The new men’s ministry at Grace Community Church, a Grace Brethren congregation in Goshen, Ind. (Jim Brown, pastor), has been featured in Family Man magazine, a regional publication in northern Indiana. A portion of the article appears below. To read the complete piece, click here.
Fight Club: Where Men are Learning to Fight for What Matters
Georgia’s son was young, she and her husband did the best they could to set his life on the right path. Even still, he made his own choices as he grew up and not all of them were for the best: “When he was just getting ready to go into Jr. High, we pulled him from the public school and put him in a Christian school. He had some of the best Bible teachers, and he just chose not to follow what was being taught. He chose the world instead of God’s way.”
Of course, this troubled Georgia, but thankfully her now 38-year-old son has begun to turn things around, thanks in large part to a new group called Fight Club. “Through this Fight Club, he has been able to kick his alcohol addiction. He has been able to turn his life around and follow the Lord and make God the priority in his life instead of the afterthought. He is making his family the priority instead of doing things that aren’t family oriented. It has been an amazing change. He is an entirely different person.”
Jeff Tinsley understands just how powerful Fight Club can be. “For me, I think Fight Club is a return to the discipline that God expects from us anyway, but so many men fail on that daily – that having accountability and the brotherhood of men who are all walking through and trying to live the life expected of us, helps us get to the next step, whatever that is.”
So what exactly is Fight Club? It’s a new offering for men at Grace Community Church in Goshen. It is a 12-week course where men come together in small groups to learn and grow together, keeping one another accountable along the way.