By Dr. Rick Vance
The mission statement of the Center for Men’s Ministries is “Coaching men to thrive through Christ, so others may know Him.”
As we begin 2020, I challenge you think about this mission statement.
The first part of this statement, “Coaching men to thrive…,” indicates that, as people involved in men’s ministry, we are called to relational action. Coaching, (a form of development in which an experienced person, called a coach, supports a learner or client in achieving a specific personal or professional goal by providing training and guidance) is in itself a form of relationship that requires us to know a man and work with him to achieve his goals to not only know Christ, but to excel and grow in his relationship with Christ. This is more than an invitation or breakfast meeting. To coach men to thrive, requires us to be intentional in meeting with men in accountable relationships and providing suggestions and resources based on their journeys.
The outcome of this relationship is to help men have an extraordinary relationship with Christ and be involved in exceptional and meaningful ministry.
The second part of the statement, “so others may know Him.” Recognizes that we are not in relationship with Christ just for our own wellbeing. While this is important, we are called to be disciple-makers, people who invite others on their journeys of thriving through Christ.
The Center for Men’s Ministries has many resources and training opportunities to help men and local churches reach, mentor and coach men. If you are up to the challenge of coaching men to thrive through Christ, we can be your resource center. Just call.
Blessings on the journey
The Rev. Dr. Rick Vance, director of the Center for Men’s Ministries
General Commission on UM Men