Your Help Requested to Rethink Man in the Mirror’s Direction
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, July 27 2009 00:00|
For a decade our BHAG (Big "Holy" Audacious Goal) has been "To reach 10,000,000 men for Christ by 2010." In 2009 we have reached our goal -- or more appropriately we have "impacted" 10,000,000 men. We give glory to God for the great things he has done.
However, resolving one issue often reveals another. We had hoped that these 10,000,000 men would change the world. And maybe they have -- who can say what the world would look like if we had done nothing? But we can all agree that we need more change. We clearly see a gap between "impacting" and "long-term transformation." Many men need leaders to help them move further along the discipleship continuum toward spiritual maturity. So while we have met our goal in one sense, in another sense there is so much more work to do.
How does transformation take place? As always, getting the right answer depends on asking the right questions. If we try to solve the wrong problem, then we can only succeed by accident. Our assumptions are that, while a man can become a Christian in a moment, it takes years to become a spiritually mature disciple of Christ.
So we would like to enlist your help. Are we asking the right questions? Are we moving in the right direction? Our current thinking and assumptions are that:
We still think 10,000,000 transformed men would change the world -- their marriages, families, workplaces, and churches. So what should be our BHAG for 2020? Here are several possibilities:
As you can see, we are a good distance from closure. We want to give everyone in the Man in the Mirror family a voice before making these decisions. So please weigh in by sending me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are the questions:
Want more information? Read a 1,300 word adaptation of a white paper I wrote for a July 22, 2009, meeting of academics, scientists, theologians, and practitioners, "What Needs to Happen Next for Men?"
Yours for changed lives,