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One thing that almost all renewal groups agree on is that men need to be in a small group of like minded men. Cursillo, Episcopal Men's Ministry, and Man in the Mirror all emphasize the importance of such groups. I know that a good many Brother Andrews are already in groups such as Cursillo group reunion groups, and that is good. What the Brotherhood groups are for are Brothers that are not in such groups. I see the Brotherhood groups as a group of men going into a huddle, like in a football game, to plan their strategy for a Christian life. This is how the Brotherhood group would work.
Two to five men would meet once a week to pray and share their past week of living out their life in Christ. A card to help guide this group can be downloaded from the Brotherhood web site, HERE. These cards can be printed on business card stock, prayer on one side and questions on the back side. You start with the Brotherhood prayer then each member shares their week using the questions on the back of the card. Sometime the men in this group will help you to grow in Christ, and sometimes you will help spread Christ's Kingdom in them. In either case men are growing in their relationship with Christ.
I truly believe if Brotherhood Andrews would share their faith with each other in these groups, the Brotherhood would grow, along with our local parishes and the national church. Give it a try and see what Christ will do.
Ever wonder why your parish has become such a safe haven for men? Why a man can simply sit in a pew for an hour or so each week, if he even comes at all, without having to 'worry' that someone will call on him to do something?
Ever wonder if there's anything you could do about changing all that?
Our Lord calls us to make disciples: "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." [Mt. 28: 18b-20 NIV]
So, what can you do?
Fortunately, you don't have to be a professional motivational trainer, you only need to be able to point 'n' click a computer mouse!
Man in the Mirror, an international ministry serving pastors and leaders who reach men, has prepared a brief web-based introduction to assist any man interested in initiating men's ministry.
Just point your mouse to the icon below and let the Holy Spirit guide you through cyberspace.
Brothers at St. James' Episcopal Church in Mount Vernon, Virginia build a playground for the church's children.
One of the newest Brotherhood chapters is from Lewis Center, Ohio.