GFC Shrewsbury Men's Ministry
GFC Shrewsbury Band of Brother’s Overview
“Transformation Through Relationship”
GFC’s Men’s Ministry (Known as “Band of Brothers”) is dedicated to the vision of leading men to recognize their calling, need for healing, and dependence on Christ and other men. The vision is simply this: “for men to experience transformation through relationship”. Men learn through relationship how to lead a life that reflects Christian character, and encourages a desire for accountability. We strive to provide an atmosphere that is Spirit led, instructing, encouraging, equipping, and challenging men. A safe environment where they can share their struggles, questions, and victories. Men will discover their true identity in Christ, the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, their unique calling and gifting, reflecting Jesus Christ more and more in their lives.
We seek to get men to start thinking with the mind of Christ instead of a man-centered worldview. This is done through providing opportunities for men to grow in their faith, connect with other men, and develop long term relationships of deep friendship and accountability. We explore the common characteristics of biblical manhood that God has called men to be in their home, workplace, community, and church. Men are welcome regardless of church affiliation, or degree of Bible knowledge. We encourage those with a desire to develop relationships of support, encouragement, and accountability with other men in our common battle with sin, and our desire to be men who reflect Christ in our lives. There are currently several opportunities for engagement with one more in development:
“Men’s Video Series”
*Thursday evenings (7PM weekly)
The primary focus is to draw men that are attending church but not accustomed to men's groups into an introduction of relationship with Jesus and other men and what that entails. Our desire is to create an atmosphere that accepts men where they are, reliance on Holy Spirit to bring about change in the individual, encourage men to invite others to speak into their lives, and to emphasize relationship not religion. We do this through large and small group discussions of what has impacted us most from the videos we watch, what spiritual truth is Holy Spirit revealing to us in a new way, and how to personally apply what principles we have learned. Another way to look at this is the Look Back, Look Up, and Look Forward approach. Look back- asking for accountability in my life, look up - what is the Lord revealing to me, and look forward - what is the Lord's vision for my life. We stress Biblical community where prayer is our number one priority, intentional and visible to others. We love each other in a sacrificial way that fosters intimacy with the Lord and each other.
We use video series that encourage, challenge, and equip men to lead the lives that the Lord has designed for them.
Currently meeting in the mini-auditorium outside the main sanctuary. Men are free to start at any time during any of the series, but are encouraged to start at the beginning of a series to get the most out of it. Cost of necessary materials varies with each series. Please see the leader at your table for more information if you start coming after a series has started. Please click on the link below to find out more information on our current series and it's start date.
New Series starting September 10th: "Defined - Who God Says You Are" by the Kendrick Brothers
“Men’s Discipleship Group”
* Saturday mornings (8:30AM weekly year-round)
The primary focus is developing long term life relationships with other men. We desire to create an atmosphere that is Spirit led with discussions that draw men out of their comfort zone and explore their spiritual gifting, provide accountability and encouragement. Emphasis is on personal application and discovering Truth about God, ourselves, our purpose, our identity, and our need for each other. Members are encouraged to be open about their lives with their “brothers”, and find the help and encouragement that they need. Men are often heard saying “I wouldn’t miss this for anything.” The first Saturday of each month the men have breakfast together and give special time to develop friendships.
Currently meeting in room 310, behind the East Cafe. Enter through the doors on the side of Grace's building.
"Men's Bible Study"
*Closed for summer - restarting September 8th, Tuesdays at 730pm.
The primary focus of this group will be developing a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. This will be done through in-depth study of Scripture bringing context, audience, and personal application into the understanding of Scripture. Discussion is based around each person sharing what the Spirit is showing them about a particular piece of Scripture.
Weekly on Saturdays starting at 11:30am at Freedom Cigar & Tobacco Shop, located at 20 East Franklin Street in New Freedom.
The primary focus of this group is to develop deeper relationships with other men by engaging those who do not know Christ with those that do and having spiritual discussions in a non-threatening manner. We do this by engaging in an off-site social atmosphere while enjoying a good cigar (optional) and refreshments. We engage in spiritual questions provided by Holy Spirit that stir deep conversation and questions. We also just enjoy talking about whatever comes to our minds regarding work, hobbies, etc.
“Men’s Special Events"
The primary focus of this group is to develop relationships (bonding) around shared interests, promotion of deeper growth through seminars, and most importantly to establish a continued presence in areas where non-believers frequent in order to establish relationships in a non-church environment. Events will be developed based on common interests that bring about connections with other men. Events can also be based on games that would promote male bonding and teamwork. Seminars will have as their focus topics that meet the needs of the men. Lastly, the team desires to reach non-believing men by establishing an ongoing presence in venues that provide the opportunity to share life, and by just loving and accepting them where they are. Then when Holy Spirit and the person invites the conversation, we share the Gospel. Many of these people have been turned off by Christians that talk the faith, but do not walk the faith in regard to loving and accepting people. Instead they have been judged, not loved.
For more information contact Bill Purcell at , the church office at 717-235-8390, or visit our website at http://gfcshrewsbury.org/ministries/mens/.