5 Tools that Strength uses to help change the community
Strength is a five-week course where we address some of the issues men go through by focusing specifically on courage, significance and resilience. During the course, the goal is always about building relationships. We want to show the men who attend that they are significant, purpose-built and are here for a reason. We hope to lead men into finding their purpose. Most of the time, men need the courage to step into their purpose and the resilience to remain consistent in their walk, through all the many challenges that they could face. At Strength, we aim to come alongside men and to equip them to lead and impact in every sphere of their lives. The key ways we try to build this kind of community at Strength are through creating unity, encouraging relationships, beating addictions, understanding anger and finding purpose.
In our first week at Strength, we come together as a group to create networks between the men of the church and community. Men are encouraged to share some of their stories and build relationships with each other in conversations centered on the theme for the week. In this way, men are not living in isolation; we need unity in our communities to be able to change for the better.
Another way we try to build community in Strength is by encouraging relationships. In our second week, we take a look at men’s relationships in all spheres of life including their relationships with their wives, children, neighbours, coworkers, and friends. We equip men to be better fathers, husbands, friends, employees and citizens, in turn strengthening their communities.
We take time in the third week to look at addictions. A powerful message is spoken this week as men face opposition from all angles. We are blessed to have fantastic testimonies and group participation during this week that reiterates the importance of accountability and subjectivity to Jesus. We look at the danger of idols, and the fact that an absence of purpose is the main driving factor behind addiction. When men understand their purpose, communities thrive.
Anger can be such a big issue for men, which is why we focus week four of Strength to understanding anger better. Misdirected anger hurts us as men, and it hurts our relationships. We aim to understand anger better as it can actually be channelled and used for good. The goal is to equip men to express their anger in healthy ways.
Our ultimate purpose as men is to express God’s nature through our actions and words; and in doing so, glorifying God wherever we represent him in our community. A man of purpose is a man who will affect change, and the entire Strength course builds to this last powerful session where we allow men to grasp the revelation of their true purpose and what this means for them.
Kyle Martin- Strength Course Facilitator at Century City.