Several years ago, Tim and I joined forces to create New 4RMations Men’s Ministry. After years of ministry education, and decades of church service, we began to feel there had to be a better way to engage Christian men than just inside the Church. Yes, we love the Church, but our experience told us that many men are not finding the things that resonate deep within their souls.
So, we created a ministry platform to reach men, including our podcast, Conversations on the Masculine Journey, themed adventure trips, spiritual retreats, and personal coaching & spiritual direction services. We exist to help men get their hearts back!
We believe that being a Christian man is about much more than going to church and being an all around “nicer” guy. It is about stepping into the adventure of who we’ve been created to be. It is filled with risk, battle, passion, and desire. In fact, it is through entering those things that God raises us up as men that can be entrusted with His kingdom.
Quiet times, men’s prayer breakfasts, Sunday sermons and serving as an usher at church are not likely to train men or take them into that adventure. Messages like Seven Tips To Be A Better Husband and Three Things You Need To Do This Week To Be A Better Christian feel more like a burden and are more likely to make them “check out” than engage a genuine friendship with God, let alone set out on an adventure with Him.
Many of today’s Christian men are content to passively sit on the sidelines of life, avoid risk, defer responsibility, and play the part of the “nice Christian guy”. In many ways, they are “unfinished men,” lacking initiation into the masculine journey, timid in the face of adversity, unsure of who they are before God, the profound dignity he has bestowed on them, not to mention living into that. And, that impacts everyone around them negatively. True masculinity…courage, integrity, purpose, settled strength, resolve and action, is not easy to find these days.
Men need to get their hearts back! They’ve been covered up by suburbia, cubicles, the daily grind, wounds, things they missed in their youth, shattered dreams, and messages from the pulpit that often tell them they are coming up short. Slowly, the masculine heart succumbs to a passive indifference to the status quo; a resignation that, “This is as good as it gets.” Or, the heart becomes hard and creates driven, self-obssessed men, who don’t care what their impact is on other people. But, there is more to the Christian life than church, behaving well, controlling everything, paying bills, and dying to finally go to Heaven to get some relief. There is an adventure that is calling that will satisfy their souls at their deepest levels now.
No, we are not about reinforcing a patriarchal society. No, we are not about three tips to this and four tricks to that. Neither are we about sin management/behavior modification; we see that as a byproduct to a life well connected to God.
We are, however, about a brutally honest, no-BS quest into the deep passions and desires of a man’s heart. We are about learning who we are as masculine image-bearers, who God really is, learning to interpret our stories in the context of God’s larger story, dealing with the wounds we’ve taken along the way, fighting the Enemy, taking responsibility, pursuing the hearts of others, identifying & engaging our callings, and passionately entering the, “…Life and life to the full” (John 10:10), that Jesus says he came to bring.
So, we invite you to subscribe to our podcast, come on one of our adventure weekends, participate in one of our retreats, and join our online community on Patreon. God prepared in advance, good works for you to do…and only you, uniquely, can do them. But, it starts with getting your heart back. Are you ready?
Your feedback in the “community” section on Patreon is greatly appreciated. We also welcome suggested topics for podcasts and are glad to answer any questions, and of course, for you to become a patron.