Two years ago, in October 2009, we hosted an event called Future Men. This event provided a language, theology, and practical applications of what it looks like to raise up the next generation of men. We had almost 400 parents, grandparents, and leaders attend.
From our Men's Roundtable teaching, we taught the Biblical definition of manhood to be...
A real man is one who rejects passivity, accepts responsibility, leads courageously, and expects God's reward.
We also walked through 3 main stages of going from boys to men:
- Authority. God's authority needs to be established, as well as the authority He's delegated to parents, teachers, and other leaders. When an authority tells a child to "do this," he needs to be taught to obey quickly, completely, and happily.
- Responsibility. During this stage, your son needs to learn to "handle his deal." He needs to be challenged and respected.
- Partnership. By this stage, you are no longer standing over your son, but you are standing alongside him.
You can view several video discussions that emerged from this event on our YouTube channel (search "Future Men") Several that might be of interest to you:
Coming up on November 4th & 5th, we will be hosting the sister event to Future Men, appropriately called Future Women. Here, we will be walking through the language, theology, and practical applications of what it looks like to raise up the next generation of women. We encourage all parents, grandparents, and leaders of girls and young women to attend this event. Save the date, and stay tuned for more information about this event!