Vision: The Men’s Ministry at APC seeks to inspire men to become passionate followers of Christ, living out their individual callings.
Mission: We will connect, encourage, support, and equip men -- through Christ-centered worship, prayer, Bible study, teaching, and fellowship -- to fulfill God’s call on their lives to impact their family, community, the nation, and the world.
Invitation: We invite men of all ages to pursue a deeper relationship with Christ so that they will be better equipped for life and service in a way that strengthens and extends the Kingdom as expressed in APC’s mission. To realize our vision, we seek to “capture” men in a kind of funnel (see schematic below): At the highest level, we offer breakfast gatherings, fellowship excursions, and retreats to engage as many men as possible and spur interest in pursuing additional activities and relationships. Further down the funnel, the ministry involves smaller group activities, such as men’s Bible studies, seminars, and gatherings for meals. At the bottom of the funnel, are one-on-one friendships, prayer partnerships and mentorship opportunities.
Saturday Morning Breakfast Gatherings: These gatherings (held 3-4 times per year) provide opportunities for the unique fellowship among the men of APC and present men with challenging and inspiring topics designed to help them grow in grace.
Special Excursions: Excursions are mainly about fellowship among the brethren but we also believe that these outings can be very instructive in terms of learning more about some of the Godly men and women who have shaped (and continue to shape) our Nation’s history. We live in a unique area with a variety of museums and historical attractions in our “backyard.” APC is also blessed to have men with unique experiences and insights into aspects of our nation’s history and institutions.
Retreats: Retreats provide an opportunity -- over a weekend, at a remote location – to “bathe” in the Word as well as to encourage and fellowship with one another. APC’s practice has been to have Men’s Retreats every other year. The next such retreat is scheduled for the Spring of 2019 near Harrisonburg, VA.
Covenant Fellowship Groups (CFGs) – Many men can testify to the benefit of being part of a CFG. We learn that the grace of the Holy Spirit who brings us into fellowship with Christ and deepens this fellowship, also calls us to live out this grace and love among one another as his body in tangible ways. In fact, the way we live toward one another is a good indicator of the vitality of our fellowship with Christ (John 13:35). We have a number of groups around the city and on various nights of the week. Please talk with Pastor Josh Diack firstname.lastname@example.org for help in looking for a group or knowing what to expect.
33-series – Coming in May 2018! A six-week video and discussion series, which aims to inspire and equip men to pursue authentic manhood as modeled by Jesus Christ in his 33 years on Earth. The first installment of this series is titled: ‘A man and his design’. This series will be led by Elder Ed Culbreath on Monday nights, starting May 14th, from 7:00-8:30 at the Braddock Road Campus.
Lifeline Ministry: Every man wrestles with a sexuality in need of redemption. And, with sexual brokenness, the stakes are as high as they possibly can be: marriage, family, friendships, finances, career...most significantly, our faith is at stake. As we’ll discover, sex is about worship, so rebellion in this area speaks volumes about the depth, maybe even the reality of our faith. In this ministry, men are invited to a safe, confidential setting, to study, talk, and pray for each other, as we seek to live in the hope of the Gospel, and in reliance upon the strengthening power of the Spirit. A new semester for the group began on April 10th. For the location and more information, contact any of the following APC men: Lee Matthews: email@example.com, Tom Mood: firstname.lastname@example.org, Beau Powers: email@example.com, Pastor Josh Diack: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Pastor Chris Sicks: email@example.com
Sonship: Sonship is a key part of men’s discipleship at APC. We were not meant to live as orphans but as Sons and Daughters of our heavenly Father. During the 12-weeks you will unpack key gospel truths to inform the mind, and look to appropriate these truths in the heart so that they transform the way you view and live in light of every day realities. Sonship is a 12-week commitment that engages people in a mixed large group, and also in single-sex small group and prayer partnering relationships. Sign-ups will begin again Jan 2019.
Healing Hearts, Sundays beginning in September: Dorothy Taft and Pastor Chris Sicks will lead an 8-week group about the nature of suffering, trauma, and “heart wounds,” and how God can heal the pain in our hearts. Lessons include: If God loves us, why do we suffer? What happens when someone is grieving? How can we forgive others? We meet 5-7pm on Sundays, September-October. Childcare is available for all ages. Sign-ups required! To sign up or ask questions, contact Dorothy Taft at Dorothy@odouglas.com
Discipleship/Mentoring: Discipleship is not a separable “program”, as such; nor is it a higher “class” or “tier” of Christianity. Rather, it is part of our journey of sanctification, as believers, and can take many forms -- as each of us are discipled by fellow believers and, we, in turn, disciple others. Our goal for this ministry is that it be one more avenue for discipleship; taking advantage of the unique opportunities afforded by men sharing with men and seeking to help one another in living lives devoted to Christ, with a sensitivity to the Spirit, thereby striving to be men of character, producing much fruit. Sonship will be the principal access point for this aspect of APC’s Men’s Ministry; building on the relationships established during that course. Covenant Fellowship Group small groups are another. Opportunities also exist to participate in a one-year program through the CS Lewis institute, which includes meeting in a mentoring relationship. A further “on-ramp” is provided by pairing disciplers with men who wish to be discipled. Training and equipping will be offered for those who wish to be participate in this ministry. Please contact Jim Taft or Josh Diack if you wish to be discipled or are willing to serve as a discipler.
Men Needed to Mentor! Casa Chirilagua is currently in need of male mentors who want to invest in the life of a young man in their community. Casa Chirilagua has boys on a waiting list who are looking forward to meeting their mentor soon! Mentors are matched with a student in Chirilagua (1 mile north of APC's Russell Road location). Mentors are asked to spend one hour with their student on a weekly basis. Many of these young boys are regularly attending church are looking for male role models. They are asking for someone to invest in them and their parents are on board with it as well. The harvest is plentiful. This is an awesome opportunity to walk out your faith and watch how the Lord changes you as you build a relationship with a student and his family. To sign up or learn more contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
If you have any questions related to Men’s Ministry at APC please don’t hesitate to contact either Elder Jim Taft firstname.lastname@example.org or Pastor of Congregational Life Josh Diack email@example.com