The purpose of the “Next Level Men’s Ministry” is to equip men to be God’s best.
What does it mean to equip?
DICTIONARY DEFINITION OF EQUIP-to provide with necessary materials or supplies.
BIBLICAL DEFINITIONS OF EQUIP-The Greek word from which we get our New Testament English word, “equip,” is translated several ways in the Scripture. Those various translations provide us with a much fuller understanding of how we use the word, “equip,” especially in regard to the Next Level Men’s Ministry. The general ideas conveyed are: to put in order, to restore to its former condition, and to make complete. The following passages will help you get a sense of what we mean when using the word, “equip:” I Thessalonians 3:10-to complete what is lacking in your faith; Hebrews 13:21-to be made complete in the same mind and same conviction; 1 Corinthians 1:10-to be perfectly joined together in the same mind and the same judgment; 1 Peter 5:10-perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle.
BIBLICAL EXAMPLE OF EQUIP-Matthew 4:21 and Mark 1:19-the original word is translated, “mending nets.” This image of mending nets really gets to the heart of equipping men. Every man who follows Jesus needs “restoring” and “put in order,” so that we can be used by our great God to catch fish!
What is a man?
We use the term, “man,” to mean a genetic man. We live in a crazy mixed up world that is filled with uncertainty about many things. Many in our world today are confused about gender issues. WE ARE NOT! We believe that men and women are different but both are created by God. We believe “male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:28) To equip men is to equip sons, dads, grandfathers, great grandfathers and husbands.
What does it mean to be God’s best?
We believe God has a plan for every man. And, we believe that in order for a man to know and follow God’s plan, he needs a Master, a Mission, to Mature, and other Godly Men in his life.
What does the Men’s Ministry look like at Clarke-Venable?
- Gathering–We have at least two gatherings of men per year, one in the spring and one in the fall. These gatherings will always include two kinds of food–spiritual and physical. Some gatherings are on the CVBC campus and some are away. Gatherings are fun yet challenging. All of the Next Level gatherings are open to all men to come and enjoy the fellowship and the experience. Our gatherings are not a club to join. They are spokes in the wheel of the Church. We believe the Church is a gospel outpost where self is last, and Jesus is Lord.
- Getaway–Each year we will find a men’s event and encourage men to attend a conference setting designed to assist men to refocus and re-align their lives to the things that really matter.
- Growing–Men’s Bible Study. Times for the next Bible study can be found on the CVBC website Men’s Ministry Events Page, CVBC website calendar, and the printed publications as they are scheduled.
- Going–From time to time we will go and simply help someone in need. Going is being the hands and feet of Jesus.