About Men's Ministry
Men Passionately Pursuing God
NLCC Men’s Ministry is still young, but we’re working hard to develop meaningful environments where NLCC’s Core Values can be developed and encouraged in the lives of men, for the good of their own lives, their homes, their church, their neighbourhoods, and their workplaces.
On Our Knees
We desire for men to experience the longing expressed by the psalmist in Psalm 42:1-2 (NLT):
As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.
I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before Him?
God invites every man into a relationship of deep trust, dependence, and partnership with God, expressed in a growing life of prayer and worship - personally, with his family, and with the church.
Living the Gospel
We desire for men to discover their identity and pursue maturity in Christ, teaching them to study and apply Scripture in their personal lives, relationships, and life’s calling. Scripture calls this “being transformed by the renewing your minds” so that you will “be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2, NIV).
We resonate with Paul’s admonition to Timothy: “But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run away from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you” (1 Timothy 6:11-12, NLT).
With Shared Lives
We desire for men to pursue authentic, supportive, transparent relationships with other men, across the generations. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:12, NIV). God has always worked to transform and strengthen men through the influence of mentors, spiritual companions, and small groups. Paul encouraged this kind of dynamic when he wrote to Timothy: “You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others” (2 Timothy 2:2).
Through Generous Love
We desire for men to discover their deepest purpose in Christ. The world apart from Christ “offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions,” which are all “fading away, along with everything that people crave” (1 John 2:16-17); the pursuit of these things often results in many personal and relational struggles! But Jesus teaches us a much deeper purpose: love – a love that expresses itself in sacrificial service, abundant generosity (see 1 John 3:16-18), and leadership that is never self-serving (see Luke 22:25-26). We desire to see men living this life of loving service in their families, neighbourhoods, church and workplace.
We share great food, conversation, and biblical encouragement from godly men who are passionately pursuing God, both from within and outside of NLCC. This is a great place to develop friendships with other men who can walk beside you as you passionate pursue God. Bring your friends and neighbours. There is something for all men within our upcoming sessions.
Throughout the year there are lots of ways that men can get involved.
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Men's Ministry offers two retreats annually, focused on the relationship between fathers and their children.
Our Father/Daughter Retreat is in September and is a great time of bonding, waterfront activities and campfire activities. Registration starts in August.
Father/Son Retreat happens in June and is a great time of bonding, fishing, and great BBQ food. Click here for more information about this year's retreat.
C316 Men's Groups
"Let the message of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17
A C316 men's group is a group of 3-5 men who meet regularly (weekly or biweekly) in a safe place to connect, read and reflect on Scripture, and pray together. You don't have to be a biblical scholar to participate; the point is for ordinary guys to sit before Scripture and to learn together, from Scripture and from one another's life experience, how to live out their identity as those rescued by grace and shaped by the Spirit.
At the centre of a C316 group's time together is time to read a section of Scripture (8-10 verses) and then to discuss and share, guided by these four simple questions:
- What's the concern?: What problem, question, longing, need, hope, pitfall or opportunity is being addressed here?
- What's the answer?: What answer, explanation, warning, promise, insight, perspective about this issue is God offering, through the biblical author, to those receiving this message?
- What's the connection?: Where do I experience this issue in my own life, and how does this answer help me see more clearly, understand more fully, speak and act more faithfully to my identity as a follower of Christ?
- What's my response?: What's one way I can think, speak, or act in obedience to what God is telling me?