In January of this year, we expanded to include several more young men and a few of their dads as we gathered in our kitchen twice a month. I also invited several guest speakers. These were more-seasoned men and they were invited to share their lives and experience with a table full of young men. These have been great nights, with topics ranging all over the map from evangelism to ministry to marriage...great information from great men!
As the school year began this year, we added a few more changes: First, we chose a new name. We always called ourselves the "Do Hard Things Group," but thought that was a mouthful. So, we now call our group 4OneOne. This comes from a passage in 1Timothy 4:11, where Paul(an older man) instructs Timothy (a younger man) to "command and teach these things." Essentially, that is what I had been doing with these young men for the past few years. 4OneOne is also a place for the giving of Godly information: "Do you have questions? God has answers!"
We also moved to a more central location in town, allowing more young men to take part in the discussions. We meet in Modesto near highway 99 and our current group stretches from Sacramento to Oakdale to Turlock.
Lastly, I have been incorporating more or my peers to take part in the instruction of these young guys. My current favorite is "Howie's Minutes" where a good friend of mine takes a few minutes to encourage these young men in the habits of gentlemen. Holding doors open for women, choosing wise words with mothers/sisters are just a few of the recent discussions he has led.
To help with the discussions, we have chosen to use books that cover the topics. Over the past few years we have read through:
"Do Hard Things" by Brett and Alex Harris
"Not Even a Hint" by Josh Harris
"The Measure of a Man" by Gene Getz
"Courage to Flee" by Jeff Klick
and now a look at 1Timothy Chapter 4.
If you or someone you know is interested in being a part of 4OneOne, you can have them email me at the address on the right sidebar.
Quietly making noise,