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