What are the Sunday/Wednesday morning groups?
Since I came on board as the men’s director in the summer of 2019, I have felt this tangible sense that the men of Pulpit Rock Church really want community. Heck, I even had one guy at our monthly Beers & Brothers Fellowship tell me “I don’t really like people but I know I need people.” Yes. We really do have a monthly beer night.
Sunday and Wednesday morning studies have been an exciting time. There isn’t a curriculum, so no one feels that they have to wait to attend until another session begins. Each week men of all ages and stages in life meet, encourage each other and discuss the topic of the day. It’s really cool to eavesdrop on the different tables, and see how differently they’re processing a topic or just life in general. Come as you are. Share what you will. Let the Lord guide.
What do you hope that a ministry to men would provide for the men of Pulpit Rock Church?
Relationship & Growth are the two things that me and the Men’s Ministry leadership team really hope for and discuss as we make decisions. Men stereotypically seem to be ok with isolation but also have this innate longing to be connected – a part of something bigger. I for one know that I’m at my best and thriving when I’m with others. Maybe out of context but remember that, “it is not good for man to be alone”?
Our Sunday and Wednesday studies bring men together. Single guys, dads of young children and empty-nesters all coming together to uplift each other and listen to what the Lord has to say to us. In these laid-back settings men have connected with other guys who have similar hobbies and interests. There have been guys who have begun golfing together, gotten out on their mountain bikes together, etc. Putting ourselves out there is typically the hardest part.
Over the course of the year, we will have opportunities for relationship & growth through weekly and monthly gatherings, and other events. Some of the things we’ve done in the past have been camping, game nights, bonfires, outdoor games, and worship. While not set in stone, this year we are kicking around having another camping trip and even a Wild at Heart retreat. Options for service and outreach through Love Your Neighbor and COSiloveyou are plentiful.
What do you wish every man at Pulpit Rock would experience, as a part of this community of faith?
What I see flourishing here at Pulpit Rock Church is authentic community. The guys here are really welcoming and realize that we are better together. They are truly striving for that relationship & growth that I keep mentioning. We long to love the Lord deeply, be the best friends – husbands – dads – etc. that we can be with His help, and in community with likeminded brothers. Our gatherings are genuine and practical, providing a space for God to show up.