The Need We See
The reason most messages for men ultimately fail is simple, they ignore what is deep and true to a man’s heart and try to shape him up through various forms of pressure and/or guilt. Too many messages are basically “You must try harder and be better.”
Christianity is not first an invitation to become a moral person. It is not first a program for getting us in line or for reforming society. Yes, it has a powerful moral effect upon our lives, but when transformation comes, it is always the after-effect of something else, something at the level of our hearts. At its core, Christianity begins with an invitation to desire.
We believe God has put deep desires in your heart for adventure, beauty, and truth; that is the place God first wants to connect with you for deep, authentic relationship with Him. We are committed to ignite these desires in the men around us and as we do so, we hope they will discover something profound about the heart of God and the heart he gave them as men.
Our Role In Filling The Need
New 4RMations is a non-denominational discipleship ministry equipping men to live full, adventurous lives in Christ through the 4Rs of relationship, rescue, restoration and release, so they may become the men of influence God created them to be, and lead others to do and be the same.
The 4Rs Explained
- Connecting those that do not yet know Christ to Him
- Connecting those that do not yet know Christ to other Christ-followers
- Connecting Christ-followers with other Christ-followers in their geographic areas
- From the Evil One and the kingdom of darkness
- From spiritual immaturity, defeat and bondage
- From resignation and passive indifference to the status quo
- To his true identity in Christ as a gendered image-bearer
- To wholeness and holiness through the power of the Holy Spirit
- To his unique calling, role and ultimate Kingdom contribution
- To influence his family, work, church, friends and broader community for Christ
- To influence others for Christ by leading them through the 4Rs
Our Three-Fold 4RMational Strategy
Keeping in mind that everything we do is ultimately about making disciples, we offer three 4RMational entry points anchored in adventure, beauty, and truth, which are designed to move men from casual observation of Jesus to crucial engagement with Jesus.
Casual Adventures Invite Men In
New 4RMations’ Casual Adventures involve minimal risk and serve as meaningful opportunities to connect around the kind of things guys love. These would be the kind of adventures a man would love to do on his day off or a weekend away.
Critical Adventures Raise Men Up
New 4RMations’ Critical Adventures bring a man to emotional, intellectual and spiritual self-awareness in an atmosphere of trust and affirmation. The formation process is fostered through biblical teaching, reflection, discussion, planning, accountability and action. These adventures involve a higher degree of risk, asking a man to take stock of himself while in community with other men, to answer the question, “Do I have what it takes?”
Crucial Adventures Send Men Out
New 4RMations’ Crucial Adventures are designed to move a man into transformational action in his own life, family, workplace, church, and broader community. Deeper waters require deeper intimacy with Christ (and greater help from those around him). These adventures have a high degree of risk, creating radical dependence on God, strengthened character, spiritual authority and godly influence. The question before him now is, “Does God have what it takes?”
Please see our calendar for more information about specific events that we have planned.
New 4RMations provides a variety of Fee-Based Services to help form individuals and organizations in the image of Christ, including, but not limited to:
- Adventure Ministry 4RMen
- Spiritual Direction 4RMen & 4RWomen
- Christian Life Coaching 4RMen & 4RWomen
- Coaching 4RMinisters
- Relationship Enrichment, Premarital Counseling & Weddings 4R Couples
- Preaching, Teaching & Speaking
- Seminars, Workshops & Retreats
Author Marshall McLuhan once said, “We shape our tools and afterwards our tools shape us.” Quality resources are not a replacement for our God-given ingenuity and insight, but they are an important component of growth, particularly in coaching, spiritual direction and personal development. New 4RMations employs a number of well-respected tools to enhance your formational experience.
Our Key Influencers
It has been said, “You can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep.” We agree as Proverbs 13:20 says, “Whoever keeps company with the wise becomes wise.” The following people and organizations are those we have considered wise, have had a tremendous impact on our own spiritual formation, and consequently have heavily influenced the creation and mission of New 4RMations:
- John Eldredge of Ransomed Heart Ministries
- Larry Crabb of NewWay Ministries
- Dan Allender of The Allender Center
- Mike Breen of 3D Movements
- Terry Walling of LeaderBreakthru
- Keith Webb of Creative Results Management
- Brian Hardin of Daily Audio Bible
- Pablo Giacopelli of The Zone Project
Our Core Values
Crawl, Walk, Run
We value clear intention and excellence. In all things, we commit to starting small, ongoing evaluation, demonstrating excellence, and keeping only that which clearly relates to our mission, is of high quality and bears fruit in the lives of those we serve.
We Only Teach What We Live Ourselves
We value character and integrity. We affirm that we cannot lead where we have not been. We commit to teach only that which we live ourselves while continually seeking after greater wholeness and holiness in our own lives.
Authenticity & Transparency
We value authenticity and personal transparency. We oppose the “poser.” We seek to be open and honest about our own strengths and shortcomings, victories and struggles, accurately represent where we are in the spiritual formation process, and give permission to others to help us see ourselves; the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Transformation Through Intentional Discipleship
We value the transformation Christ brings into our lives. We recognize and commit to intentional discipleship and regular community where our hearts can be fought for, and we can fight for the hearts of others, so that we may all grow into the image bearers we have been created to be.
Equipped & Released
We value the Great Commandment and Great Commission, and affirm that we are equipped to carry them out by the power of the Holy Spirit. We recognize that all spiritual formation ultimately ends up expressing itself “for the sake of others.” We commit to move our spiritual formation into action, doing our best to impact others for good.
We value and welcome all people, regardless of their present relationship with Christ. We commit to treating all people with dignity and respect as image bearers, and continue to love and serve them to the best of our ability, when they receive our message and when they don’t.
Our Statement of Faith
Our Statement of Faith is best summed up in the words of the Nicene Creed.
Non-Profit Religious Organization
New 4RMations is incorporated as non-profit, religious organization in the state of South Carolina. New 4RMations is also a federally recognized 501(c)(3) organization. We are permitted to receive tax-deductible donations and issue annual charitable giving statements to our donors.