49 – Discover God’s Five-Year Plan for Men
Something of such significance is about to take place that “this month only” I would like to depart from the normal format of A Look in the Mirror. Still, I hope it will encourage your heart. — Patrick
Since January, 1996, leaders of men’s ministries have quietly been meeting a) to become to each other what we would like the men of America to become, and b) to ask God what we can do together that none of us could do alone. The results have been inspiring.
With unusual humility and setting aside personal agendas, these godly men have painstakingly sought the will of God for themselves, their ministries, the church, and the men of America. We have been prayerfully asking, “How can we reach every man in America with a credible offer of the gospel, encourage them to pursue God, and equip them for spiritual service?”
To help answer this question we have formed The National Coalition of Men’s Ministries (“NCMM”). We have held many meetings, but three are unprecedented, and you are invited to the fourth.
WHAT IS THE NATIONAL COALITION OF MEN’S MINISTRIES?
NCMM is “a network of brothers” who lead denominational men’s ministries representing over half the churches in America and most of the men’s para-church ministries. How has such an impressive group come together so quickly? By God’s grace and sovereign plan, of course, but here’s the “human” version of three unprecedented meetings . . .
In January 1996, leaders of men’s servant ministries assembled in Atlanta, Georgia, and asked the question, “What can we do together that none of us could do alone?” It was concluded that our calling and mission together would be to reach and equip every man in America for Jesus Christ. The National Coalition of Men’s Ministries was formed.
In November 1997, an historic meeting of the National Coalition of Men’s Ministries took place at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, Asheville, North Carolina, in which God supernaturally united the hearts and purposes of denominational men’s ministry leaders and men’s servant ministry leaders. It was concluded that God had opened a window to reach men for Jesus Christ that would last five more years, unless we, the leaders, would come together in a 1 Corinthians 12 “one body, many parts” display of brotherhood, unity, and mission.
In February 1998, an equally historic meeting took place in Denver, Colorado, at which God supernaturally knit the hearts of Bill McCartney and representatives of the National Coalition of Men’s Ministries together in a like manner. Because of the outcome of these unprecedented meetings, we believe the power of God is at work among us in an extraordinary way.
We declare before God and a watching world our resolve as leaders to become to each other what we are asking the men of America to become in brotherhood, unity, and mission.
We declare that there is one men’s ministry, and it belongs to God. The leadership of the Christian Men’s Movement is one. We are united. We are committed to be servant leaders to the church. To pursue the marching orders we believe God has given us, we have adopted the following Mission Statement . . .
Together, we will help the local church present every man in America with a credible offer of the gospel, encourage them to pursue God, and equip them for spiritual service in the home, church, workplace, community, and world.
WHAT ARE THE VALUES OF NCMM?
We have also carefully built a consensus about our core values and guiding principles. Here is the text of those values from our organizing documents.
Because we fear God and seek only His glory and will, because we desire to honor the Lord Jesus Christ in all we do, because we sense the Holy Spirit desires spiritual revival and awakening, and because we believe the Christian men’s movement will prosper in direct proportion to how the leaders of the movement are in right relationship with God and right relationship with each other, we affirm the following values:
1. Brotherhood We affirm that the Scriptures declare reconciliation must precede worship (Matthew 5:23-24); and that where brothers live in unity, there the Lord bestows His blessing, even life for evermore (Psalm 133:1,3). Jesus said that all people will know we are His disciples if we love one another (John 13:35). Therefore, we resolve to become to each other what we want the church to become. We will seek to become a visible demonstration of what is happening in the kingdom of heaven.
2. Unity We affirm that in the Scriptures Jesus prayed that His followers may become one as He and the Father are one. “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me . . .” (John 17:22-23). There is one body, one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all (Ephesians 4:4-6). Therefore, we declare before God that there is but one men’s ministry, and it belongs to God. We will have no agenda but God; and no agenda but God’s. We will seek to become one in fellowship and purpose, while remaining many parts in practice (1 Corinthians 12).
3. Mission We affirm that the Scriptures command us to make disciples of all people by reaching them with a credible offer of the gospel, exhorting them to pursue a love for and knowledge of God, teaching them to obey everything Christ commanded, and equipping them for spiritual service in the home, church, workplace, and community. Therefore, we will seek to do together what none of us could do alone to reach the men of America. We will each endeavor to develop and coordinate our plans and strategies to “point all the arrows in the same direction” so that what we do together will be greater than what any of us could do alone.
GOD’S FIVE YEAR PLAN
At our November 1997 meeting at The Cove, Bruce Wilkinson, founder of Walk Thru The Bible, and also founder of the Co-Mission, challenged our group when he asked, “How long do you think the window will stay open to reach men?” Then he asked for a show of hands. “One year?” No hands. “Two years?” No hands. “Three years?” No hands. “Four years?” A couple of hands. “Five years?” Incredibly, simultaneously, hands shot up everywhere. “Six years?” One hand. “Seven, eight, nine years?” No hands. You could feel the electricity.
We concluded that we, the leaders of the men’s movement, must declare “a state of emergency” for men. We concluded to seek from God a plan to reach men that will “prop open” the window so it cannot close. We believe we have five years to accomplish this objective.
That plan is coming together. God willing, it will be revealed at the fourth unprecedented meeting of NCMM – a meeting to which you are invited.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN US?
Did you find your heart on fire as you read the history, mission statement, and values of NCMM? Are you the man God wants to use to reach hurting men in and through your church? If you answer yes, then I believe I know where you need to be April 8-10, 1999!
You’re invited to attend The 1999 National Conference on Ministry to Men, April 8-10, 1999, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Knoxville, Tennessee. The brochure inserted with this issue of A Look In The Mirror has all the details (if you need more brochures call us at 407-331-0095 ext. 15).
Read the brochure.
Ask God if you should attend.
Whether you plan to attend or not, please pray for the spirit of revival to sweep us up, and for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Pray for the mission of NCMM . . . that every man in America will receive a credible offer of Jesus Christ, be encouraged to pursue Jesus, and be equipped for spiritual service.
Business leader, author, and speaker, Patrick Morley helps men to think more deeply about their lives, to be reconciled with Christ, and to be equipped for a larger impact on the world.
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