The purpose of the Men's Ministry is to visibly transform the character, attitude, drive, depth, actions and behavior of God's Men at Bel Air and create a pipeline of leaders in our:
- Personal spiritual lives
- Homes and families
We accomplish this mission by calling men to Get In, Get Healthy, Get Strong and Get Going. God's Men of all ages may join us weekly at The Field as we pursue God's vision and calling for our lives.
The Men's Ministry offers events for men at all levels to get involved in the discipleship and leadership process. These events consist of fellowship, study, service and leadership missions presented in an engaging, appealing and masculine environment.
Our primary weekly event is The Field
, an ongoing fellowship, discipleship and leadership academy that takes place on campus every Saturday morning. The Field
is the starting point of the process that moves men forward into the other key objectives of Get Healthy
, Get Strong
and Get Going
Additional events include service opportunities with the Union Rescue Mission, unique fellowship activities such as white water rafting and compelling men's speaker series on a periodic basis.
Triage: The sorting of and allocation of treatment to patients and especially battle and disaster victims according to a system of priorities designed to maximize the number of survivors.
The Triage Team assists men in need through prayer, counsel, compassion and friendship with a Christ-centered focus on regaining spiritual health.
The Triage Team further connects men identified with specific needs to appropriate ministries of healing support such as the Bel Air Prayer Team, Stephen Ministry, Celebrate Recovery and to the Men's Ministry discipleship team for growth and connection.
The Discipleship Team helps men deepen in their union in the body of Christ by connecting them into: affinity groups (such as The Foundry, Young Marrieds, Growing Families, Kenosis, etc.), bible studies (such as Open Word, Alpha and Bethel) and small groups.
Discipleship Team members are well educated in the features and focal points of these ministries and maintain strong, healthy relationships with the ministry leaders in order to successfully deploy men into these discipleship opportunities.
The Men's Ministry structures volunteer events that allow all men opportunities to take on leadership roles. By offering a wide variety of leadership opportunities through service, fellowship, teaching, and mentoring we build "leadership muscle" within the men's ministry. By gaining valuable experience, this pipeline of leaders is well equipped to duplicate this impactful role in their families, in the church and in the community.
Men have valuable skills and knowledge to offer but often didn't know it or haven't had a platform to do so. We put these two natural connections together to inspire leadership, growth and closeness. Married men counsel the single, older men counsel the young regarding life experiences, experienced small group leaders show newer leaders while young techie gurus teach an older generation. From surfers to dietitians, financial planners and contractors, most men have an experience to share and lead in. These initial exercises in leadership prepare men to take on broader leadership roles within their small groups and affinity groups or as deacons and elders.
By soliciting the needs of our church community and church partners, we supply our men with a steady stream of small task-force volunteer and leadership opportunities. We fulfill the masculine role of our ministry by assisting the people and organizations that are counting on someone to help. 'Heavy Lifting' is in high demand; just ask the single mom whose only resource on moving day are God's Men. From repairing and painting a woman's shelter to clearing the weeds from the home of one of our shut-ins, we serve where men are needed. We paint, we shovel, we lift and we move but, most importantly, we are leaders. We are leaders because we are called so as God's Men.
God's Man Defined
God's Man draws his identity from his relationship with God. It is the way he sees and defines himself. His identity is the principal shaper of his life, his integrity, his loyalties, his priorities, and his responsibilities.
God's Man makes an impact, stands as a witness and does the "heavy lifting" with his family, in his church and in the world around him.
In John 15:18–19 Jesus tells us, "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world."
Jesus told his men that he had chosen or drafted them "out of the world." God's Man has a new team, new identity, new playbook, new way of thinking and new priorities. God's Man differs from the man of the world in the following ways: