Men tend to share a common fear of small group Bible studies. So, how do you break through this attitude to help men jump in? Empowerment has found a good answer that might help you or your church. We have discovered a learning and group process that motivates men to participate and unleashes their desire to play a significant role in the lives of those they love.
If you look at the elements in our logo, you will be able to catch our vision: Empowering Men for Christ. The methods we use help fulfill this dream and are so easy that any man our group can use them.
You will discover that the Empowerment approach removes your fears and places you on a path toward spiritual leadership. Yes, we said “spiritual leadership.” Deep in our hearts we realize that obligation for our marriages and families, but just don’t know where to begin. No one ever trained in this lost art. The simplicity of Empowerment will help change that for you. Here are some life-changing outcomes you will discover:
Empowerment uses a small group discussion model:
Empowerment groups share a common method for journaling that provides familiarity and a comfort level to the participants. Each week we get better at journaling as we learn from each other. Our journaling uses the simple S.O.A.P. method…
S ~ Scripture: After reading the assigned passage, you choose a verse that stands out or is meaningful to you. You actually write the verse out after the letter “S.” You will discover that this is more than a manual exercise; it guides your mind and heart into greater understanding.
O ~ Observation: Then you record the factual observations you see in the verse. The goal is to uncover the biblical truth from the actual words in the Bible. You are simply recording what God is saying in the verse. This process is not about opinions or suggestions, but just the facts. Do you remember Dragnet? “Just the facts, ma’am.”
A ~ Application: If God has said what you observed in the verse, then what are the implications for your life. How could or should you apply that truth. Our desire is to put shoe leather to our faith so that it changes us. This step is critical to reposition us as followers of the Lord. The key is to be personal and practical.
P ~ Prayer: You conclude by writing a brief prayer of commitment based on the truth in your verse. Let the Lord know what you desire or plan to do as you walk out the door into your life.
Just as soap cleanses the body, our prayer is that this process will help us cleanse our lives as we seek to honor God and radiate his love to others.
Since nothing happens without leadership, key leadership roles are necessary to bring Empowerment to life? Here are three critical roles in this ministry:
Pastor Ron Gannett provides leadership to the Empowerment ministry and is anxious to help you find a group that works for you. New groups are always in the works, so contact him to get empowered. You will be glad you did!
Here is a current list of groups, meeting times and leaders. Feel free to contact any group leader to discover what is a good fit for you.
Leader: Dave Thomas
Leader: Les French
Leader: Kenneth Kiker
Leader: Martin Falkowski
Leader: Jerry Emmons
Leader: Ron Rivas
Leader: Ronald Morris
Leader: Charles Darland
Leader: Roger Bogard
Leader: Brent Carlson
Leader: Terry Jackson
Leader: Ron Kari