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Sowing seeds in the souls of men



As men, we can see how many seeds are in an apple, but only God knows the number of apples in an apple seed. And only God knows the full impact that Stepping Up has made through one solitary homeless shelter in the Southeast.

Last spring, Jim Reece, the CEO of The Atlanta Mission, became convicted that he was spiritually shepherding the lives of hundreds and thousands of homeless men and women, but was not doing a good job with two men who married his daughters. So he challenged them to go through the Stepping Up 10-week men’s study with him.

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The impact was so strong that he began talking to his staff about taking them and some of the men from The Atlanta Mission (one of the largest in the country) through the series. At least 125 men attended, and nearly all of them completed all 10 sessions. Jim indicated that for some of these men, this is the first thing they’ve ever finished in their entire lives. So they wanted to make a big deal of the graduation ceremony. They had a catered meal for 150 men before the ceremony. Then they heard in person from three of the men who had been speaking to them through the video series for the past 10 weeks—Paul Holderfield, Jr., Crawford Lorrits, and me.

I spoke for about 25 minutes about the first three steps of the manhood journey: boyhood, adolescence, and manhood. Then I asked Crawford to come up and speak to the men for 10 minutes about the mentoring step. Then I asked Brother Paul to come up and speak about how his dad was a patriarch and how these men should aspire to the patriarch step. What a great way to challenge men. Both Crawford and Brother Paul were in rare form and the men gave both of them standing ovations!

The Atlanta Mission created a Stepping Up Graduation Certificate, signed and displayed in a nice oak frame. We then had each man come up to receive his recognition. There were cheers, handshakes, high fives, hugs, and words from Crawford, Brother Paul, and me of how proud we were of each man.

We met men who shared incredible stories.

  • One man said his dad has been in jail his whole life and that he never met him until he was 25. His mom would go get high on drugs and leave him and his siblings for weeks. He was six at the time.
  • Another man could hardly wait to go home for Christmas.  It was the first time he had accomplished something that he had received a certificate for, and he was going to give it to his mom as a gift, because he knew she would be proud of it.
  • A father with four sons, whose wife died 12 years ago, said he’s trying to be the dad they never had.
  • Man after man told how he was separated from his wife and children by his poor choices and was determined to get his wife and family back. For each one, this was the step of responsibility he was determined to make after completing the series.
  • Some men had no wife, no children, no living relatives. No family. These men understood after going through the series that they had no person they were responsible for, and they wanted to change that.
  • A dad with four daughters felt he needed to interview his daughter’s date.

I could go on, but one last one.

If you’ve seen the tenth Stepping Up video session, you may recall how Brother Paul shared the story of his father, who as a young fireman was unwilling to shake a black man’s hand. He then talked about his father’s subsequent conversion, his life change, and then how God used him to touch thousands of African-American boys, young men, and men. It’s a great story of redemption.

Well, one of the staff members for The Mission watched that session and, pierced by the Holy Spirit, recognized that his family was just like that–filled with racism.  He repented and confessed his sin of bigotry.

Jim Reece tells me that the men haven’t stopped talking about how honored they felt that night. And I certainly felt honored to read the following in an email I received from him:

“As I look over my six years here, this night was one of the highlights of that time. To watch men who had captured a new vision of what God could do through them was so powerful.  Know how hard you fight for the family, know that Stepping Up is impacting families, not just well families but broken families, families with a chance for a new start with men who really want to be a different man.”

Whether it’s at Wrightsville Prison in Arkansas, or at The Atlanta Mission, men are men.  Broken.  Selfish.  Needing redemption that can only be found in our Savior. Regardless of their station in life, men want to discover and be the men, husbands, fathers, and grandfathers that God created them to be.

The Father has been sowing seeds lately in soil most people have passed off as barren. Only He knows the full extent of the apple harvest yet to come.

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Super Saturday successes



Here are some early reports from Stepping Up Super Saturday events from around the country. We’d love to hear a report or comment from you if you were part of the Stepping Up Super Saturday in some way.

If you missed Super Saturday, no problem. Find out how to go through Stepping Up with a group of guys by visiting SteppingUp.com.

Super Saturday by the numbers

  • More than an estimated 600 events hosted on or around 2/1/14
  • Estimated over 10,000 men attending
  • 133 known Stepping Up@Home events held
  • 316 men attending as reported by the Stepping Up@Home hosts

Some Super Saturday guest comments

  • Super Saturday success“I can now see the importance of doing this in a group session instead of by myself. Overall the need for this idea of manhood, ‘right of passage’, to be ‘mainstream’ is so extreme I feel challenged to help my family and friends and especially the church where the ball has been dropped!”
  • “Thus far the sessions have caused me to pause and opened my eyes and heart to the question at hand. My past has flooded through my thoughts as I have watched and listened to these beginning sessions. They have drawn me in and I long to discover more. Not only so that I can apply these principles as I begin a new chapter in my life, but so that I may also be prepared to minister to and guide my son and son-in-laws.”
  • Super Saturday success“Almost 50 men in Hagerstown, MD! Awesome program, FamilyLife!!!!”
  • “And the Rock Church in Scarborough, Maine is going to have changed lives, families, and marriages!”
  • “I can’t wait to share this resource with the men of my church. This material is exactly what we are looking for to help lead, transform, and feed the men of our congregation.”
  • “This is exactly what the Men’s Leadership Team at my church identified as a need last week. This material is right on target and a great need.”
  • “If this session doesn’t get you motivated in one way or another for the way we as men are to live our lives, then you need to start over! Very good I will be watching these videos again tomorrow! Thank you for this and I am only on session 1!”

Make champions on Super Saturday



Super Saturday facemask videoWhile the numbers weren’t anywhere close to the 164 million who watched last year’s Super Bowl, the effect of the 2013 Stepping Up Super Saturday will be felt for years to come.

Last year, at least 23,000 men gathered around the nation and world, not to watch a championship, but to help each other become champions at home. They met in homes, churches, places of business, and on college campuses. They gathered in groups from a handful to a hundred in all 50 states as well as in Hungary, Mexico, and the Cayman Islands.

And on February 1, the day before this Super Bowl, many of those men will be leading new groups of men through FamilyLife’s one-day Stepping Up™ Video Event. They will follow the lead of men from last year who organized events in their own communities — guys like Frank Johnson and Tony Dronkers — who hosted an event in the Washington DC area to help fellow pastors and men’s ministry leaders. That enabled men to jump start their own churches’ ministry to men. And those men are likely to be leading others through the Super Saturday event next month.

One of last year’s events was organized by a 16-year-old named Westley and two of his friends who had been through Stepping Up material with their church small group leader, and now wanted to encourage and equip other teens to step into their new role as young men.  Fifty teens and grown men ended up being impacted by that event.

Our communities need men who understand God’s unique design and calling on a man’s life and want to share that with guys who are in desperate need of vision, teaching, encouragement, and accountability. The one-day Super Saturday event is a way to get men started on a clear path to courageous manhood.

You can be that catalyst for your church, business, or community. Visit the Stepping Up website to find out where there are events near you. Or better yet, host your own event and  invite men in your circle of influence. All the materials you need to put on an event are available through the website (and right now at more than half off). Videos that give guidance and ideas for pulling it off are also available through the site.

If you have any questions, feel free to post a comment or question on this blog, and we’d be glad to help.

May God bless you as you lead in your home and come alongside fellow believers to help them do the same.

If a play’s a winner, run it again



Maybe you’re one of the many thousands of men who did the Stepping Up Super Saturday event last year. Or maybe you have been part of a weekly Stepping Up men’s video study group.

Run it again.

Why Do STEPPING UP more than once?

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Jeff Kemp with receiver Jerry Rice

When I was with the San Francisco 49ers, we had a play we called Brown Right, Fox 2, Z Post. My receiver ran a post route behind the free safety, who had bitten on the run-play fake. I threw the ball and the receiver caught the pass for a touchdown.  It was a huge help to our team that game, not to mention that Jerry Rice and I loved running that play.

Not too long after that, the coach suggested we run the play again.

What? Again? So soon? We just ran that?

Well, he called the play again so we ran it again … many times, in fact.  It scored five more touchdowns in a six-week stretch of games. Of course, it didn’t look exactly the same, and the players on the field changed a bit each time. But it worked. It was awesome. It scored and it helped our team to WIN.

Maybe you’ve already done a Stepping Up men’s video study. Why would you do STEPPING UP again?

Because it was fun. Guys loved it. It changed lives. It got guys into groups talking about life and Jesus. It gave your church and men’s group a big WIN.

Manhood and discipleship are not one-time events. Stepping Up could be run three times a year in a church and it would not be too much. After all, we retain only 10-20% of what we learn each time. Plus, new guys are always brought and impacted. Friendships are forged, issues are dealt with and manhood is displayed. Men accept Christ and catch vision to disciple their families and other men.

So, as they say, if a play is a winner … don’t forget to run it again!

To find out more about participating in the Stepping Up Super Saturday event the day before Super Sunday, or about doing a video study, visit the Stepping Up website, or just contact us for more information.

Super Saturday: A day before the big game



Experts include Bill Bennett, Tony Dungy, Crawford Loritts, Dennis Rainey and many others

If there was ever a time when men need vision for what it means to be a godly man, this is it. Imagine if we could call men from all walks of life to become courageous, godly leaders in their own lives, marriages, churches, and communities. Well, we can. And it all starts with you.

On the Saturday before the Super Bowl, we’re calling on thousands of churches across America to host a Stepping Up Super Saturday: one life-changing day that could turn the tide for men in your ministry, and across America.

Stepping Up Super Saturday proudly presents the Stepping Up Video Event, a DVD-based kit designed for an all-day event. High quality DVDs deliver dramatic stories, humorous vignettes, man-on-the-street interviews, and expert teaching from the more than two dozen ministry leaders. Watch this video from FamilyLife Vice-President and former NFL quarterback Jeff Kemp to learn more about how you and the other men in your realm can step up on Super Saturday.

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Today’s men are shrinking back when they should be stepping up. Help them tackle the challenges of modern life head on by hosting Stepping Up Super Saturday at your church February 1, 2014. Sign up today, order your Video Event Kit  and….GAME ON!

A new battle for godly manhood begins



Imagine if we could call men from all walks of life to become courageous, godly leaders in their own lives, marriages, churches, and communities. Well, we can. And the new battle for godly manhood starts with you.

Super Saturday battle for godly manhood - FamilyLife Stepping UpFamilyLife proudly presents the Stepping Up Super Saturday Video Event, a DVD-based kit designed for an all-day men’s event. High quality videos deliver dramatic stories, humorous vignettes, man-on-the-street interviews, and expert teaching from 12 renowned men’s ministry leaders, like Dennis Rainey, Robert Lewis, Tony Dungy, and Bill Bennett.

On the Saturday before the Super Bowl®, you can host a life-changing one-day video event that will call and equip men to Step Up to godly manhood! It’s easy, we’ll show you how.

We’re praying that thousands of men across America will host a Stepping Up Super Saturday: one life-changing day that could turn the tide for men in your community, and across America. Last year over 20,000 men attended a Super Saturday Video Event with rave reviews.

“Loved the event. I only heard positive comments from the men in our church. It was well done, we could do it for a reasonable cost, and had 60 men involved in a church of 350 (men, women, and children.) That’s pretty good. I think it hit where the men were at. In the closing comments we had 10-12 men share they were deeply challenged by it. I could tell by their comments that the material struck a chord through which the Holy Spirit is working.”

Courageous Dads event coming soon: Q&A with Mitch Temple



With the upcoming Courageous Dads simulcast coming up on the Friday of Father’s Day weekend (June 14, 2013) we decided to chat with Mitch Temple, the director of the Fatherhood CoMission and the one tasked with spearheading this major fatherhood event.  Here’s our interview with Mitch Temple:

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Stepping Up:  Mitch, tell us a little about yourself and how you got involved with this event?

Mitch TempleMitch Temple:  I am married to the world’s greatest wife (and she’s so blessed! 🙂  Thirty years of wonderful marriage. Three grown children. One granddaughter. And yes, she gets away with murder. I think God shows extra grace for granddads who let things slide. We deserve the favor. 😉 Been in ministry for 30 years, over 20 years in full-time church work helping families and marriages. Spent 14 years at the same church. Served as co-founder and director of Focus on the Family‘s marriage department.  Served as a family and strategic partnership consultant on films like: Fireproof, Grace Card, Not Today, October Baby, and Courageous. Co-founder and executive director of the Fatherhood CoMission. 

SU:  As the director of the Fatherhood CoMission, tell us how the idea of a big blowout Father’s Day event came about.

MT:  The Fatherhood CoMission was birthed out of the movie, Courageous. Several large Christian nonprofits who helped make the movie successful began praying and discussing how they might continue to work together to champion fathers in the church and our culture. The decision was made to birth this organization which is nothing more than a collaboration platform where God’s church and leaders can shout together that dads are important.  

Last November, over 60 key fathering leaders, influencers, and pastors came together at The Fatherhood CoMission Summit at Winshape Retreat in Rome, GA. This was a time for God’s leaders to pray, build relationships, learn, and dream together.  For many, it was one of the highlights of the year. God worked in an extraordinary way to unify and encourage leaders who are in the ditches everyday, championing fathers.  

One of the dreams that came out of this prayer and discussion was the idea of embarking on a significant Father’s Day undertaking – together – as the unified body of Christ.  This idea supported the overall purpose of The Fatherhood CoMission and its members.  After several months of ongoing assessment, meetings, and fervent prayer, we felt God leading us to offer churches and individuals a national Father’s Day weekend simulcast, June 14-16, 2013. Though many ideas were discussed about how we could champion fathers together, this idea seemed to be the most promising.   The vision God gave us was to offer a low-cost, high-quality event which would:

1.     Engage, Encourage, and Edify Dads in their vital roles as Fathers.

2.     Equip churches to champion the cause of Fatherhood locally.

3.     Instill a new vision for what Father’s Day could be in our homes and churches – a time to honor Dads.

4.     To create a yearly platform where the Fatherhood Commission and its partners could champion fatherhood together.

Like the Fatherhood Summit, our desire is for this event to be a collaborative effort where we all work to champion fathers together. And, God is extremely pleased when His people work together on issues as close to His heart as Fatherhood.  

SU: When you asked the men who will be a part of this great event to participate what was their response?  Why were they so willing to be a part of something like this?   

MT: Fathers need encouragement, inspiration, and empowerment. They need someone to champion who they are, telling them they are important, that they are not simply a “second person” in the house and the guy who brings home money. They need to hear that their role as a dad is God-ordained, honorable, respectful, and beautiful and that it can’t be replaced or substituted for. No one can do for a child what a dad can do. Kids need dads in their lives from day one. When Dads are involved, engaged and present, the risks of being involved in things like crime, drugs, pre marital sex – you name it – are greatly reduced. Dads are important. But our culture often sends the opposite message:  “You are a not important, don’t deserve respect, you are not needed, you can be replaced, and your role is not dignified.” Events like Courageous Dads seek to turn that perception around by God’s people shouting together that you are important and we are not only cheering you on but here to equip you and SHOW you what a good dad looks like and how to do this thing called fatherhood.  Courageous Dad is not designed to beat men up, but to empower, inspire and encourage them in their role as father. We’ve brought together some of the greatest leaders of the fatherhood movement: Dennis Rainey – Founder and President of Family Life, Stephen and Alex Kendrick (pastors and producers of COURAGEOUS the movie, Sammy Rodriquez, one of the nation’s most influential Hispanic Christian leaders. Throw in: Comedian Michael Jr., Grammy Award winner Josh Turner, Bobby and Tommy Bowden, Legendary boxer George Foreman, and more. And you have a line up which will inspire men in a way that they have possibly never experienced.  This low cost event can be a tool that churches and pastors can use to really build up and honor the men in the church and their community.  Plus we’ve built practical tools designed to build on the simulcast and provide churches with year-round “father building tools.” Pastors and dads can go right now to Courageous Dads and start downloading incredible resources like phone apps, games to play with your kids, small group materials, fathers day sermons, and more.  

SU:  How will the event be broadcast?  Where can I see it?

MT:   The event will be broadcast via internet. Go to Courageousdads.com to register and to get more information about how individuals and groups of men, even churches, can download the event Friday night June 14 (the Friday before Fathers day). If a church is not hosting the event in your area, no worries – ask your church to simply offer a room or auditorium, gather a group of men, throw in a little popcorn or trail mix and you have an incredible event! Some guys will tune in while traveling home from business trips on a plane, others will gather a few friends and watch it at a coffee shop. The opportunities are endless. Dont miss this great event.

Also, there is something for moms. Courageous Dads has resources for moms to help encourage and inspire their husbands to be involved in the event and their daily role as a father. Moms can view videos on how to encourage and lift up their men and even download free prayer guides which lead them step by step on how to pray for their husbands as fathers. 

SU:  Is this an event for older men?  Younger men?  Father’s and sons?  Who should consider going?

MT:  The event is really for anyone. This is an event you can bring your older children to or watch together in your living room. Young men all the way up to granddads will be blessed by this event. What a great opportunity for older men to “gift” younger men with this experience and encouragement. What a great Fathers Day gift for churches to provide a way to “surprise” dad. 

SU:  What do you hope men come away from the evening doing, feeling and experiencing?

MT:  We want men to walk knowing and feeling that “I can do this!” I am tired of listening to the lies of failure and the enemy. My role is honorable and I intend to live that out every day. Not without mistakes and failures but with the full assurance that God, my family, the church, and my fellow brothers are cheering me on.  

SU:  Where can I find out if my church or others in my area are going to be viewing this?  How easy is it to get this into my church?  

MT:  You can contact Lifeway support through the internet or by phone. Contact information is available through courageousdads.com and when you click on the registration page. 

Its easy to get this in your church. All you have to do is get your pastor or church to give the ok to use the building, register online, have an internet connection, a TV or projector. For a smaller group, a laptop on an apple crate works great!  That’s it.  Any church can do this. Its priced low and easy to access by one dad or a large group of dads. 

SU:  Where do I find all the information I need to register, promote, and share this information online with my friends and other men?

MT:  Go to Courageousdads.com to get general information about the event and even download free promotional tools like Facebook and twitter posts, web banners, marketing posters, postcards, you name it – its there for the taking. 

SU:  Thank you for taking the time to get us up to speed on this great event.  We are proud to join you in partnering with Courageous Dads and know it will be a memorable event for everyone who chooses to take part in it.  So, don’t delay.  Find out if your church is hosting it on June 14.  If not, why not STEP UP and take care of the details so your pastor doesn’t have to, and get everyone in your church to participate.  Imagine what might happen if every man in your church and community was watching this together.  Wow.

The day that changed men’s lives forever



Stepping Up Event as a Men’s Ministry

by Jeremiah Kelly

Editor’s note: One of the biggest needs in our nation is to challenge men to step up to courageous manhood and meet their responsibilities as husbands and fathers. That’s the purpose of FamilyLife’s one-day Stepping Up™ Video Event, which has drawn more than 50,000 men so far this year.  Jeremiah Kelly, a civilian attorney for the U.S. Army Medical Material Command at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland, helped organize one of these events, and in this article talks about the impact in his church.

We were exhausted by cotton-candy Christianity. That’s why our Band of Brothers Men’s Ministry at Frederick Church of the Brethren decided to host the Stepping Up Video Event.  Joe Fitzgibbon and I are lay leaders of the Band of Brothers, and we didn’t want our men to take the gospel for granted. We didn’t want to assume that they understood their duties as articulated in Holy Scripture.

So Joe and I organized the event, which was held on February 2, 2013. About 130 guys worshipped God together and watched the Stepping Up DVDs that featured ministry leaders like Dennis Rainey, Robert Lewis, Voddie Baucham, and others. The day was challenging, and many of the men are still talking about it. Most say something like, “That day completely changed my life and outlook on my roles as a man.”

Open forum

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Before the video sessions began, we handed out a “toolkit” for every man that included a book, workbook, and a sermon series. We also started each session with some teaching about manhood. Over lunch, seven of the older men of the church answered random questions from the attendees. Everything was covered from questions about sex to salvation, from theology to culture. It was an open forum and our guys really seemed to appreciate it.

One of the discussion groups was made up of high school boys. Their dialogue about sexual purity was intense, even uncomfortable at times. I led that group and several of the boys opened up about the mixed messages they are receiving from our culture, about the lure of pornography, and about the sexual one-upmanship among their friends. I was so proud of these young men who accepted the challenge of purity and committed themselves to standing firm for Christ against the tide.

There were also several men at the event from a local rescue mission. They weren’t all Christians and most of them were alienated from their families. I had a chance to talk with a man in his mid-twenties who had a crack addiction. He also had a daughter whom he had not seen in a while.

I was blown away when this young father said that our Stepping Up event manhood conference had reminded him of the awesome responsibility and privilege he has as a man to love his children.  He said it motivated him to get off drugs and clean up his life, by the grace of God.  And because we took so much time to speak directly and explicitly about the gospel, he left knowing that he needs Christ to do it.

After the Stepping Up event

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We have spent countless hours following up with the men who attended our Stepping Up event. It’s been very encouraging. Several of them have given their lives to Jesus Christ.

Hosting the Stepping Up event was a great way to draw a line in the sand for the men in our church. Instead of cotton-candy Christianity, our Band of Brothers is committed to standing for Jesus. Despite our failures, we are disciples following hard after Him as husbands, as fathers, and as leaders in Christ’s church.

Click here for more information about hosting a Stepping Up event.

This article was first published by FamilyLife’s Marriage Memo FamilyLife©

Men Stepping Up — A Super Saturday recap



Four weeks ago, we were in great anticipation of the Super Saturday Stepping Up event that was about to explode across the nation with more than 23,000 men attending more than 1,000 events from Alaska to Florida and New Hampshire to Hawaii.  Though the fervor has died down, the stories that came out of that great event are uncovered almost daily.  This past week, FamilyLife sent out their newsletter, The Family Room with an article about what happened on Super Saturday.  We thought it would be good to share some of the stories that we’ve captured at the one month mark after the event and hope you are continuing to be encouraged by what God did in so many men’s lives that day.

We know there are more events happening.  If you have an event and want to draw attention to it, don’t hesitate to share your Stepping Up event on our Facebook Page – MenSteppingUp and we’ll post it so that as many men as we can reach know about it.  Additionally, if you are starting a follow up study (like our Stepping Up 10 week video study), share that as well.  Events are great.  They are catalytic and can energize a community, church, or neighborhood.  But, eventually, the energy from the event fades and the only way any movement can be sustained is by leaders stepping up and making it happen.  Tell us those stories as well on our Facebook Page or in the comments below.  Celebration is best done together!  Enjoy the stories of what happened on February 2, 2013 and what God did and continues to do in homes, churches, and communities around the country.

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Men Stepping Up on Super Saturday

History was made on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3, 2013, when a record 164.1 million fans tuned into CBS and watched the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31. But the Ravens weren’t the only champions that weekend. The day before, on Super Saturday, an estimated 23,000 men gathered together for FamilyLife’s one-day Stepping Up Video Event.  These men were not yearning for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Instead, they want to be champions at home.

They met in churches, houses, offices, and on college campuses. They were at retreat centers, restaurants, prisons, and military bases. They met in all 50 states and around the world: in Budapest, Hungary …  Mexico City … the Cayman Islands.

Regardless of where the men gathered on February 2, or the size of their group, they all were taught how to step up courageously to be God’s man. They watched DVDs featuring ministry leaders like Dennis Rainey, Robert Lewis, Matt Chandler, Mark Driscoll, Voddie Baucham, and others.

Dennis Rainey, the president of FamilyLife, decided to show up unannounced at the Super Saturday gathering at FamilyLife in Little Rock, Arkansas.  He went because it was organized by a 16-year-old young man named Westley and two of his buddies. More than 50 men were in attendance there. “I wouldn’t have missed how three young men made an impact on their peers and men of all ages,” Rainey says.

Now stories are pouring into FamilyLife about how God worked through the Stepping Up event. Here are three:

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Lake Ridge Baptist Church and Washington Area Coalition of Men’s Ministries (WACMM)

Pastor Frank Johnson of Lake Ridge Baptist Church (Lake Ridge, Virginia) teamed up with WACMM’s conference director, Tony Dronkers, to host a Super Saturday Stepping Up event. WACMM is focused on helping not only pastors, but also the leaders of their men’s ministry. Dronkers says that Super Saturday was a great fit. Pastor Johnson wanted to jump start his ministry to his men, and WACMM was able to bring some other churches together to share the opportunity.

So on February 2, more than 60 men watched the Stepping Up videos at Lake Ridge Baptist Church. Twenty-three were from the host church; the rest were from the community and other small churches in the area. One man drove about 100 miles with his son to attend.  “I loved the conference and the impact it had in reminding us who we are called to be as men of God,” he said.

For Lake Ridge Baptist Church, Super Saturday was a starting point for a men’s ministry. Pastor Johnson is now leading the Stepping Up follow-up series for the men in his church. Twelve men attended the first session. One of them, Scott, brought his three sons, and said, “I am using this as part of the answer to God’s call to raise my sons to be courageous young men.”

Crete Berean Church (Crete, Nebraska)

Pastor Kyle Bond had been praying that God would direct him to a simple curriculum that could be used as a catalyst to get men motivated to being the men that God has called them to be. He believes that Stepping Up was an answer to his prayer.

Eighteen men, ranging from 27 to 82 years of age, came to the Super Saturday event at Crete Berean Church. Pastor Bond said, “To a man, they have all said it was great and challenging.” One of the men had recently …

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Dennis Rainey’s ‘Thank you!’ for Stepping Up on Saturday!



This past Saturday a truly amazing thing happened. Literally tens of thousands of men gathered in over 1,200 locations … churches, homes, basements, college campuses, retreat centers, restaurants, prisons, and military bases.

They met across the US in ALL 50 states … in Budapest … Hungary… Mexico City… the Cayman Islands …

They shared their life-changing experiences on blogs, Facebook and Twitter … they texted … they prayed … and many made life-altering decisions of faith in Jesus Christ.

It was the Stepping Up  Super Saturday, where men were challenged to STEP UP to courageous manhood and become God’s man!

Stepping Up at FamilyLife

I’ve heard tons of stories, but I experienced one event myself. I decided to show up unannounced at the Super Saturday gathering here at FamilyLife headquarters. Why did I go to that location? Convenience? Nope. Because it was here at the office? Nope. I’ll tell you why … it was because there were over 50 men in attendance — ALL BECAUSE A 16-YEAR-OLD YOUNG MAN, WESTLEY, AND TWO OF HIS TEENAGE BUDDIES STEPPED OUT AND STEPPED UP! I wouldn’t have missed how three young men made an impact on their peers and men of all ages by stepping up! GREAT STUFF!!!

I want to thank every one of you who attended Super Saturday — even the women who cheated and “found a way to listen in” — for caring enough about your families to step up, reach out, and make a difference. If you attended, write me. If you brought your sons and/or sons-in-law with you, tell them to write me.

But know this … Super Saturday was just the beginning. That single event is spawning hundreds of men’s groups that are now going to go through the 10-week follow-up series, where even more life change will occur. Stay tuned … we’ve only begun to battle for men!

Keep on Stepping Out and Up,

Dennis Rainey

(1 Corinthians 16:13-14)

Excerpted from FamilyLife’s enewsletter, “FamilyLife Friends.”

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