By Rev. Randy Valimont
It is interesting to note as we have recently celebrated Father’s Day the different impact of Father’s Day (vs. Mother’s Day) on the local church.
Winning men must become a priority in our culture. Statistics show that when a man finds Christ, 86% of the time his whole family will follow him into the Kingdom. Yet based on what we typically see in most churches on Father’s Day, men don’t usually attend church in droves. The exceptions to that are when churches and leaders emphasize the man’s role as priest of his home.
As always, our model should be Jesus. He was able to get some of the toughest men on the planet to follow Him and give their lives for Him, and yet was tender enough to stand in front of Lazarus’s tomb and weep.
The balance that Jesus displayed was incredible and far reaching. Men like challenges. They like to conquer things, and they certainly like adventure. Following Christ provided all of these and more for the 12 disciples.
Today, the spiritual challenges in the world are more than ever before, but the strides we’re making are also greater than any before in human history. Global University continues to penetrate the darkness through online colleges and creative ways of equipping and training pastors all over the world.
The challenge to preach the Gospel in every nation is a different one, but not an impossible one. When men are challenged by someone who believes his own vision and is willing to give his life for it and respond, then the “impossible” becomes possible.
In the opening remarks of the Gospel of John, a statement was made by John the Baptist.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John (John 1:6 NKJV). As a leader, I try to challenge the men and women under my sphere of influence to insert their name in this statement. As they do, they open their minds to the possibility of changing the world for Christ.
Don’t give up on the men in your life. Jesus challenged them with a God-sized goal and vision. “There was a man sent from God whose name was__________.” May we as men and women be able to insert our names.
Pastor Randy Valimont and his wife, Jelly, are celebrating 20 years of service at Griffin Assembly this year. Pastor Valimont also serves as President of Calcutta Mercy Ministries, is a General Presbyter for the Assemblies of God, and serves on a number of state, national and international boards.