The late Dr Edwin Louis Cole, founder of the Christian Men’s Network, coined the phrase, “You’re a male by birth but a man by choice.”
Following this mantra, the men in City Harvest Chinese Church made a conscious decision to take up their God-given responsibilities and maximize their manhood at a series taught this year, which was open solely to men.
Tan Ye Peng, City Harvest’s deputy senior pastor who also oversees City Harvest’s Chinese Church, taught a series on Maximized Manhood for the male members of the Chinese Church.
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Tan talked about the purpose and responsibilities of men, and challenged the men in the audience to take up the role of leader in their families. He also encouraged them to have more fellowship and networking among themselves.
The men rose to the occasion and started to play a more active leadership role as husband and father in the family. Many wives and children testified that this has led to the strengthening of family ties.
To encourage male bonding and networking, an outing was organized. The men took a walk along the Southern Ridges, from Mount Faber Park to West Coast Park. Following the walk, the men shared and networked over dinner. It was a fruitful and enjoyable time for attendees.
The walk was organized by Loke Kit, 46, a construction professional. He said, “Most of the time, even in our own cell groups, we only hang out for half an hour or so after the meeting ends. There is hardly any time for in-depth communication or fellowship. This outing gave us a chance to get to know one another better.” The walk was hailed a success by the men and is the start of more to come.
The Men’s Ministry in the Chinese Church has proved such a hit that even the women in Chinese Church are requesting for a Women’s Ministry to be started!