MMC Launches Mind, Body, Spirit Program

body mind spirit frontMen’s Ministry Catalyst is pleased to be launching a new wellness coaching program. It’s important for all of us to feed our spirit with God’s Word and consistent communication with our Heavenly Father through prayer. It’s also important for us to feed our body properly and feeding our mind through healthy choices and thoughts. This is a new program at MMC and we’re excited about being able to provide Christ-centered guidance to assist with better nutrition, health education, wellness coaching, and one-on-one goal setting. If you are interested in joining us in our own endeavor to strengthen our Minds, Bodies, and Spirits, please visit the Wellness Coaching webpage on our site and fill out the short form there – we’ll be in contact with you shortly.

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February Happenings with MMC

Modesto 2014 Collage 1On February 22nd we held our first Men’s Equipping Conference in Modesto. We had over 750 enthusiastic men of all ages participate. Many men testified to their commitment to follow Jesus. Over fourteen boys and men committed their lives to Christ. Over 50 pastors participated and left with new biblical tools on how to disciple their men. The power of the Holy Spirit was evident in the demeanor of the men as they left the conference. Their enthusiasm to share the Good News echoed through the halls and in the parking lot. Please be praying for those who made commitments as we will begin contacting them to ensure they are plugged in to a local church.

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Both Jim and James have been speaking at local churches and leadership workshops. James recently held a workshop that had 41 pastors from all over San Francisco’s East Bay attend. Dr. Gerald Agee, president of the Oakland Black Pastors Association brought five men. We are excited about initial conversations assisting and executing a Men’s Conference in Oakland – by Oakland with a major focus on uniting and utilizing Oakland’s great pastor/teaching resources. Please join us in praying for this upcoming conference as we begin to work out the logistics of it.

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How Do You See Yourself?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABrothers – how do you see yourself? How do you feel about what you have done wrong? Most importantly…how do these things effect how you will see yourself and act in the present and future? We all fail at things, but it’s what we do with those failures that truly define us.

Here is a famous quote from Michael Jordan: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

And here is one from Thomas Edison: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

So what did MJ do when he missed that game winning shot? Well, he never gave up. He didn’t quit. How did Thomas Edison view his supposed failures? Not like failures at all.

Brothers, we all mess up. I’m afraid there is no getting around it. So, if that is the case, it’s really our attitude that will define us in our journey. We know we have the most awesome coach, who is there to encourage us, provide just the training we need, and loves nothing more than to see us back in the game.

Now brothers, sometimes we do things like missing practice, forgetting what the coach just told us, not supporting our fellow players, or just plain forgetting to show up at the game. No worries, though, because our coach looks right past those things and only sees our goodness due to the sacrifice of His “assistant coach”, who also happens to be His son.

So what’s my point? It is that we need to approach our view of mistakes and ourselves from the standpoint of the Truth! The Truth is that we are dearly loved children of God!

“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith,” Galatians 3:26

Our Father knows we are but little children on a steep learning curve. He will always bandage our knee, give us encouragement, and lovingly guide us back into the game, loving every moment of our successes and failures. How can we not view all parts of our journey with overwhelming optimism and joy? How can we not view everything as positive and a success? Let’s do just that no matter whether we mess up or succeed, for we have a God that David says this about:

“You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.” Psalm 86:5

Brothers, let’s always stay in the game with our eyes focused on, and calling to, Him! Praise God!

In His Grip,

Scot D. Auble
Men’s Ministry
Redeemer Lutheran Church 
Spokane Valley, WA

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MMC Celebrates Eight Years with James & Whitney Steiner

DSC_5321Eight years ago James and Whitney Steiner were asked to join Outdoor Connection Ministries, a faithful 24-year-old ministry founded by Jim Grassi and OCM’s board to join the team and assist with re-engineering and re-launching the ministry, to bring all resources available to proliferate God’s provided resources, tools, and best practices for ministry to men. The result of this effort is Men’s Ministry Catalyst.

Over the past eight years James, as Chief Servant & CEO, and Whitney, serving as the Chief Financial Officer, have been involved in every facet of the ministry. Together, along with the entire MMC team, they have led the charge in:

  • Encouraging, equipping, and motivating over 4500 churches
  • Walking alongside pastors, men’s ministry leaders, denominational leaders, and others to assist them with ministry to men best practices
  • Creating a ministry team to encourage ministry development and support for all of those involved in ministry to men.
  • Serving in a variety of ways to further business and Kingdom ventures dedicated to men’s ministry and honoring God
  • Assisting other para-ministries in proliferating their best practices in an effort to help them with their God-given talents and gifts
  • Seeing God grant MMC favor throughout Northern California as the ministry seeks out ways to reach a population of 14.5 million people there

At MMC’s regional men’s conferences and leadership workshops, just in the past 12 months, we’ve had the pleasure of encouraging and equipping over 3500 pastors, men’s ministry leaders, and Christian men – young and mature.

We’re thankful for how God has blessed the ministry over the past 8 years and we’re excited to see how God will continue to use Men’s Ministry Catalyst in the near future and beyond.

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Guts, Grace and Glory

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Report on Danville Area Leadership Workshop

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Thank you to those who were praying for the Leadership Workshop that Men’s Ministry Catalyst sponsored on Saturday, February 8, that occurred at East Bay Foursquare in Danville, CA.

Praise God! We had 41 pastors, men’s ministry leaders, and men in attendance representing 15 churches from Watsonville, California to Sunnyvale, California.

It was exciting to have Dr. Gerald Agee, president of the Oakland Pastors Association attend and bring 8 men with him. You’ll definitely be hearing about some events in the future involving the Oakland area for men and pastors in their community.

Approximately one-third of the men present for this workshop have attended ISI conferences in the past that we have sponsored and loved those events! The reports we heard were that those conferences helped to transform their men of their congregations and boosted the interest and participation in ministry to men.

This workshop was filled with great discussion, active participation by all, and lots of ideas, tips, and encouragement was shared.

Now, we’re anxiously looking forward to and preparing for the Modesto ISI Conference coming up in 10 days! Please be praying for the pastors and ministry leaders who are bringing men from their own men’s ministries. Please pray that God will move among them mightily, His Kingdom expanded, and that God will receive all praise and glory for the changes that will take place in the lives of the men who attend this year’s ISI in Modesto.

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Modesto Prayer Meeting was AWESOME!

Modesto Prayer Meeting

On January 23rd, James Steiner and men’s ministry leaders from the Modesto area gathered together to prayer over Modesto and the entire central valley. Not only did they prayer over the upcoming men’s conference happening there on February 22nd, they also prayed for the families, pastors, churches, and men all over the central valley. They prayed that God will raise up His men – that He would use them. They prayed that men would be discipled and then go out and make more disciples!

There were several churches represented at this prayer meeting with twenty men there:

  • Shelter Cove Community Church
  • Crosspoint Community Church
  • Atwater First Church of God
  • Four Seasons Christian Fellowship

Special thanks to brother Paul Britton and Shelter Cove Community Church for opening their hearts and facility to us.

Praise the Lord for a great turnout of leaders and for an amazing concert of prayer and thanksgiving. We serve an awesome God! He is the Great I AM!

Please continue to pray for the upcoming men’s conference in Modesto on February 22. It is going to be a fantastic event and we’re anxious to see how God moves among the men who attend!

 

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God’s Mighty Men of Modesto: Call to Prayer! Please Come Join Us!!

Pray for MMCJeremiah 29:11-14a – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity”

Christian men in Modesto and the surrounding areas, please come join us for a time of prayer on January 23 at Shelter Cove Community Church. Our goal is to pray over the Valley, our state, and our country, and we WILL pray for God to have His will & His way over His people in the Modesto area.

Shelter Cove Community Church has kindly opened their doors so we can meet at their facility on January 23rd, 2014 in Modesto (4242 Coffee Rd. Modesto, CA 95357).

Please come & join us for an hour of prayer:

  • 6:30pm Sandwiches
  • 7:00pm Prayer – For city, men & families of Modesto/Central Valley
  • 7:45pm-8:00pm End

Sponsored by Men’s Ministry Catalyst, and any who wish to participate are invited!

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7 Things Pastors Should Teach Those in the Marketplace

http://www.legendswebdesign.comThe marketplace, the everyday world of trade and economic activity, is where most people spend the majority of their days. In modern history, the marketplace has played an unparalleled role in shaping our world. Globalization has turned countless local markets into one massive global market. Advances in technology and communication have managed to bridge enormous geographical and cultural gaps with blinding speed.

Meanwhile, the language and norms of the marketplace have changed the way other social institutions, including the church, think and operate. Even family life has been shaped by the marketplace in seemingly indelible ways.

Yet the marketplace is not a single homogenous entity. It is a complex organism that defies easy definition. The marketplace experience of a plumber is not the same as a venture fund manager, and the work of a banker is different from the work of a teacher. Indeed, work happens

  • in a variety of locations (from home, remotely, in the air, from a car, in an office, in a cubicle, in a warehouse, in a field, in a sky rise, underground, on the water),
  • in a variety of employments (freelancers, employees, contractors, consultants, employers, sole proprietors),
  • and in a variety of organizations (firms, small businesses, large corporations, franchises, practices, partnerships, governments, schools, nonprofits).

Therefore, as a pastor seeks to teach biblically about marketplace dynamics, it is helpful for him to deepen his empathy and broaden his understanding of the vocations represented in his congregation.

So what should pastors teach to those called to the marketplace? Read more…

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Nehemiah the Comforter

The following article is written by Michael Griego. We hope you’ll find it encouraging!

Nehemiah

Gustave Doré, Nehemiah Views the Ruins of Jerusalem’s Walls, 1866.

While the Book of Nehemiah is a historic display of leadership and God’s love, blessing and protection of His people, it is also a symbolic representation of how the Holy Spirit works to rebuild and restore the brokenness of the human personality.

In the middle of the Old Testament there’s a flyover book called Nehemiah. It is often bypassed or quickly read as its seen as a straightforward historical accounting of the rebuilding of the walls around Jerusalem by a Hebrew leader named Nehemiah. It is actually an amazing depiction of God’s response to prayer, intervention in human affairs and protection of His people in the midst of their enemies. But even beyond that, Nehemiah is himself a symbolic picture of the Holy Spirit, that “comforter” who helps rebuild the broken rubble of our lives as He protects and restores our very soul, mind and will. Such is the richness of Scripture when seen in full context. Read more…

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Calling All Men: Facing the Blitz – Saturday, February 1, 2014

Men’s Ministry Catalyst is pleased to announce a GREAT event coming to the Sacramento, CA area on February 1, 2014. Sacramento Area men’s Ministry Network (SAMMN) has created the “Facing the Blitz” event, featuring Jeff Kemp. This event is being held at First Covenant Church, 10933 Progress Court, Rancho Cordova, CA. Learn more by reading the info below.

If you would like to register for this event, please click here or click on the Registration Information image below. Thanks!

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2013 Year End Letter

You can help change the currents of despair into rivers of hope!

December 2013

Right after birth Frenchie was placed in a foster home. Despite eventually being adopted into a nice Southern California home Frenchie decided to go the way of the streets. And, within a short period of time he was into the life of a gangster.

His repeated crimes led him to serve over 23 years in prison.

While in prison he saw a few prison ministry chaplains demonstrate authentic discipleship. And, Frenchie became interested in the things of the Lord as his mentor, Pastor Glen Shields, gently encouraged him through his modeling of God’s Word. It was on a dank cell floor in Folsom prison that Jesus broke through Frenchie’s anger, emotional scars, and negative mind-set as he surrendered his life to Christ!

Then, with Pastor Shields’ guidance and mentoring, this former gang member started teaching others about the love of Jesus. He became a spiritual mentor.
In 2000 Frenchie was invited to serve at Pastor Glen’s church located a gang infested area of Stockton.

As Frenchie became involved with men on the streets and in the jails he realized that discipleship and spiritual mentoring was the key to unlocking the emotional chains of the gangsters and prisoners he met.

In 2010 Frenchie began attending numerous workshops and Iron Sharpens Iron Conferences sponsored by Men’s Ministry Catalyst.

Today Pastor James French is recognized as a ministry leader, dynamic speaker, gifted counselor, and workshop leader who shares his story of redemption with thousands. He is no longer known on the streets as OG (Original Gangster), but as the OG (Only God) minister of the Gospel. Men’s Ministry Catalyst is proud to work with Frenchie and be of support to his ministry.

Our ministry has an exciting future and you have the opportunity to be a significant part of it! As MMC begins its 33rd year of service we have revisited our original vision and refreshed our concepts for future. T.S. Elliott once said, “We must not cease from exploration, at the end of our exploring we will arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time.”

After all our staff and board meetings, conferences, events, and resource development we find ourselves right back at the original vision – the Great Commission – with our primary focus on making authentic disciples. However, there is one big difference – we are now living in a post-Christian nation and the signs of the end times are upon us.

We believe there needs to be an urgency in our message and an intensity in our actions. The Apostle Paul reminds us to “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” – Ephesians 5:14

Your support has enabled MMC to awaken hundreds of pastors and men to the alarming statistics that testify to the declining interest in faith among men of all ages in our culture.

As a national leader of ministry to men, MMC has provided timely messages and useful resources to help the Christian church better connect with men. We believe the church – especially men – have failed in its mission because we’ve lost the vision of discipleship and intergenerational ministry.

When you consider that the average church in America today has only one or two new believer’s baptisms a year we must conclude that Christ’s charge in the Great Commission has been lost in the “feel good religion” that plagues many of our assemblies. And when you think about the fact that 80% of our young men leave the church at the age of 18 the future doesn’t look all that bright.

Tonight 41% of children under 18 years of age will go to sleep in a home where there is no biological father. Friend, we believe our nation and the Christian church as a whole is in trouble!

The great promise is that when people catch the vision of making disciples through an intentional mentoring process we can change the currents of despair into rivers of hope!
Together, with your partnership, we can motivate and encourage men, especially in the inner city, to become the fathers and spiritual leaders in their homes.

MMC’s proven and tested resources have been put into scores of practical tools that men actually absorb and deploy. MMC’s social media networks (Weekly Devotionals, Monthly Men’s Leader Guides, Men’s Ministry Toolbox, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) are reaching the younger generations who are seeking God online.

Today, because of your support, over three thousand churches have been helped to create environments and preach theology that is changing the hearts and lives of many men!

The question for MMC in 2014 is how can we increase getting the word out about God’s plan for mankind and purpose for the Christian church?

As you may know, we, approached Thomas Nelson Publishers to create a new men’s ministry division that would include a branding (Romans 12 – Disciple) to provide books, messages, and manuals on subjects relevant to discipleship and men’s issues.

Sensing the urgency of engaging men, Dr. Grassi has written a collection of books and manuals that will fuel our discipleship passion. And, even though there isn’t much to be made in the Christian book marketplace we are excited that our resources will minister to so many more people.

Fundamental to our faith and the vision of MMC is discipleship or what we call Spiritual Mentoring. “Spiritual Mentoring implies the heart of discipling another person within the context of a relational mentoring environment. The most effective and long-lasting discipling relationships happen best when you seek to encourage and equip a person in areas beyond just the spiritual aspects of life.” — This is especially true in reaching the younger generation!

Where do we go from here?

How can you and I help grow the Christian church?

What is the most effective way with the greatest ROI to bring our culture back to the theology that once guided this great country?

MMC believes it is found in formulating an effective plan to mentor others.
Think about it…if you disciple one person in 2014 and the two of you each disciple another person in 2015, and everyone disciples another and so on, in 25 years there would be 33,332,432 devoted disciples following Jesus!

The big issues for our country aren’t gun control, abortion, gay marriage, or other political issues. The real issue is a heart issue and knowing how to live a life as a true disciple of Jesus (Romans 12). The other issues will be resolved when a biblical perspective on life is put in place.

And, it starts with each one of us choosing to be bold about our faith, which leads to mentoring someone searching for real answers to life’s problems.

Billy Graham told us, “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand it causes the spines of other men to stiffen.” Finding God’s will is life’s highest accomplishment; following God’s will is life’s highest fulfillment.

Discipling others was Christ’s ultimate passion. One person mentoring another person can make a difference and everybody should try. We all need to get into the game. Sitting on the bench is not an option if you take God’s Word seriously.

People frequently ask us to help them be practical and relevant in their approach to unsaved or spiritually immature relatives, neighbors, and friends. So, new resources have been developed that will help you connect with people, grow your own understanding of God’s plan for your life, and help make you an asset to your church and community.

Albert Pine said, “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world, is and remains immortal.”

Friend, as never before, your help is needed. Your prayers, participation, and financial assistance will help MMC finish the year strong so that the initiatives God has laid before us for 2014 can be accomplished!

Your support, provided over the years, has created a rich legacy – one that has made a serious impact on thousands of lives who now know our great God personally and have eternal security because of your willingness to invest in the vision of Men’s Ministry Catalyst.

God has put on our hearts for there to be many more “Frenchies” – those who are waiting for the mentoring, training, and resources that will help them strengthen their walk with Christ and become positive influencers within their churches and communities.
Today, it is clear: all of our friends, like you, need to be equipped with resources that are inspired by the Spirit, practical to use, and contemporary in their approach.

The 2014 initiatives found on the enclosed page are representative of the goals and vision God has given us to help make men’s ministry happen. And, if we change men’s hearts and enhance their faith, we will see their families, communities, and ultimately our nation change.

Please take a moment right now and prayerfully consider giving your best gift today to help launch this critically important outreach to men. And, as a thank you gift, we’ll send you our newest book, The Spiritual Mentor. We pray that this book will change your outlook on life and what Jesus meant about true discipleship.

Also, for any gift over $250, we will give you an extra copy of The Spiritual Mentor plus a copy of the soon-to-be-released Building a Ministry of Spiritual Mentoring. Imagine having a church that really understands and has the tools, lessons, and practical applications to develop a ministry of Spiritual Mentoring. If you so desire, these extra resources can be sent directly to your pastor or men’s ministry leader as a Christmas gift from you or to your residence so you may personally give these valuable resources to others. For a gift of $1,000 you will receive the above plus the joy of knowing you have sponsored 20 needy individuals to attend a life changing Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference. Remember, all gifts received before January 15, 2014 are tax-deductible.

To send your gift to Men’s Ministry Catalyst, you may do so electronically by using our secure, online Donation System. Or, if you prefer, you may print out the following section, fill it out, and send it to us at:

Men’s Ministry Catalyst
P.O. Box 1785
San Ramon, CA 94583

Thank you for standing with us. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Finally, may you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

In His Service,

Dr. Jim Grassi, Founder/President James Steiner, CEO

P.S. “Nothing else has the power to change the world like reaching men for Christ.” – Dr. Patrick Morley

2014 Men’s Ministry Catalyst Initiatives

  • Provide Seven Iron Sharpens Iron Equipping Men’s Conferences throughout Northern California and the Inland Northwest
  • Develop 20 strategic Leadership Workshops to assist and equip pastors and men’s ministry leaders with God’s plan for Spiritual Mentoring
  • Finalize the writing of five practical books and reference guides to help people grow in their faith
  • Continue providing five Special Kids Day Events for the disabled
  • Work on a global vision of helping churches discover the importance of one-on-one discipleship
  • Reach the younger generation with God’s Word through direct contact points and social media
  • Further develop social media platforms to better assist others in developing ministry to younger men
  • Continue building godly men through increased appearances on various radio programs in the Inland Northwest and the Northern California areas
  • Expand our assistance from 3,500 churches to over 5,000 churches that struggle with ministry to men. Provide resources and consultation to help grow the churches and empower their men.
  • Provide better resource tools and encouragement to support our donors and friends in their personal mission and evangelism
  • Scholarship high-risk kids (Teen Challenge, Union Gospel Mission, Celebrate Recovery, etc.) with opportunities to attend ISI events
  • A gift of $1,000 will allow us to scholarship twenty young men, like Frenchie, to an ISI Event in their immediate area that will change their lives.
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October 2013 In Review + What’s Coming Up!

October was another jam-packed month of opportunities for the MMC team. Here are some highlights from October:

Men’s Ultimate Getaway – Sonora California October 4th and 5th
Guns, Golf,and God! This was an action packed 1 ½ day event hosted by East Bay Foursquare in Danville, CA and coordinated and executed through MMC. EBF’s new Sr. Pastor, Rick Fry, communicated: “I’ve met more men at the fireside chat than I have in the prior 12 months.” EBF considered the event a great success. We also rekindled our relationship with Old Oak Ranch Conference Facilities – Foursquare Regional Conference Center (it’s open for all denominations).

Rancho Cordova ISI – October 12th
Over 525 men from 55 churches were in attendance. God moved mightily! 17 men made first time commitments to Christ and 68 re-dedicated their lives. Praise the Lord. Now, be sure to save the date for next year – October 11, 2014.

 

 

Rescue Conference Los Gatos California – October 18th
This intergenerational Christian leaders conference had over 600 attendees from the South Bay region – from 7th graders to 30 year olds. David Crowder played the night prior, 6 keynote speakers, 20 powerful breakout leaders, and 22 exhibitors were there. The conference was hosted by Keivan Tehrani (founder of Compassion Bridge). MMC promoted this conference at this year’s Sacramento ISI and in turn he invited us to exhibit and promoted the upcoming San Francisco ISI from the stage and in the program guide. We were prominently displayed in the main courtyard and were able to make some major strategic connections with intergenerational ministries that are interested in participating in the 2014 San Jose ISI.

Leadership Workshop Modesto – October 26th
Our largest workshop ever! 82 pastors and MML’s representing 25 churches from as far away as Fresno (9 men) attended this event. The workshop was rated highly, had a lot of energy, momentum, questions, and commitments. Brandon and Jillian are both busy following up. All churches took promotional packets for the February 2014 Modesto ISI and many said that the valley is desperate for events that can rally their men. Seven pastors from CrossPoint Church were in attendance and are also excited about the upcoming ISI.

Hour of Power Television Show – October 27th
Dr. Grassi was invited as a guest on the Hour of Power to discuss one of his newest books, Guts, Grace and Glory. The episode will be airing on several Christian television networks on November 9 and 10. Please pray for viewers on those dates that they will be encouraged and inspired by Jim’s presence on the program.

 

 

 

777 Prayer Oakland, CA – October 29th
300 churches, 2100 street corners, 7:00pm, 7 minutes of prayer to take back the city of Oakland. MMC manned a corner and it was an amazing event.

November 9th – Iron Sharpens Iron San Francisco
This is our 2nd year in San Francisco and we’re anticipating an awesome event. Please pray for the keynote and seminar speakers as well as the men who will be attending.

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Perspectives Post for October 2013 Newsletter

This month’s article comes to us from David Gregg, Regional Director of CSB Ministries. If you have attended one of the Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conferences in the Northern California area sponsored by MMC, chances are you have seen David at his Christian Service Brigade table in the lobby. In his article, “Who Gets to Take Credit?”, David discusses counseling people in their fight with sin and the struggles that lie within. We hope you’ll find it encouraging!

Who Gets to Take Credit?
I struggle in knowing how to counsel people in their fight with sin. I don’t want those I counsel to think, as is so often so easy, that if they just work a little harder the sin will simply sluff off like a case of dandruff. Read more…

 

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Understanding Manhood: Featured 2013 October Newsletter Post

We’ve featured an article or two from Jeff Abramovitz in past newsletters. This month, we’re showcasing an article that Jeff wrote called, “Do We Choose Our Legacy or Does Our Legacy Choose Us?” Jeff introduces some good, thought provoking questions that we think will challenge you when you consider the question of your own legacy and what we’re doing to glorify and honor Jesus Christ as we navigate along through our daily lives.

Do We Choose Our Legacy or Does Our Legacy Choose Us?
I’ve been more focused the last few years as an aging man (aren’t we all?) around the concept of legacy and leaving something of more value behind than when I arrived in my “all together” (as my grandma would say). And, as a father, this is exacerbated. This feeling that I want to leave something to my children that is of infinitely more value than a monetary inheritance has nipped at my heart quite often. Read more…

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New Resources from Dr. Kevin Barnes, Sr.

If you have attended any of the Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conferences sponsored by Men’s Ministry Catalyst in the Northern California area over the past couple of years, you have most likely seen or heard Dr. Kevin Barnes, Sr. He is one of MMC’s “go-to guys” for our conferences. Dr. Barnes is a well-known and respected authority on fatherhood and mentoring young men – especially in an urban setting, such as the area around his church in Oakland, CA.

Now, we’re excited to share with you that Dr. Barnes has a series of new books being published. How to Survive & Thrive in Times Like These – Volumes 1 and 2 are now available for pre-order (they will be available some time during the month of October) while Volume 3 will tentatively be available in the early part of 2014.

MMC encourages you to visit Dr. Barnes website (which will soon have ordering details for these new books on it) or call 510-653-0315. You may also download a PDF version of the image shown here for you reference.

Thanks!

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Upcoming Events: 777 Pray

Men’s Ministry Catalyst is privileged to work with churches across the United States. We get extremely excited when we see God moving in particular communities. One of those communities is Oakland, CA.

We hope that you, as men of God, will join with MMC and pastors in the Oakland community as they pray for their city.

Here’s the info we received from Pastor Gerald Agee, Presidents of Pastors of Oakland:

Greetings Pastors,

On October 22nd @ 4pm all pastors are asked to come to City Hall, located at 14th & Broadway in downtown Oakland for a photo shoot. At 5:30pm we will go into the city council chambers and call for a fast in Oakland – from the mayor to the guy on the street.

Will you join us as 300 churches on 2100 corners pray for the peace of Oakland? On October 29th @ 7pm for 7 minutes, we will pray for our city. Each church has selected 7 corners ideally situated within their church neighborhood to cover those corners in prayer, holding a candle or flashlight on each corner.

To learn more about this exciting initiative, please visit the 777 Pray website.

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Upcoming Event: FOR GOD’S SAKE. FIGHT.

Men’s Ministry Catalyst is pleased to let you know about an exciting event coming to the Northern California area for men. Check out the following and we hope you’ll attend!

Are you ready to fight? That’s right, God created each man with the heart of a warrior and the desire to fight for what’s right. Whether you admit it or not, your heart, your marriage, and your family are in a battle zone and it’s your responsibility to fight for what matters most.

The FOR GODS SAKE. FIGHT simulcast event with author & pastor Craig Groeschel is coming up next Saturday, October 26, 9 am to 11 am PDT at New Life Christian Fellowship, 1125 Terra Nova Blvd, Pacifica, CA.

All men are invited and welcome! We look forward to seeing you there. Just let us know headcount so we can have enough snacks available.

Check out the promo video:

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September was B-U-S-Y

Men’s Ministry Catalyst was out and about quite a bit during the month of September. Here’s a breakdown of some of the events that MMC was involved with this past month:

  • Rancho Cordova Leadership Workshop on September 7 – James and Whitney Steiner had approximately 40 men attend, representing 16 churches. Praise God for these leaders and their desire to minister to men in their region!
  • James attended a dinner for Forge Adventure Men’s Ministries on September 9th. This dinner had approximately 20 men from 6 churches in attendance.
  • On September 10th-12th, MMC was invited as a seminar speaker at the Central Pacific District Foursquare Pastor’s Conference. Over 300 pastors from Northern & Central California, Nevada, and Utah attended. James presented a seminar on “Developing a Vibrant Ministry to Men”, which was very well attended.
  • Jim Grassi attended the National Coalition of Ministries to Men Conference in Washington DC September 16-18. Jim had the privilege to promote all of his new books along with Thomas Nelson Publishers at this year’s conference. Many great contacts were made and MMC is excited about what the future holds thanks to Jim’s dedication to create engaging books for men to dive deeper into discipleship and developing a close walk with God.
  • MMC had the privilege to exhibit at this year’s Men Pursuing Purity Conference in Mountain View, CA on September 14th.
  • Jim was also invited to speak to and meet with several NFL teams during the month of September, which afforded him some great opportunities to speak the truth of God’s Word into many of these talented player’s lives.

Thank you for praying and partnering with us! To God be the glory!

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Upcoming Events

October is shaping up to be another busy, but exciting month full of opportunities to minister to men and glorify our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Here’s what’s coming up for MMC:

  • Jim’s newest book, The Spiritual Mentor, has been released and is now available to purchase in bookstores across the nation.
  • Iron Sharpens Iron Sacramento is happening on October 12th!
  • MMC is sponsoring a Leadership Workshop in Modesto, CA on October 26th.
  • Jim will be appearing as a guest speaker on the Hour of Power television show on October 27th. Please pray that Dr. Grassi will glorify God through this opportunity.
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