At the heart of masculinity is loving sacrificial leadership seen in terms of physical and spiritual protection and provision. Therefore the aim of this ministry is to specifically develop men of God, married and single, young and old, through teaching and training in biblical manhood.
Through teaching, application and prayer, we hope that:
- Unmarried men will grow in purity and single minded devotion to Christ
- Married men will grow as Christlike husbands and fathers
- A brotherhood will grow amongst all the men so that one-one discipleship and a culture of mentoring develops throughout the church
We usually have two seasons of study (fall and winter) annually, consisting of 4-6 weekly sessions.
Theology and Philosophy of the Men’s and Women’s Ministries
We believe that God displays his glory through his design for manhood and womanhood, which creates human flourishing in the family, church and culture.
Masculinity and femininity is not defined by marital status but is based on who we are by nature, created male and female in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27). However, distorted and confused teaching on biblical sexuality and gender roles has blurred the complementary differences between men and women. In effect, many people cannot answer: What does it mean to be a man and not a woman? Or what does it mean to be a woman and not a man?
Therefore our men’s and women’s ministries have the specific aim of teaching biblical manhood and womanhood and developing mature men and women of God. We want to define and display Christ-redeemed sexuality in the church in all our different relationships. So we aim to affirm the equality, but delineate the difference. And we want to celebrate both.
See the Danvers Statement for our theological position on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.