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Kenny Luck & Every Man Ministries Unveil SLEEPING GIANT: The Process and Solution that Returns Men to Their Rightful Place in Church & Culture

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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA – Has the church orphaned its own men to outside culture?  Based on their behaviors, the unequivocal answer to that question is a resounding “yes” with few exceptions.  Men are the most under-reached audience within our churches, with millions affiliated, but not activated.  When men are aligned with culture: the church, women and children suffer. When men are aligned with God: the church, women and children thrive. SLEEPING GIANT is the total solution and process that equips pastors and leaders to empower the men of the church to align with the senior pastor’s vision, transforming not only individual churches, but the surrounding culture as well.

Sleeping Giant is the BLUEPRINT for churches to move men from the audience to the army.  The book, DVD resources kit, and up to 52 weeks of curriculum are the master work from pastor and practitioner Kenny Luck, Men’s Pastor at Saddleback Church and Founder of Every Man Ministries, along with Tom Crick, Director of Small Group Health at Saddleback Church.

Most men’s curriculum and programming helps the men, but not the pastor.  What distinguishes the Sleeping Giant system is that it is PASTORcentric. As both pastors and the men they lead engage in this process, they are brought together, linked by a Kingdom vision and unified under the mission of the church.

What makes the Sleeping Giant process unique is that it was developed and tested by pastors for use by other pastors and their men. This “Crowd to Core” strategy was developed inside the church, not as an outside, para-church movement. The Sleeping Giant system is an easily adopted, complete, time-tested solution.

Many pastors see the need, but not the way to effectively engage men in their church.  Deep down, they know that their men have not been moved toward the mission and vision of the local church on the same scale as their women.  As a consequence, Luck reveals that most churched men feel further detached from worship and left only with worldly expressions of manhood to fuel their identity.  As Luck puts it, “Because we have not provided a clear vision and pathway that resonates deeply for men, by default we are orphaning them to the culture in a broken quest for validation. Sons of Christ are seeking to establish their value and find meaning by becoming sons of culture.  It feels and looks as dysfunctional as it sounds, but the research doesn’t lie and most pastors know it.”

Developed and refined over ten years both at Saddleback and through various small, medium and large churches in the Purpose Driven Church network, SLEEPING GIANT: No Movement of God without Men of God, is now available through LifeWay Church Resources and B&H Publishing Group as the cornerstone for a multi-year focus by LifeWay on Men’s Ministry.

Sleeping Giant was written for pastors and men worldwide.  The book is not shy about revealing this “broken bone” in the Body of Christ (the men) and the consequences for the church in letting it remain that way.

With a targeted and precise process, what Luck and Crick call the ‘Spiritual Pathway’, four critical ingredients are central to wide participation and success with men.  The men’s pathway must call men in the congregation, as well as the community to: Get In, Get Healthy, Get Strong, and Get Going.

This documented process, already implemented by other churches, is now available worldwide. It is drawing rave reviews from a wide array of top evangelical church and thought leaders who see the timing and relevance of Sleeping Giant as critical to the church’s current and future health.  Among these, an obvious supporter is the first beneficiary of the development process for Sleeping Giant. Pastor Rick Warren implores church leaders to experience the benefits of a community of men mobilized to support their pastor: “In Sleeping Giant, my men’s pastor Kenny Luck gives you a local church blueprint for moving men from the audience to the army in your congregation.  Let him help you build a leader-making engine that supports the vision of your church.”

Other endorsers agree with and affirm Warren’s exhortation:

“Sleeping Giant does what it infers – awakening men to their calling and potential.  Every pastor, church, and leader that desires to activate men for God’s work should read this book, and so should every man.  It’s a life-changer and a church-changer.”  George O. Wood, General Superintendent, The General Council of the Assemblies of God.

“As one of the most respected men’s ministry leaders in the country, Luck has taken his years of hard-earned experience to create a rare and effective resource for pastors who struggle to enlist men into God’s magnanimous will.  In Sleeping Giant, I especially appreciate his emphasis on justice, which is so important to God and to male spirituality. Consume this manifesto. Deploy its power today.” Paul Coughlin, Founder, The Protectors: Freedom From Bullying—Courage & Character for Life; Author, No More Christian Nice Guy.

“Sleeping Giant is a Masterpiece!  As I read it, my heart leaped inside.  I can’t wait for pastors and men’s ministry leaders to begin using it to awaken the Sleeping Giant in their churches and communities to reach and transform broken culture.”
Keith Burkhart, Family and Men’s Ministry Specialist, Baptist General Convention.

Kenny Luck is available in person or via simulcast to help launch the Sleeping Giant process in any church.  Contact Every Man Ministries for more information at 949-609-8780 or http://www.everymanministries.com/contact.htm.

To view Kenny’s personal video intro to Sleeping Giant, click here: http://www.EveryManMinistries.com/SleepingGiant.

An overhaul of the EveryManMinistries.com web site will soon offer an extensive content library in support of multi-year development for any church’s men’s ministry.

SLEEPING GIANT: No Movement of God without Men of God, by Kenny Luck and Tom Crick, is published through B&H Publishing Group and LifeWay Christian Resources.  The book and the DVD Leader Training Kit are in stores everywhere or available at http://LifeWay.com/KennyLuck.

About KENNY LUCK
Kenny Luck is a men’s expert: speaker, author, founder and president of Every Man Ministries, and the men’s pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, where 7,000 men participate in weekly small group gatherings. He is an award-winning author who has authored and coauthored 20 books, including Every Man, God’s Man, and the four books in the God’s Man series: Risk, Dream, Fight and Soar. He and his wife Chrissy have three children. Follow Kenny at http://Twitter.com/Kenny_Luck or http://Facebook.com/KennyLuck.

About TOM CRICK
Tom is currently the Director of Small Group Health at Saddleback Church and has worked with Kenny for the last ten years developing the Sleeping Giant model. Tom and his wife Jane serve together mentoring married couples.

About EVERY MAN MINISTRIES
For the past 10 years, Every Man Ministries has been dedicated to revolutionizing men’s ministry, freeing men spiritually, and empowering healthy family formation worldwide.  Every Man Ministries helps churches develop, grow, and maintain strong men’s communities that support the mission and vision of the local pastor and church.   http://www.EveryManMinistries.com

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Daniel G. Amen, M.D. Wants to Help Prevent Churches from ‘Sending People to Heaven … Early’

New York Times Best-Selling Book “Use Your Brain to Change Your Age” Outlines Plan to Help Church-Goers Reform Health in America

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., March 20, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Walking into church one Sunday, Daniel G. Amen, M.D. says he saw donuts for sale, bacon and sausage being grilled and hot dogs being prepared for after church. After sitting down, the minister referred to the ice-cream social the night before.

It was then, Dr. Amen had a sobering thought, “churches are sending people to heaven…early!”

Dr. Amen, a Christian and graduate of Oral Roberts University Medical School, New York Times bestselling author, and co-architect of The Daniel Plan at Saddleback Church, writes in his new book “Use Your Brain to Change Your Age,” that although well-meaning, churches are “hurting us with the food they offer.”

However, he also said churches that adopt a brain-healthy approach, as outlined in his new book, will have attendees who feel better, live longer, love better and have more energy to serve.

“We all want to serve the Lord, our families and communities as long as we can and with our best abilities,” said Dr. Amen. “In my new book, and at my clinics, people get specific ways and examples of how to enjoy life longer. I’ve also created an online community where people can connect, for free, with others at The Amen Solution (www.theamensolution.com).”

Brain-Healthy Church Basics

  1. Replace donuts with fresh fruit, nuts or oatmeal.
  2. Reward children stickers or healthy treats instead of candy and cookies.
  3. Replace vending machines containing poor choices, with healthy snacks.
  4. Change the habit of serving fatty foods at gatherings. The pastor needs to lead by example.
  5. Enlist a small group, or workout buddy, to join you on a healthy journey.

Dr. Amen said the brain typically becomes less active with age. Yet, with a little forethought and a brain smart plan like the one outlined in this book, it’s possible to slow or even reverse the aging process in the brain.

“Use Your Brain to Change Your Age,” is available at www.amazon.com and Barnes & Noble stores.

DANIEL G. AMEN, M.D. is a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and brain-imaging expert who heads Amen Clinics, Inc. with locations in Newport Beach, California, San Francisco, Reston, Virginia, and Bellevue, Washington (www.amenclinics.com). He authored five New York Times bestsellers “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life,” “Change Your Brain, Change Your Body,” “Magnificent Mind At Any Age,” “The Amen Solution” and his latest “Use Your Brain to Change Your Age.”

LifeWay Men to Host Tony Evans During Kingdom Man Live Webcast

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NASHVILLE, March 12, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Dallas megachurch pastor, speaker and author Tony Evans will discuss defining and raising the standard of biblical manhood during a March 14 live webcast to launch his new book, Kingdom Man.

Kingdom Man provides concepts for men to follow to help them actively pursue ways to develop and maximize the character qualities of biblical manhood in their lives.

In conjunction with the book’s release, LifeWay Men, a new men’s ministry within LifeWay’s church resources division, is releasing a six-week small group Bible study also titled Kingdom Man. This DVD-based series designed for individuals and small groups, features Evans in half-hour length sessions discussing how men can dig deeper and apply the book’s content.

The Kingdom Man Live webcast will feature special guests including Super Bowl-winning coach and NBC Sunday Night Football analyst Tony Dungy along with Evans’ daughter — author, speaker and New York Times best-selling author Priscilla Shirer.

Participants can log on to Kingdom Man Live webcast at Facebook.com/LifeWayMen.

Jason Ellerbrook, director of LifeWay Men, will co-host the program along with Scott Mills and Kenny Luck. Mills is a co-host of LifeWay Men’s monthly webcast, “Stand Firm.” Luck is an author and coauthor of 17 books including Every Man; God’s Man and other titles from the best-selling Every Man Series. He also serves as men’s pastor at Saddleback Church and is founder and president of Every Man Ministries.

Ellerbrook said the Evans release of Kingdom Man is timely.

“The Kingdom Man Bible study is a resource that will explain the road map to become the man God is looking for to advance His Kingdom,” said Ellerbrook. “This is a process that calls out the true warrior in a man and gives practical insights to prepare each man for the spiritual war that is raging in our world.”

Evans noted trends, such as the breakdown in family structure prompted him to write the new book.

“Being a man is the greatest responsibility and opportunity,” Evans said.

Kingdom Man Live webcast participants can also sign up for a sweepstakes with the winners being announced during the event. Prizes include a Kindle Fire, a $100 LifeWay gift card and men’s ministry materials for churches and small groups.

To learn more about LifeWay Men, the Kingdom Man Bible study or to view a list of webcast prizes, visit LifeWay.com/KingdomMan.

Faith and Pro-Life Leaders to Challenge Obama Mandate by Praying and Risking Arrest in Front of the White House

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Obama and HHS mandates at religious institutions energize and “fire up” pro-life and faith community before the 2012 elections.

The prayer vigil, news conference and public witness, will take place on Thursday, February 16, at 11:00 A.M.

It will be on the 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW side.

“A Time to Stand” is in response to President Obama mandating religious institutions coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception in their health plans.

“A Time to Stand” agrees with United States Catholic Conference of Bishops when they state:

“We note today’s proposal (by the President) continues to involve needless government intrusion in the internal governances of religious institutions, and to threaten government coercion of religious people and groups to violate their most deeply held convictions.

“In a nation dedicated to religious liberty as its first and founding principle, we should not be limited to negotiating within these parameters.  The only complete solution to this religious liberty problem is for HHS to the rescind the mandate of these objectionable services.”

It is also important to send a clear message to the Obama Administration that the faith community will spend time in jail rather than be coerced into complying with an immoral and unjust mandate.

Faith and pro-life leaders held a nationwide conference call on Monday discussing how to publicly respond to the Obama Administration mandates and the impact they will have on the 2012 elections.

A major national event is planned for March 23 in cities all across America.

Leaders and organizations are also being asked to sign “A Time to Stand Declaration” which affirms their commitment to risk jail rather than comply with unjust mandates.

The Declaration is listed below.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, says this about the planned arrests at the White House;

“The Obama Administration has attacked ideals, principles, and protections for which Americans have fought and died for. Therefore, the reaction is not only in the press, in the courts, and in the Congress. It is, should be, and will be in the streets.  Civil disobedience must be a part of the response.”

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, adds;

“The faith community can never be silent or indifferent when it comes to matters of justice, human rights and religious liberty. We want to make it clear to President Obama and all public officials that we would rather spend time in a dark prison cell than be coerced into complying with an immoral and unjust government mandate.

“We will be peaceful.  We will be humble.  We will be prayerful. But, we will stand!”

“A Time to Stand Declaration”

Thomas Jefferson said over 200 years ago, “I consider the government of the United States as interdirected by the Constitution from intermeddling in religious institutions their doctrines, disciplines or exercises.”

He went on to say, “No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the right of conscience against the power of public functionaries…”

Jefferson understood that one of the primary goals of government is to respect religious liberty and the role faith plays in matters of the individual conscience.  

In a letter from Archbishop Dolan to his fellow Bishops, he states;

“No government has the right to intrude into the affairs of the Church, much less coerce, the Church faithful to engage or cooperate in any way with immoral practices.

“It is the place of the Church, not of government to define religious identity.”

These words lay the foundation for the challenge the faith community faces regarding the dispute over President Obama’s and the Department of Health and Human Services‘ mandate for religious institutions to provide health coverage which pay for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraceptives.

What should the response of the Church and people of goodwill be in this matter?

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provides a clear and definitive answer to that question with this response:

“We note that today’s proposal (by the President) continues to involve needless government intrusion in the internal governance of religious institutions, and to threaten government coercion of religious people and groups to violate their most deeply held convictions.

“In a nation dedicated to religious liberty as its first and founding principle, we should not be limited to negotiating within these parameters.  The only complete solution to this religious liberty problem is for HHS to rescind the mandate of these objectionable services.

“We will therefore continue — with no less vigor, no less sense of urgency-our efforts to correct this problem through the other two branches of government.  For example, we renew our call on Congress to pass, and the Administration to sign, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act.”

As people of mercy, principle and justice, we also purpose in our hearts never to comply with an unjust or immoral government mandate which would require us to violate our conscience, the teachings of the Holy Scriptures and the historic teachings of the Church.

We will stand against injustice even if that means going to jail.

Pastor Rick Warren, Senior Pastor at Saddleback Church states concerning the Obama Mandate;

“I’d go to jail rather than cave in to a government mandate that violates what God commands us to do…Acts 5:29.”

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, challenges us this way;

“Therefore, the reaction is not only in the press, in the courts, and in the Congress.  It is, should be, and will be in the streets.  Civil disobedience must be part of the response.”

For the faith community, we can never be silent or indifferent when it comes to matters of justice, human rights and religious liberty.  We want to make it clear to President Obama and all public officials that we would rather spend time in a dark prison cell than be coerced into complying with an immoral and unjust government mandate.

We will be peaceful.  We will be humble.  We will be prayerful.  But, we will stand!

Saddleback Adds Military Campus in Afghanistan

In my world there is no such thing as being caught up on your reading. That doesn’t mean I don’t try. This morning I was reading up on some Christian religious news when I ran into  this article on how Saddleback Church in Southern California, created a branch campus of their church for our military men and women at a base in Afghanistan.

My immediate reaction was that this was one of the greatest ideas I had heard of in a long time. I have the greatest respect for the chaplains that serve in our military. However providing these kinds of  efforts to take some of the workload off of them is something we in the church world should have done a long time ago.

I have loved the United States Military ever since I was a child. That love only grew in 1983 when I joined the Texas State Guard. That love for our military inspires me as a minister to try and meet at least some of their needs where God gives me the opportunity. That’s why as we get Compassion Church of Katy up and running “military ministries” is one area I would like us to be involved in.

Katy, Texas where we are planting our church is not near any large military bases. However what Saddleback and other groups are doing proves that we don’t have to be. Technology for one thing is opening many incredible opportunities for ministry. The Katy Area is also home to many veterans, and military families, so this mission field is probably a lot nearer to our doorstep than we think.

As we go about organizing our church, and then growing it I don’t want to reinvent the wheel. However their are others around the country who are doing things much like I would like our church to do. do. Let’s learn from their example, help them where we can and improve on it where we get the chance.