An average of one in two children in the U.S. grow up without a father; in the inner city, that increases to four in five. This has created a mission field right here in our cities, neighborhoods and even in our churches. Fatherless boys may feel that they have to toughen up, but deep down they may feel hurt, angry, intensely unhappy, ashamed and alone. These are the boys who desperately need male role models, mentors in their lives.
Fatherless America! How sad for a nation that once not only took pride in knowing the Heavenly Father but also took pride in the strength of their families and their earthly fathers.
William Raspberry from the Washington Post once wrote: “If I could offer a single prescription for the survival of America it would be to restore the family. And if you asked me how to do it, my answer…doubtlessly over-simplified…would be: save the boys.”
How do we reach this new mission field? One of the best ways is right there in your church, Men’s Ministry. Christian men who will step up to the challenge of reaching our fatherless boys. Men who will commit to reaching these boys in your churches first then as an outreach to your community and neighborhoods. If we don’t do it, who will?
Why should your Men’s Ministry group start a Mentoring Program? Because you already have the manpower, the moral convictions and the support base in your church, all you need is a program. No matter how many men volunteer or how big your group is, the key is to just get it started.
How can we help? We will help you get it started and keep it going. What a great ministry for men to get involved in. We show the need and value in becoming a mentor, a role model to that boy in their church that needs their guidance. Our boys don’t need more government programs or funding, they need mentors.
“Sam’s heart for struggling boys and his plan to reach them challenged us. Our focus in now more on building relationships and reaching out to our boys.” –C. Tyler Schwope, Men’s Ministry Director
Fatherless America: A Challenge for Today’s Men can be presented at a Men’s Ministry breakfast or any time they meet. This time together is geared to focus on the problem of fatherlessness and how men can make a difference in a boy’s life. Or, if you’re interested in a more detailed event, check out the Half-day Conference.