WHY WE EXIST
Iron Men’s Ministry provides relevant, man-friendly evangelistic events that reach men where they live and play. Iron Men Ministry also believes that when a man receives Jesus Christ, that man will seek help to build and strengthen his marriage and family. We believe strengthening men’s ministries in local churches creates relevant places for men to build significant friendships.
“AS IRON SHARPENS IRON, SO ONE MAN SHARPENS ANOTHER.”
Our goal is to disciple men in the Word of God. We’re answering the call of God to “Lift up the name of Jesus and I will draw all men to myself.”
Iron Men’s Ministry began in 2006 in one Visalia church but began rapid, exponential growth when two men’s ministry leaders came together in 2008 and answered the call of God to join their efforts and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to men who do not attend church. Iron Men Ministry started citywide evangelistic outreaches, tailored to where men live and play, by creating a man-friendly space where Christian men could bring their friends to hear the gospel. Twenty-six churches quickly saw the success of Iron Men reaching unchurched men and Iron Men went from local and regional, to national. These churches utilized the Iron Men events to increase their own church outreaches to men. Soon after, many of these churches discovered that they needed to be equipped to build healthy men’s ministries within their churches. The Iron Men Ministry leadership created a training conference, provided materials, and started training these churches.
As Iron Men continued to do very successful evangelistic events, they brought the gospel to tens of thousands of men. Leadership of Iron Men Ministries changed hands in 2016 to Pat Biggs of Encounter Church in Fresno, California. Pat Biggs brought George Ordway on board to rebuild the IM organization, program, and Board in early 2017. The theme of the New Iron Men Ministry in 2017 is to “Reignite the Fire.” Today, the Iron Men Ministry is poised to reach unchurched men like never before.
Iron Men Ministries believes that Jesus Christ is the only way, truth and life and the only way to the Father.
We believe the Church of Jesus Christ is the hope of the world! We endeavor to come alongside local churches and serve them in building outreach bridges where men can come to know Christ and assimilate into local churches. Iron Men’s Ministry is not a church congregation! Our commitment is not to become a church. We see our God call and role as an arm of The Church doing the work of an evangelist in these scriptures: Ephesians 4 – “Equip the Saints to do the work of the Gospel.”
2 Timothy 4:2 – “Preach the Word, be prepared in season and out of season.”
1 Corinthians 9:22 – “To the weak I
became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.”
Matthew 28 -” Therefore go make disciples.”
Arguably the Church of Christ is losing its appeal to the American male. As an institution, it is increasingly viewed as non-relevant and out-of- touch in responding to the concerns and needs of men. Consider the erosion of professions of faith by generation as reported by the Billy Graham Association:
— Builder generation – 65% professed faith in Christ
— Boomers – 35% professed faith in Christ
— Gen X – 15% professed faith in Christ
Of the kids alive today, a projected 4% will profess their faith in Christ. According to the Heritage Foundation Family Facts www.familyfacts.org, studies have shown attendance in church among men is constantly decreasing. The results of these facts are never good, and result in decay in family structure that sets the next generation in the wrong direction, poorer job performance, deterioration of individual health, and as a final result, the community suffers because of these trends. And the recent trend toward “simple church” and androgynous ministries makes church-going even less appealing to a masculine soul.
Men in America are responsible for 85% of all indictable crimes, 90% of murders and 98% of sexual offenses; and 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes. This coming Sunday, there will be 13 million more adult women than men in America’s churches. As many as 90% of young males who are being raised in church will abandon this upbringing by their 20th birthdays. For every ten men
in the church, nine will have children who leave the church, eight will not find their jobs satisfying, seven will have a major problem with pornography, six will say they don’t have any close friends, five will lose relationship with at least one of their peers, and four will get divorced. We recognize that less than 10% of churches in the US have a men’s ministry.