On Saturday, September 17 over 400 men from around the Dicoese attended the a Diocesan Men’s Summit at St. Paul’s Church in Summerville. "Your mind matters, your body matters, your heart matters," said Bishop Lawrence, who served as the keynote speaker. His talk, which was videotaped, will be posted as soon as it is available. View photos from the event.
In the talk Bishop Lawrence quoted Bishop FitzSimons Allison.
“Several men have asked for a copy of the quotation I referenced at this past Saturday’s Men’s Summit,” said Lawrence, after the event. “The quote was from a recent address of Bishop Fitzsimmons Allison (the XII Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina) in which he was noting that ‘God needs to do nothing but withdraw his Holy Spirit from us’ in order for us to experience not only his wrath but to succumb to a darkened mind—as noted in the first chapter of St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans.”
It is as if God is saying, “You want universities without me? Help yourself.” The universities, birthed from the womb of the church, are now fast replacing truth with power, as well described by George Marsden, Alasdair MacIntyre, Hunter Baker, John Summerville. The depressing disclosure of moral and academic bankruptcy is clearly shown in the novel, I am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe. The latter is recommended for its diagnosis by Mary Ann Glendon, that rare phenomenon, a Christian scholar at Harvard, the Vatican of secularism. Students are turning campuses into concerns for diversity whose specious unity is asserted by freedom denying politically correct hysteria.
God is saying, “You want democracy without me? Help yourself!” We have helped ourselves by being given a choice for President of the United States of America between two of the most distrusted candidates in the history of our country.
God is saying, “You want sex without my guidance? Help yourself!” We are helping ourselves with soul destroying pornography, a lonely and confusing hook-up culture, a growing culture of abuse, rape, pederasty, and in the words of William Butler Yeats, “everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned.”
God is saying, “You want gender identification without me? Help yourself!” We are helping ourselves with drugs and surgical mutilation rather than therapy for gender confusion and are in frantic controversies over bathroom insanities.
God is saying, “You want politics without me? Help yourself!” We are helping ourselves by electing representatives whom we do not trust and who express themselves in legislative stagnation.
You want an economy without me? Help yourself!” We are helping ourselves with a 19 trillion dollar debt and no prospect of paying it off, a policy that discourages savings as well as producing looming bankruptcies for municipalities, territories and cities.
You want marriage and families without me? Help yourself!” We are helping ourselves with no fault divorce, serial polygamy, single parent families, government programs that disadvantages marriage and defines marriage in ways that suit us. And what suits us is the decline of marriage itself. All this in spite of the widely acknowledged fact that civilization itself depends on the institution of marriage and family. Montesquieu long ago warned us: “More states have perished by violation of moral customs than by violation of their laws.”
You want science without me? Help yourself. We are now in a condition that was described by the non-Christian scientist Bertrand Russell: “As soon as the failure of science considered as metaphysics is realized the power conferred by science as technique is only obtainable by something analogous to the worship of Satan, that is to say by the renunciation of love.” (Russell, The Scientific Outlook. New York W.W. Norton, 1931, pp. 262-3)
Is God not saying “You want life not on my terms but on your own terms? Help yourself!” Our sad terms are diapers to diapers, dust to dust ashes to ashes.
Equipping Men to be the Spiritual Leaders in their Homes, Churches, and Communities through the Power of Jesus Christ.
Christian Men's Conference
February 26-28, 2016
The weekend of February 26-28 men gathered at St. Christopher for a refreshing time of encouragement as they learned about leading and following as men of God. The conferencel included teachings by Shay Gaillard, Rector at Church of the Good Shepherd, Charleston; teachings and a workshop on radical mentoring from Regi Campbell, author of Mentor Like Jesus (radicalmentoring.com); worship and a workshop from Todd Fields, worship leader for North Point Community Church (toddfields.com).
Watch Regi Campbell give his testimony at the 2016 Christian Men's Conference.
Watch Radical Mentoring Process with Regi Campbell.
Watch Radical Mentoring Workshop with Kevin Harris.
About our Conference Leaders
The Rev. Shay Gaillard, Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Charleston SC, was born and raised in Charleston and grew up a member of the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College and spent 10 years in youth ministry, serving seven as Camp Director at Camp St. Christopher. When the call to ordained ministry came, Shay and his family traveled to Pittsburgh and studied at Trinity School for Ministry. After graduation he served as the curate at St. Paul’s in Conway before becoming the rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in 2007. Shay is married to Tara, and they have four daughters.
Regi Campbell is an entrepreneur by trade, having been involved in founding 15 companies. He has served as a CEO four times, in companies from startup to $100m in sales. He was also involved in the launch of North Point Community Church serving on the long range planning team and as an elder.
Regi is also an author, having written three books – About My Father’s Business(2003), Mentor Like Jesus (2009), and What Radical Husbands Do(2014). Since 2011, he has been an active blogger with over 425 posts, which can be found at radicalmentoring.com/blog.
But what Regi is most passionate about is mentoring younger men to be better husbands, fathers, leaders and Christ-followers. He led his first mentoring group in 2001 and founded Radical Mentoring in 2007 to equip and encourage churches and other mentors to do the same. Having championed the idea of small group mentoring since then, Radical Mentoring has seen over 1600 men sign up to be mentors and has worked with numerous churches, big and small to launch mentoring programs of their own. Regi currently lives in Roswell, GA with his wife of 44 years, Miriam. They have two children and five grandchildren.
Todd is currently the Director of Worship Leader Development at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA. He lives there with his wife, Carrie, and their 4 boys, Chandler, Carter, Connor, and Collin.
Todd has led worship for more than 20 years, and has personally coached loads of senior pastors and worship leaders on how to create engaging worship services, how to build unified teams, and how to become better leaders on stage and off. Along with mentoring worship leaders at North Point, Todd travels both in the US and internationally coaching Worship Leaders and their Senior Pastors on how to be better leaders.
Leading worship for such communicators as Charles Stanley and Andy Stanley, Billy Graham, Louie Giglio and more, Todd has developed a unique way of guiding worship leaders that stems from his vast experience in different church and worship cultures around the world.
Most recently, Todd has partnered with The Rocket Company to create Worship Rocket, an online, 12-module training resource for worship leaders. Todd has also developed his own unique worship leader coaching network called Worship Circle, which gathers worship leaders into small training circles, guided by veteran worship leader coaches such as himself.
Rhinos, Elephants and Men, Oh My!
By the Rev. Rob Kunes, Associate Priest, Christ-St. Paul's Parish, Younges Island, SC
In 1999, 39 white rhinos were killed in Pilanesberg Park, South Africa, and it was not the work of poachers. No horns were taken; no bullets used. Who or what was responsible for the death of 10% of the rhino population? The answer: Elephants.
Young bull elephants, who were orphaned as youngsters, had grown into physically mature elephants with a thug mentality. They were killing the rhinos the park worked so hard to protect and harassing busloads of tourists on safari. Why would they do it? Well, like juvenile delinquents, they had grown up without role models.
“I think everyone needs a role model, and these elephants that left the herd had no role model and no idea of what appropriate elephant behavior was,” said Gus van Dyk, Pilanesberg Park’s field ecologist. “The solution was mentoring: Bring in bigger, older bull elephants to show the young bulls a better way.”
Intentional Generational Discipleship is the Theme for this Year’s Christian Men’s Conference.
We have a fabulous slate of speakers, including our very own Fr. Shay Gaillard as the keynote speaker. Regi Campbell, author of the book Mentor Like Jesus, will lead a workshop explaining his program called Radical Mentoring which he has been doing at Northpoint Church in Alpharetta, GA, for the past decade. (Andy Stanley wrote the Foreword to Regi’s book.) Through the connection with Northpoint, we have also secured Northpoint’s Lead Worship Pastor, Todd Fields, to lead our worship. What an incredible combination of teaching, worship, and fellowship.
Men, mark your calendars! Wives, mark your husband’s calendar (because another of Regi’s books is titled What Radical Husbands Do. February 26-28, 2015 is the date of the next Christian Men’s Conference. We hope to see you there!
View a brief video from the 2014 Men's Conference
About Brad BirdBrad Bird of Market Life Ministries and the Center for Biblical Discovery.
To view the welcome video from Brad Bird use the code: BBSCI.View video.
Market Life Ministries was founded upon the belief that the revival and strengthening of the Church rests on the life changing power of God’s word. What we do is bring ministry to the marketplace.
Brad Bird is the President and co-founder of the Center for Biblical discovery. Brad received his Masters in Divinity from Columbia International University, and has been involved in several types of ministry, including youth ministry and Precepts Ministries. Market Life Ministries offers many ways for Christians to strengthen their own faith as well as increase their witness in the workplace, obeying Christ’s command to be salt and light to world.
The Center for Biblical Discovery began in its current form in 1998 when Brad Bird became executive director and the board of directors set a new course for the ministry. Brad lives in Columbia, SC with his wife, Melissa, and their four daughters, Caroline, Karis, Elizabeth, and Anna-Bradley.
Listen to the Talks from the 2014 Men's Conference
Watch Bishop Mark Lawrence, XIV Bishop of South Carolina speak on the Work of the Holy Spirit in the believer's life. Bishop prays that it won't be a time when men learn about the Holy Spirit but experience the power of the Holy Spirit.
Session One (50:43 minutes)
Session Two (58:32 minutes)
Session Three (44:36 minutes)
Session Four (56:39 minutes)
Listen to the Talks from the 2013 Eternal Impact Conference
In February, 2013, men throughout the Diocese were treated to the Eternal Impact weekend led by Phil and Paul Downer of DNA Ministries. Whether you were able to attend or not, the messages of Phil and Paul Downer are important for each of us to hear afresh or for the first time. We are making these available online for you to download and listen to again or for the first time. As God continues to use each one of us to make an Eternal Impact, these messages can serve to inspire and remind of us of what the Lord has done and is doing through His church, that's you and me.
We hope you will share the link to these audio files with men around you, in your church and in your lives, and that the messages will continue the work the Lord is doing in our midst. Enjoy.
You can find the messages here:
In His Grace,
The Men's Conference Board