Bethany Assembly of God

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Men’s Ministry

The mission of HonorBound Men’s ministry is growing Godly men through relational discipleship and the power of the Holy Spirit.

The vision of this ministry is to instruct and empower men to be a Godly influence in their families, the church and the community. The Godly man should become a better husband, father, son and citizen of the church and community. The Godly man should be an encourager, servant leader and minister within his spheres of influence.

HonorBound is not a program; it is a call to identify how men see themselves in Christ. Honor Bound men are:

    • • HonorBound to God “…that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.” John 5:23
    • • HonorBound to their families “For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’….” Matthew 15:4
    • • HonorBound to those in need “Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need.” 1 Timothy 5:3
    • • HonorBound to those in spiritual authority “Give proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.” 1 Peter 2:17

In order to do this we reference Psalm 8 and it gives the three things a man needs to know to be a disciple:

    • • Know the God who created man.
    • • Know who God created man to be.
    • • Know what God created man to do.

To achieve this end several activities are planned:

    • • Monthly breakfast meetings or activities to encourage men to get involved in the ministry.
    • • Weekly bible study to instruct, encourage and empower men for ministry in their family, church and community.
    • • Encouraging and developing small bible study and accountability groups to help men become the godly men they were created to be.
    • • Periodic service projects for the church and the body of Christ to encourage men to put feet on their faith.
    • • Encouraging men to get more involved in the ministry of the church.
    • • Training for leadership, being a better husband, father and citizen.
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    Warriors for Christ - (Sundays @ 11:00am)

The Warriors for Christ process is a process which is divided into four separate eighteen month study elements. During the process the men will form strong bonds with each other. They will journey from one eighteen-month plan into the next, staying together each step of the journey. Each plan has a set of nine books which are designed to initially form a foundation of Biblical principles. The books selected will also increase each participants knowledge of Biblical manhood, family responsibilities, financial responsibilities, spiritual health, etc., all elements which are fundamental to a man’s spiritual walk. The books are read weekly, ingested throughout the week, discussed in their weekly session, and ultimately enacted upon in their daily walk.

The eighteen-month plan has a weekly gathering where men start their journey into Biblical manhood. It is during these weekly sessions where the rubber meets the road. It is also during these weekly sessions where the men start to become brothers in Christ. The men pray together, recite their weekly Bible memory verses, and share their opinions and understanding of their weekly reading assignments.

It is also during this process where the men start to open up to each other. They share their struggles, their accomplishments, their hopes and their fears. It is also during the weekly sessions where the men develop a transparency, and where they allow their brothers to correct them biblically, in love, if they are found to be straying from the walk of a Christian man. The group facilitator ensures that all of this is done in love and along Biblical lines. This is the beauty of Biblical brotherhood. The men will go from friendship, to Biblical brotherhood, when God is in the midst.

Stage 1 - The Infantrymen

The books of Plan 1 are designed to establish a foundation of faith. This is the mens introduction into biblical manhood. The books are designed to establish an understanding of biblical principles as well as a basic understanding of what a Godly man looks like.

Stage 2 – The Cavalrymen

The books of Plan 2 are designed to place walls on the support structure built on the foundation of Plan 1. The books of Plan 2 help the men to develop biblical disciplines in their life. The books in Plan 2 will give guidance in overcoming the temptations they face in their daily walk. The men at this point in the process will begin to understand that they are not the only ones experiencing the struggles of the flesh common to all men.

Stage 3 – The Centurions

The books in Plan 3 are designed to buttress, or reinforce, the structure learned in Plan 2. The books in Plan 3 also add a leadership element to their walk. We are all called to be leaders in one respect or another, whether it be home, work, church or community. This Plan initializes the leadership process, and it does it in a biblical manner.

Stage 4 – The Legionnaires

The books in Plan 4 are designed to place men in a position where they weekly bring biblical principles to defend their opinions and understanding of what it was that they have read from their weekly book assignments. By the time the men enter Plan 4, they should have a solid grasp of the Bible and a solid understanding of how to apply the Bible to their walk, their talk, and also to their decision making. Plan 4 men are expected to be ready to lead any Plan, 1-4, if called upon to do so, and also to assume a leadership role in a ministry of the church they are attending.

The Implements for successful completion of a Plan are as follows:

Stage 1 – The Infantrymen - A King Solomon Sword

Stage 2 – The Cavalrymen – A Armor of God Figure

Stage 3 – The Centurions – A Centurion Helmet

Stage 4 – The Legionnaires – A Study Bible (version of the choosing) and a Gal. 2:20 Ring

After successfully completing each stage of the process, a Warrior will be celebrated with a ceremony. The ceremony will be held during a Sunday morning service. At the ceremony, each man will be called upon and recognized for their achievement. They will be awarded the implement of the Plan they were enrolled in and successfully completed. Their success will be celebrated by their family, their brothers, their pastors and their congregation.

Let it be noted that if, for whatever reason, a candidate has not successfully completed their Plan requirements, they will be afforded the opportunity to go through the Plan a second time. This should never be viewed as a failure. We are all called to give God our very best. There is always something to be gained by rereading the assigned books, rediscussing a chapter, a challenge or a struggle. The end goal is, and always has been, to give God our very best. The goal is never be the implement awarded at the end of a Plan. The goal should always be the end result, which is us becoming the men that God that He has called us to be, mirror images of His Son, Our Lord and Our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Men’s Ministry Director – Rev. Gregg Kretschmer