 94. Unstuck: Arnie Cole, Michael Ross 95. Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: John Piper and Wayne Grudem 96. The Insanity of God: Kent Ripken 97. Seeing with New Eyes: David Powlison 98. Wonning Character: Tommy Bowden 99. Identity: Eric Geiger 100. Get Off Your "But" and Do it: Jim Shields (not written yet). :)
Recommended Webs: www.thisismenistry.vpweb.com www.everymanministries.com www.lifeway.com/men www.stevefarrar.com www.family.org www.mensfraternity.com,www.ransomedheart.com www.maninthemirror.com www.sbc.net www.bmen.net, www.allprodad.com www.churchformen.com www.cbmw.org www.loveandrespect.com, www.disciplemen.com www.namb.net www.ironsharpensiron.net www.gameplanforlife.com www.MostImportantThing.org
**Adapted from Antarctic explorer Earnest Shackleton's advertisement for a 1913 expedition. He had over 5,000 men apply for the 26 slots available. He knew that men of boldness accept a challenge.