Fifth Ward Church of Christ Resource Center
The FWCOC Resource Center is a way for members to use their gifts and talents to serve God and mankind. All resources and activities listed on the site are provided FREE of charge to residents of the greater Houston area. If you are wondering how we can offer these services free, the answer lies at the heart of what we understand as God’s directive for our lives. "As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God" (1 Peter 4:10). The FWCOC Ministry In-Brief is our way of providing a profile of Ministries at Work.
The FWCOC Ministry In-Brief: Men Mentoring Men Ministry - Model, Relay and Encourage
How important are men in the church? Is baptism a prerequisite for understanding the different roles and duties in the church? These are some of the key questions that Men Mentoring Men can help address. We like to think about M&M as a continuous relay race, where older men prepare the younger generation to receive the "baton."
Men Mentoring Men is a ministry for older men to mentor younger men by modeling self-control and dignity, relaying mindsets for integrity, and encouraging soundness in faith through support. From playing basketball and flag football to attending boxing matches, we lead various outings that show men how to communicate and act in different settings. The young men will come as a group and be part of the sporting or social event, where the main goal is to talk, mentor, and connect with them. This allows them to be in the company of other men and experience a Christian-based view of masculinity: one that provides a spiritual perspective on how they should act in society, at home, and around women. These events provide opportunities for the older men to connect with the younger men and lead them into the next training class, where they will learn about serving in the church, including working around the communion table, learning to pray, and participating in service in general.
In other sessions, the guys can form bonds as they talk about practical issues and tackle everyday tasks. For example, conversations on how to deal with police officers, how to tie a tie, change a flat tire, and ways to maintain personal hygiene (wearing deodorant, brushing teeth, bathing, etc.) - things that are not often talked about and that we tend to take for granted. Sometimes young men don’t have a consistent male presence at home. Through the M&M ministry, they get the opportunity to learn valuable life lessons and skills from other men. We provide a way to fill that void and be there for them as brothers that they can learn from or talk to. We keep in touch; a mentor is never more than a message, email or a phone call away. In the end, it's not just about attending events, bonding, and having fun; it’s a way to connect to Christian living and follow God's word.
Titus 2:2, 6-8 "2 Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. 6 Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. 7 In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8 and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us." (Source: Bible – New International Version (NIV))
Ministry: Men Mentoring Men. Coordinator(s) and/or Volunteer(s): Rajamail Davis. Ministry In-Brief Administrator: Karl Spencer. Location: Fifth Ward Church of Christ Family Life Center.
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Resource Center Highlights
The Goals and Vision of the center are to:
(1) Offer quality resources that contribute to the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of local community residents and the Greater Houston Area;
(2) Provide an opportunity for every desiring member to use their particular gifts in service to God and mankind;
(3) Cultivate a community of believers who support and encourage one another, and who ultimately bring glory to God; and
(4) Create opportunities to share the goods news of Jesus Christ and his Kingdom.
Some services require pre-registration or accompaniment by a member. Space is limited. Call or email us for additional information. Tel: 713-672-2654, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org