“Be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:1-2
“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
God’s call to men from Genesis was to lead. Since Adam’s fall, our hearts are inclined to shrink from and shirk this holy responsibility. Men’s neglect of this call to gladly give our lives away for the sake of others has devastated society. At The Gathering Church, we recognize the immense weight of influence that men have in our homes, our community, and our culture. We desire to champion men to be the servant leaders that God has called us to be.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is central to our Men’s Ministry. If our call is to teach men how to be men, then we must help men see the Son of Man. Jesus lived a perfect masculine life; he embodied true leadership and sacrifice. No program or principle can change our hearts. Only the Gospel can empower us to joyfully embrace the yoke of biblical masculinity. Only the God-Man can quicken us to gladly assume the responsibility to lead. Until a man’s heart is captivated by the beauty and glory of Jesus
Christ, he will continue to pursue sinful desires, leaving a wake of disappointment and disaster. The love of Christ must compel and constrain us.
From a new heart where Christ reigns, men will find the strength to do the hard work of leadership, making disciples who make disciples. Through the normal rhythms of sharing life together, specifically through our Sunday Service, Community Groups, and Triads, time and space is created for men to lead and spur others on to love and good deeds. Rather than inundate men with more meetings and programs, we desire to give space and margins for men to lead in their homes, their communities, their workplaces.
Men, shepherded by the elders, lead Community Groups and provide focused pastoral care. They encourage one another to be on mission in their unique spheres of influence. They raise up other men to lead future Community Groups. Triads create intimacy for brothers to shoot straight, confess sin, and lock arms in the daily grind and fight of faith. Sundays are filled with ample opportunities to lead and serve. Our annual Men’s Retreat celebrates the Gospel of Jesus Christ and encourages our men in the long obedience of advancing God’s Kingdom, on earth as it is in heaven.
The Gathering Church runs a Pastoral Intern program for those who express a unique desire to serve in future pastoral ministry. This intense year of head, heart and hand discipleship immerses interns in sound theological instruction, personal mentoring by our pastors, and tangible opportunities to ‘do the work of ministry.’
“Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.” 1 Corinthians 15:49