“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”
Francois Anguste Rene Chateaubriand: From the book Called by Kary Oberbrunner
We should say to a world where men are acting like boys, “Act like men.”
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One of the reasons many churches struggle is they’re not a friendly place for men.
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“Group Involvement Impacts People’s Daily Lives
As part of our research for Transformational Groups, we surveyed regular group attenders and non-group attenders about their daily spiritual lives—specifically, the time they spend outside of church and church-related activities. Here are some highlights as they concern spiritual disciplines:
- 67% of regular group attenders read their Bible regularly versus only 27% among non-group members.
- 64% of regular group attenders pray for their church and/or church leaders regularly. Only 30% of non-group attenders do.
- 82% of group attenders pray for fellow Christians versus 54% of non-group attenders.
- 79% of group attenders confess sins to God and ask forgiveness. 54% of non-group attenders do this.”
Check out the rest of this blog. Some really great thoughts here. I loved the idea about assessing your groups to see how they are actually doing
“Impactful groups require more than just attendance; they require a plan.”
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Some fascinating stats on Mental Health in the US and Canada.
A tough to read but really important article on men and suicide. Please take the time to read. Such important material.
In the past decade, the rate of suicide among North American middle-aged men has far outpaced men of other ages, and women of any age. Men between the ages of 50-54 have the highest rate of suicide among all Canadians
“Society has moved on but middle-aged men are not as equipped as they should be with dealing with changes in their role in society,”
“We’re not doing anywhere near enough” in addressing the issue of suicide amongst middle-aged men, he said. “[We need] appropriate opportunities for males to engage in discussions about how they feel at a stage at which it can happen. But what have we got? We’ve got bars where they can drown their sorrows.”
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