On Saturday, December 2, I invited my grandson Joshua to spend some time with our ministry, The Kingdom Group, as we hosted our last Men’s Unity Breakfast of the year. He was challenged in a very special way as he witnessed what his grandparents actually do in ministry. I can’t speak for him, but I will say this recognition gathering was truly an extraordinary event. Nearly 100 people came together at Broadmoor Methodist Church to dine, fellowship and be blessed. Former Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff LeDuff spoke passionately to the group. So many expressed their gratitude for this successful meeting.
Besides the experience at the breakfast, Joshua found himself in a unique environment later as he accompanied us to another event. While attending a Christmas bazaar at a church north of Baton Rouge, he commented, “Paw-paw, we are kinda standing out here,” a reference to the fact that we were the only minorities at the event. Although this was striking to him, I thought to myself, “This is normal for us.” My wife and I are often the “different” ones in many crowds and events we attend. For us, this makes life so much more interesting and a lot of fun, to say the least.
There is something special about being different. I believe it is the key to making a difference. In fact, God calls us to be different. He requires it of us as followers of Christ. Observe the Apostle Paul’s writings to the church in II Corinthians, 6:17-18: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
This is all about being holy unto the Lord!
God has called men to be different and to make a difference in our world. This difference must go beyond just being good husbands and fathers, although this is important. It also is not simply about being good men. God is looking for GODLY MEN, men who are willing to be examples of valor and honor … men who will lead like Christ in all holiness and unmovable faith.
God desires real men who are not willing to shun their leadership roles in the home, church and our world. Men are called to make a difference in the workplace, marketplace and every place as those who have been given ultimate power and dominion by God! When men resume their rightful positions in the world, as mandated by God, then real change can happen. This is the goal of the Men’s Unity Breakfast. Real unity and change must start with men who are willing to make a difference.
The next Men’s Unity Breakfast will be held on Saturday, January 27 at The Church, 2037 Quail Drive. The event starts at 7:30 am. For more information on the Men’s Unity Breakfast, call Elmo Winters at (225) 305-3006, or email him at Elmow1@att.net.
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.