Here are the core values on which Men Abiding in Christ Ministries, Inc., is based:
1 Corinthians 10: 31-32
31So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 32Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— 33even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.
The Ministry’s sole purpose is to glorify God. Scripture says that in everything we do, we must do for God’s glory and we aspire to do so in every aspect of this ministry.
We pray that we fulfill 1 Corinthians 1O: 31-32 and that God will use us so that many will be saved.
1 Corinthians 14: 26 - 26What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.
We believe that there is no other physical place on earth that offers grace like a church.
Because of this, the church’s impact on society can be world changing if the men become “followers” of Jesus Christ.
Proverbs 9: 9 - 9 Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.
The Ministry’s focus is discipling men. We are concerned for the men in the USA. Out of the 108 million men in the U.S., only 42 million (39%) profess to have a faith in Christ. Only 6 million (6%) of these men are involved in ongoing discipleship (U.S. Census Bureau; The Barna Group).
33% of all children under the age of 18 will go to bed tonight in a home without a biological father. 40% of first marriages end in divorce, impacting one million children each year. 33% of all children are born out of wedlock (U.S. Census Bureau; Wade F. Horn and Tom Sylvester – Father Facts).
Men have a huge impact on marriages, which impact families, which impacts churches, which impacts society.
Our passion is to help men become fully dependent on Jesus Christ
Matthew 28: 18-19 - 18Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
How do we help men? MAC Ministries has been called to start fighting back by carrying out the Great Commission.
Discipling men to become “followers of Jesus Christ” will enable them to live a life that is significant. We also believe that a significant life can only be obtained by abiding in Christ. It is through this abiding that men bear fruit for Christ and enjoy abundant life.
Ephesians 2: 10 - For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Bob Buford, author of Half Time, explains the difference between efficiency and effectiveness. Efficiency is doing things "right" and effectiveness is doing the "right" things. Many churches offer plenty of events for their men, and many times those events have high participation. However, the most effective events are those events that build relationships between the men and lead to opportunities for discipling. Those churches that take the time to help position their men to be discipled will often be the more effective in producing the outcomes they're desiring.
Ephesians 4: 11-14 - 11It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
It is amazing how many times we hear that God has revealed himself to a man through a relationship with another man. Many times, it’s these trusted relationships that allow men to discover the hidden attraction that they might have to Jesus Christ. The Ministry is focused on helping churches use every opportunity possible to initiate and build relationships among their men. As these relationships grow, we help the church become intentional to push men along the continuum from seeking Christ to becoming dependent on Christ. It is these types of relationships that will sustain any men’s ministry.
John 15: 4-6 - 4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
This is the focus of discipling men: helping us becomes fully dependent on Christ and less dependent on ourselves. We use this same approach with churches and individual men in that we remain humble and prayerful in our approach to ministry. We strive to glorify God not by our own measure but our obedience to His purpose.