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 (M&M) Ministry - "Mentoring: Listening, Eating, Playing Basketball, and Car Maintenance, Part II - Hands-On/Minds-On Experiences"

What is the most important thing you need to check when driving a vehicle? This was an intriguing question asked by our guest presenter, brother Anthony White, who provided insights into car maintenance for the M&M ministry. Brother White was instrumental in illustrating a Hands-On/Minds-On experience for our youth.

Mentoring: Listening, Eating, Playing Basketball, and Car Maintenance, Part II - Hands-On/Minds-On Experiences"

You may ask yourself, "Why teach the youth to change a tire or check fluids?" After all, today’s vehicles are so automated that a car light will come on to warn you when something is wrong. Or in some cases, you get an email or text message notifying you of the status of your vehicle once the light or alarm is triggered.  Why bother learning to change a tire or check fluids when you can simply call a vehicle service center or stop by the dealership service department? In fact, some cars even have “run-flat” tires, so why bother? These are valid questions, but you still should understand basic vehicle care, and be aware of the maintenance needs of the vehicle you drive.

During the M&M event, young men had the opportunity to take part in a Minds-On experience, in which they  learned how to check fluids and tire pressure and, using a Hands-On approach, they could volunteer to change a tire. One question posed to the group was: What is the most important thing you need to check when you drive a vehicle? The group learned that tire pressure is considered a critical part of car maintenance. Think about it – your car’s fluids may be at correct levels, the gas tank is full (or electric vehicle is at full charge) and everything is working properly; however, the tire pressure could be low, and you don’t realize it or think it can wait. Seriously low tire pressure on a vehicle may lead to a blowout at the wrong time, and even low pressure on run-flat tires can cause problems. 

Proper fluid levels are also key to keeping vehicles running at optimum levels.  Yes, alarm lights go on to alert the driver, but you should be aware of the meaning of various lights and gauges. So, if your car’s warning lights automatically come on, what should you do? First, you need to check the messages and review the options linked to the message in your vehicle’s manual (or review the email or text received for some vehicles.) While you are checking, it is good be proactive and check fluids or have them checked and have them "topped off" at a vehicle service center.

Other things to do:

Mirrors: Verify that all mirrors are adjusted before you start driving to assure there are no "blind spots," instead of attempting to adjust them during critical drive moments.

Seats: Adjust the driver’s seat controls for your personal comfort and driving plans, especially when traveling long distances.

Steering wheel: For optimal turning radius, both the wheel’s height and distance from the driver are important. Also, learn the rationale for proper hand positions on the wheel, especially if you have a stick shift and must shift gears.

Muscle memory: Knowing the correct positions for park, reverse, neutral and drive on your vehicle should be a "muscle memory," which is an automatic response, so you won’t mix them up during critical situations.

What would you say to vehicle owners who think they don’t have time or are not mechanically inclined to do this kind of “stuff”?  Some drivers are not mechanically inclined or physically able to work on their vehicles, so they may need to find a service center they trust to do all the work on their vehicle. Also, a number of tire centers offer free tire checks and will fill your tires based on vehicle specifications. So, if you don’t have the tools needed to check tire pressure, consider using these resources. 

These owners should also know what oil does and why it needs to be changed—and what the average price for an oil change is in their area. If they have a maintenance plan, they should know what it includes, whether or not oil changes are included, and how often they are recommended. 

Vehicle maintenance can be likened to any other system that needs properly functioning components to work. Still in doubt about the importance of making time for basic car maintenance? Then ask yourself this question: Would you take medication, eat food, or drink beverages without some kind of basic understanding of how these will impact your body's SYSTEMs? It’s the same with vehicles, as they are considered mechanical SYSTEMs.

What would the M&M ministry leader say to the men at FWCOC about M&M eventsRaz typically works with brothers he knows to brainstorm ideas and suggest events. However, all members are encouraged to suggest topics and need to be willing to assist with any topics they suggest.

M&M mentoring efforts can also include less time-consuming tasks, such as conversations that could inspire the young men to reach their full potential and teach them how to lead. Typical conversations might include discussions about how men should speak like men, walk like men, and how to be upfront and talk with someone face-to-face. Discussions could also include modeling Christian behavior, which includes taking care of your responsibilities in relation to children, being responsible for the tangible items that you are a steward over, and being respectful of women. If you think you don’t have time, take a second look and determine how you can help, even if it is in the form of providing resources (articles, contacts, etc.). 

Christian men should be on the forefront and lead young men based on core Christian values, instead of letting the world lead and guide them. For example, you should show them what a "man is," instead of allowing various forms of entertainment programming to teach them what a "man is." It is crucial for Christian men to provide events for young men to help them navigate the lifelong journey of being a Christian man. Learning about car maintenance is one way to encourage awareness and fellowship during this journey.

Job 14:1, 1 “Man, who is born of woman, Is short-lived and full of turmoil.” (Source: Bible – New American Standard (NASB))

Ministry: Men Mentoring Men (M&M)  Coordinator(s) and/or Volunteer(s): Rajamail Davis, Anthony White--Guest Presenter.  Ministry In-Brief Administrator: Karl Spencer.  Location: Fifth Ward Church of Christ Resource Center.

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(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.

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