“Every Man A Son – Bridging the Generations” was the theme for the 3rd Annual Men’s Conference in 2010, where we had the privilege and honour of having guest conference speaker, Dr Josh McDowell, a world-renowned speaker and writer.
Our inspiration of this conference arises from the fact that every man is first a son, and in the context of this Conference, the son of an earthly father.
Why is this of any significance? It follows from two key convictions:
In the Bible, we also see Jesus as the unique Son of God and his being, in that sense, a “model” son and having a “model” Heavenly Father in God Himself. This inspires and instructs us and pictures for us, an ideal father-son, son-father relationship and how we can address the reality that men fall short of being either of these models (either son or father) in this earthly life where we live.
This conference includes a programme booklet (for reflection, discussion and action) and connection notes. They are ideal for use by men’s ministries at regular men’s ministry equipping meetings and or men’s discipleship small groups. This series falls under the IDENTITY theme of our MMN resources.
Dr Josh McDowell
As a young man, Josh McDowell considered himself an agnostic. He truly believed that Christianity was worthless. However, when challenged to intellectually examine the claims of Christianity, Josh discovered compelling, overwhelming evidence for the reliability of the Christian faith. After trusting in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, Josh’s life changed dramatically as he experienced the power of God’s love.
After his conversion, his plans for law school turned instead to plans to tell a doubting world about the truth of Jesus Christ. After studying at Kellogg College, Josh completed his college degree at Wheaton College and then attended Talbot Theological Seminary, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Master of Divinity degree. In 1961 Josh joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ International. Not long after, he started the Josh McDowell Ministry to reach young people worldwide with the truth and love of Jesus.
Well known as an articulate speaker, Josh has addressed more than 10 million young people, giving over 24,000 talks in 118 countries.
As he traveled to other countries, Josh quickly realized that where people were sick, homeless, and hungry, words were not enough. In 1991 Josh founded Operation Carelift to meet the physical and spiritual needs he discovered in orphanages, hospitals, schools, and prisons in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Since that time, Operation Carelift has delivered humanitarian aid (food, clothing, and medical supplies) worth more than $46,000,000. That is the equivalent of 278 forty-ton containers. Nearly one million children have received school supplies, food items, hygiene items, and toys from the volunteers that travelled twice a year to share God’s love with them.
Josh has received two significant honors from the Russian people because of these efforts. He was elected as an honorary fellow of the Medical Society.