We come alongside church leaders and missionaries around the world to help them reach and disciple men.
In the United States, a man who is serious about his walk in Christ can join up with other godly men to connect and build friendships, grow and improve in life and godliness, and make a difference through service in his Kingdom. Not so elsewhere.
When Brad was in India in February 2004 for a ministry-strategy session with local pastors, his question about Indian men’s ministry resulted in a blank stare: India’s churches, like so many in the world, are suffering from a lack of men. And amazingly, the churches are not doing anything about it.
God established His church to teach His Word. If men are not discipled by the church, who will teach them? If we believe that the Bible says men are to lead, that they are to be strong, holy, humble, prayerful men of God, then we must show them how.
“I didn’t know the biblical definition of a man until you came.”
Men of Valor launched that November when Brad was invited back to India to speak to forty pastors in the northeastern state of Assam about reaching men. The response was astonishing: Church and denomination leaders said they had not heard anything like this before. In a region where Christianity has grown for some 100 years, they had never heard of a men’s conference, men’s Bible studies, or worse, biblical manhood.
Church and denomination leaders said they had not heard anything like this before.
Leaders took the detailed messages and repeated them to other pastors, and even created a Bible college course. One pastor said, “I didn’t know the biblical definition of a man until you came.” Subsequent conferences in Zambia, Tanzania, Portugal, Japan, Ghana, Nicaragua, South Africa, Russia, Malawi, Peru, Kenya, Haiti, Paraguay, Burundi, and many others have confirmed the validity and applicability of the messages.
The Lord has made it clear that these messages and this ministry crosses cultures with impact.
Men of Valor has served thousands of men and their families from hundreds of churches―pastors; church leaders; and just regular guys, young and old, single and married. After conducting several dozen conferences on five continents, the Lord has made it clear that these messages and this ministry crosses cultures with impact. It resonates in the hearts of bishops, pastors, elders, laymen, and men from the streets.
Men ask forgiveness of their wives and families and restore relationships, men realize they need to be in prayer and Bible study, men get excited. Pastors are reconciling with men who had walked away, churched men are reaching out to husbands of church-going wives, churches are reaching unbelieving men, churches are organizing their men into small groups to launch men’s discipleship, bishops are committing to leading their men to become the next generation of elders, families are returning to the church, churches are growing, community men’s ministries are starting, and MOV materials are being used in Bible schools, and more.
We’ve had a chance to kick-start men’s discipleship in these countries and see God bless in many ways. Given a man’s influence, the impact is huge. They have a crucial role, and they have an enormous impact on the family, the church, and the society.
The messages, mission, and methods of Men of Valor are changing the international church.