This weekend, I'm speaking at the Men's retreat for the Livermore Church of Christ. The topic is, "Fearless." It's what every man is supposed to be, isn't it. Yet, in these times, it's hard to not be just a little afraid…or even a lot afraid.

In some ways, men are the overlooked parishioners of the church. I know that some would disagree with that statement, given what could appear to be a chauvinism of sorts in churches with all male leadership. But, on the whole, men, it seems to me, are among the most disengaged and underachieving demographic groups in the church.

When men of God can catch fire and allow God to use them in to the fullest extent, it's awesome to behold…as it is for a woman of God.

The church struggles with what to say to men. Typically, it says three things.
  • Work harder for God.
  • Don't look at porn.
  • Be a better husband and father. 

This isn't going to captivate their imaginations, or call the best out of them. What's missing, it seems to me, is a clear vision of what a godly man looks like, and what he's capable of. When we reduce godly manhood to work harder, be better, and don't look at porn, we miss out on the potential power of God's work in the lives of men. 

Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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