NED Men's Ministry Annual Retreat
DELTA LAKE BIBLE CONFERENCE CENTER
Mark is currently the full-time Director of Spiritual Care at the Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission in Niagara Falls, NY. This position includes leading the New Life in Christ Discipleship program which is a long-term residential program for men.
Part-time he is the Pastor of Discipleship and Small Groups at Niagara Alliance Church, in Wheatfield, NY.
Before taking on his current roles, Pastor Mark has served as Director of Men’s Ministry, solo pastor, and church planter. Mark has close to 30-years of experience in working with men. He has been mentored by and studied under some of the leading names in the area of ministry to men. He is a veteran who served for over 20 years in both the Navy and Army National Guard.
Born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, he currently lives with his wife Anne in Niagara Falls, NY. They have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.
His passion is to see men come into a personal relationship with Jesus as their Savior and Lord, and for them to then lead others into this relationship. His two life verses are the Great Commission, Matthew 28:18-20 and Paul’s charge to Timothy to not just make disciples, but to make disciples who make disciples who make disciples. Success does not come after just one generation, but after four.
Philosophy of Ministry to Men
Men are suffering from an identity crisis. They do not know who they are. Most importantly they do not know who they are in Christ. Because they do not know who they are in Christ, they do not know who they are as husbands, fathers, co-workers. They do not know their manhood.
The media and society have corrupted the image of a man. Men are portrayed as weak, incompetent, lazy, crude, sexist. Unfortunately, this image has been adopted by men and it has become the reality.
The vast majority of our men feel trapped inside, and they are confused and suffering because of it. They have been conditioned by our culture to believe that their meaning and worth is in their outward performance, their jobs and careers, and their success. At some point in life, they begin to realize that something is missing, but they are not sure what it is and what to do with it. Even the men in our churches are feeling much of this tension.
Another issue is that often men do not have a safe space where they can be real with one-another. Where they can share the hard times, they may be experiencing and have other men come and walk alongside, helping them through the situation. We want to go beyond "Men's Breakfast" and help men build life-on-life relationships which help to strengthen the men in our churches.
We understand that pastors are experiencing the struggle of pastoring. We do not want to add something else to their plate, but we want to come alongside and help in any way we can. We are not looking at starting another program, but we want to help men build relationships and as they do grow together in their faith.
The mission of Alliance Men is to transform men into the image of Christ who will then transform the world around them.
We believe that the outcomes of meeting these goals will be men in our churches which are mature in their relationship with God, walking closer to Him and more like Jesus, truly fulfilling the image He intended for us. Our men will understand their true identity in Christ which then helps them to understand their true identity as a man, as a husband, as a father, as a leader within our churches.