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Baton Rouge Christian Life Magazine is adding a new monthly section that focuses on topics of interest to men. MAN UP features articles written by men, for guys and their families. Each future issue of the magazine will provide inspiring and practical information on a variety of subjects, including Being a Godly Husband, Fatherhood, Men Leading Their Families, Men in the Church and Special Men’s Events. Another goal of MAN UP is to encourage men to live godly lives by being genuine followers of Christ. Statistics show that when a man commits to follow Christ, over 90% of the time his family will do likewise. MAN UP will be written by people who are active in ministering to men and others with knowledge on a wide range of manhood issues.
Men’s UNITY Breakfasts
by Elmo Winters
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”
Psa. 133:1, KJV
How fitting it is for the first installment for MAN UP to feature an article on a new initiative in the Baton Rouge area for men. The Men’s UNITY Breakfast, a monthly gathering of guys for food, fellowship and fun is the brainchild of two local ministries, the KINGDOM Group and Gulf South Men. It is hosted to inspire and motivate men to be the leaders in unifying the capitol city of Louisiana in Christ. This free event is open to all area men, regardless of racial, ethnic or cultural backgrounds. In fact, the UNITY Breakfast promotes bringing guys together by bridging racial and cultural barriers.
Men gather monthly to discuss ways to bring unity to the Body of Christ.
After the racial unrest and division in Baton Rouge last year, ministers Mark Lubbock of Gulf South Men and Elmo Winters, head of the Kingdom Group International conspired to address the issues in a practical manner. Both men serve in organizations that minister to men and believe that the key to solving many societal problems rests in strengthening male leadership in the home, church and the world. Mark and Elmo agree that getting guys together is one avenue to bridging the racial, ethnic and cultural barriers that separate people globally. The UNITY breakfast is hosted monthly by varying churches and denominations. The different venues serve as godly settings that encourage and promote dialogue among the races.
The response by local pastors, ministry leaders and men of all denominations to the breakfast has been extremely positive. Support for the monthly gatherings continues to increase as churches are requesting to host one of the events. Thus far, four ministries, Ministry of New Life, New Gideon Baptist Church, St. John’s Methodist Church and Broadmoor Methodist Church have successfully held Men’s UNITY Breakfasts. The Church of Baton Rouge is scheduled to host the July event. Ministries interested in being a part of this tremendous work of unity in our city should contact Elmo Winters, (225) 305-3006 or Mark Lubbock (225) 252-3331.
The Men’s UNITY Breakfast, a monthly gathering of guys for food, fellowship and fun is the brainchild of two local ministries, the KINGDOM Group and Gulf South Men. It is hosted to inspire and motivate men to be leaders.
The simplicity of the Men’s UNITY Breakfast confirms that it is truly a God thing. Guys gather at a venue, usually a church’s fellowship facility, a host prepares and serves a simple breakfast meal (eggs, grits, sausage and the like), prayer is offered and men talk to each other. The beauty of this is in the fact that people who ordinarily would not be talking to each other are brought together, and dialogue happens. Men have conversations where they learn about each other. The venue provides a safe haven for asking the challenging questions and for providing the difficult answers. Real unity can only happen as is directed in scripture, “how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together.” Dwelling together starts with us coming together. Coming together opens the door to us learning how to live together. It starts with talking to one another. We accomplish nothing by talking about or talking at each other!
The next Men’s UNITY Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, July 29th at The Church of Baton Rouge, 2037 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808. This event will start promptly at 8 a.m. and promises to be a blessed time.
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Reverend Elmo Winters has been in ministry for nearly 40 years, as an Apostle, pastor, church planter, hospice chaplain, Bible Institute instructor, and short-term missionary. He is the Executive Director of the Kingdom Group International, LLC, and author of two books, “Going by Going” and “OVERCOMING RACIAL AND CULTURAL BARRIERS, to Disciple Men”. Reverend Winters serves on the board of Gulf South Men and is active in Iron Sharpens Iron and other men’s ministries. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). He is married to Therese Winters and father of 5 children.