As Christian men and fathers, we are called to lead by example and to be strong, loving, and compassionate leaders in our families, communities, and churches. This can be a challenging task, and it's important that we have support and guidance along the way.
One way to find this support and guidance is through fellowship with other Christian men. According to a study by the Barna Group, men who attend church regularly are more likely to report having close friends, a sense of purpose, and a positive impact on their communities. Fellowship provides us with the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, to share our struggles and successes, and to grow and develop spiritually and emotionally.
One great way to experience fellowship is through a monthly men's breakfast group. Our church offers a monthly men's breakfast group that provides an opportunity for men to gather together, enjoy a delicious breakfast, and have meaningful discussions about our faith and our roles as men and fathers.
The group offers a safe and supportive environment where men can share their struggles and successes, receive guidance and support, and build strong relationships with other men in the community. It's a great opportunity to connect with other men who are going through or have had similar experiences and to learn from each other.
In addition to the monthly breakfast, the group also organizes, volunteer opportunities, and outdoor activities to encourage men to bond and grow spiritually.
The Bible also speaks to the importance of fellowship and community in the lives of Christian men.
- Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up." This verse emphasizes the importance of having someone to help us when we fall, and the value of working together with others.
- Galatians 6:2, "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ." This verse encourages us to support and help one another in our struggles and difficulties.
- In Proverbs 27:17, "Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another." This verse highlights the importance of fellowship and community in our growth and development as men and fathers.
Barna Group found in their research that Christian men who report a positive relationship with their father growing up are considerably more likely to say they are very satisfied in their relationship to their own child (53%, compared to 42% of those whose relationship with their father was not positive).
Strong, supportive connections outside the home matter as well. Data show that friendships, especially intergenerational friendships, tend to correlate with greater overall relationship satisfaction. Practicing Christian men who report having intergenerational friendships with both older and younger men are nearly twice as likely to be very satisfied in their relationship with their child (54% vs. 30%) and in their marriage (63% vs. 54%).
If you're looking for friendship and support as a Christian man and father, consider joining our monthly men's breakfast group. You'll find a community of men who are committed to growing in their faith and supporting one another on the journey.
For more information about the men's breakfast group and other fellowship opportunities for men at our church, please visit our website or contact us directly. Let us help you to be the best father, husband, and man you can be.
Sources: Click here for our current event calendar. https://cometoabc.com/calendar/events
-Barna Group Study: https://www.barna.com/research/friendship-and-fatherhood/
-Barna Group Study: "The State of Men's Discipleship in the Church" (https://www.barna.com/research/state-of-