Last month I had the privilege of visiting the First Baptist Church of Bloomfield, NJ. It's a great, multi-cultural church pastored by Jimmie Van Sant. I brought the Sunday morning Bible message, and then met with 20 men from the church for a cookout. At their request, I presented the URBACAD Life of Christ program, as well as Abundant Life and The Big Picture.
The men of First Baptist had been searching for a way to go deeper into their spiritual life, and to prepare for effective leadership in the church. One man said, the church's women have their Bible studies already, but we need something that challenges us to work hard, to discipline ourselves, and to grow together in Christ. Of course, the Life of Christ program fits all these criteria very well!
Pastor Van Sant sent me word last week that the men of his church have organized themselves into three small groups, meeting at differing times and places, to begin working through Book 1 and doing ministry assignments together. Two groups are starting this month, and one in September; about 20 men total are beginning this adventure together!
I'm available to help these groups implement the goals over the next three years, and I hope to see these men complete the program, and to see real spiritual fruit in their lives!