At CCF we've been rethinking men's ministry. It's ironic... you can't get a man to take time off from work or family to attend another meeting, just to tell him that he needs to spend more time with his family and excel at his work! So when you can get a group of men to meet weekly to worship & study the Word in small group, something must be pretty special to keep them coming back... and our men wouldn't miss their weekly meetings together for just about anything! Learning to be transparent about their lives, sharing personal life details and receiving prayer and ministry, well, these things don't just happen unless you've developed a safe atmosphere where what's shared with the group, stays with the group... where deep friendship and honest relationship are being built... and where spiritual growth is encouraged and each step forward is applauded and Christ is glorified!

Sure, we have work days at the church, men's breakfasts and retreats & outreach, but the strength of the men's ministry is built on 1st century discipleship... just building relationships that say, "Let's come alongside one another while we walk this season of life together and maybe my strengths will help you, and your strengths will help me, and together we can experience real friendship in Christ."

 

As a middle-aged single man, I wondered how I might fit into a church teaming  with younger families and children, but I have to say that I have finally found a place to call home! I wouldn’t miss our men’s group that meets weekly. We’re just a regular group of guys from all walks of life, enjoying learning about God and each other. I have really felt like I’ve been growing in my walk with God and I can honestly say that sharing my life with others has encouraged me and challenged me!

 

 As a young man I wanted to attend seminary but was told that I shouldn't.  I've always felt the call of God on my life, but going to church just wasn't for me.  In fact, I hadn't been in church for years when my neighbor invited me to CCF.  The minute I walked in the door, I knew this was different than any other church I remembered.  People were so friendly!  It wasn't long before God was once again calling me to serve Him. I'd never been discipled before and I believe that has made all the difference. Now, I have built relationships with some guys and I disciple them.  My hunger to know God and grow in Him has intensified and I am so thankful that God brought me to a church where men have become my mentors and closest friends!

 

I practically grew up in church and when the opportunity to go to Hong Kong as a missionary came up, I was eager to go.  Little did I know how ill-prepared I was spiritually for such a task.  When I finally returned to the states, I was burned out and far away from God.  Instead, I married a beautiful Chinese woman and had two children.  My life was all about making money and success.  I became a corporate executive, but my personal life was in shambles.  Finally, lying face down on the basement floor of my home, I cried out in desperation to God to help me.  I didn't know how He was going to move, so when my wife first told me about CCF, I wasn't really excited about going.  In fact, I'd worked most Sundays for years and didn't like the idea of getting up early on the weekend to do anything, let alone go to church!  But it was the relationship with a spiritual father and mother that totally turned my life around and helped me return to my faith in God.  Through the ministry of CCF my marriage is restored and my relationship with my wife and children is incredible!  How I thank God that He never gave up on me!

 

 As I was growing up at home with my parents, we always went to a big local church.  But the pastor always seemed to be preaching over my head, so I never paid attention to what he was saying.  Instead, I'd draw on the Sunday morning bulletin until church was over.  Later my parents sent me to a church youth camp.  I was about 16 years old when I prayed a prayer to save me, but I really think I was just talked into it.  When I grew up and moved out on my own, I quit going to church altogether.  Then I heard that Pastor Gordon had started a new church. When I visited this church I knew I liked it.  Honestly, I never really knew much about the Bible, but I have grown to love it so much that I am reading it some on my own.  Finally I believed what Jesus had done for me and I gave my life to Him!  On April 30th, 2006 I let the world know that I had truly been saved by getting baptized!  The Lord has used me (and my truck!) over and over again to help people move, to haul landscape materials, and help take the Fall Fun Fest booth to the festival.  And I am so blessed that these little things matter to God and that He loves me!

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