Man Up Program
This ministry is to and for all men, there will
however be a focus on African-American Men.
Although this is presented as a men to men
ministry, women are also welcome and will be
very much included in this movement.
This is more than just another ministry, it
is a ministry movement. The vision for
this movement is that the vision will catch fire
and spread across the country.
This ministry movement is born out of concern
for the survival of the African-American male.
We are losing far too many of our men and boys
through the gaps in our society. All of us in
our communities have at one time or another
either wondered or questioned what is going on
and why are we losing so many men, young and
old, through the gaps. The gaps of violence,
addictions, gangs, poor health and poor health
practices, unemployment, incarceration, and
It seems that the concern is on the hearts and
minds of many, but who is doing something about
it. Sure there are many programs that are
having very good success rates, but are we doing
enough and is the focus in the right places?
And this statement is by no means a discount to
all of the wonderful work that so many people
are dedicated to.
I find that many programs focus on behavioral
changes, emotional adjustments, mental health,
changing the man's self-image, and the majority
of these programs focus on men who are in some
phase of the system, but who is concentrating on
the really deep healing and transformation from
the trauma in the man’s soul. I know we do our
evangelistic thing, but what about having those
conversations that we normally place off limits,
but the ones that we really need to have.
Those conversations on sacred grounds such as
the struggles that men have going on internally
but will never admit to having. The darkness on
the inside that knags at us, that we gloss over.
The deep anger that we act out of, but never
address the root of the anger. The sense of
hopelessness and the root of it that we never
talk about. The struggles with our sexuality
that we don't talk about. The deep seated fears
that we have but will not own up to. The low
self-esteem and loneliness as the result of
abandonment, abuse, violence, negative talk, bad
role models, the full spectrum from the effects
of the father or father figure in our lives,
racism and the residual effects that slavery has
left upon us.
We have become masters at masking over these
issues and have learned how to be great
stuffers, but all of these are struggles that
some of us men deal with every day of our
lives. Imagine what if we could be freed of
just some of these things, let alone all of
them. Just imagine what one’s life would look
Even asking for some people to imagine this
is too much of a stretch, for the hurts and
disappointments are so deep, that they will not
allow themselves to imagine being healed for
fear of yet another failure. But these
conversations must take place and they will take
place in the Man-Up Huddles that will be taking
place all across America.
Man-Up is a unique
ministry movement that will address these tough
topics and have those difficult conversations
and then allow the Holy Spirit and the Word of
God to heal those wounds.
Man-Up will help
men establish their new-normal after their
transformation. Then to change our attitudes
and perceptions about life.
We need men all across America to get
involved in this Man-Up movement as both
protégés and as mentors. There is strength in
the numbers, so the more men the better. From
these “Huddles”, champions or “Quarterbacks”
will emerge to champion the Man-Up Movement it
Men have suffered at the crossroads or the
intersection of oppression. The oppression
includes poverty, racism, and domestic violence.
As each one of these vehicles attempt to
maneuver through this intersection it crashes
into one or more of the other vehicles. These
crashes always leave wreckage, wreckage that
includes more violence, domestic violence, gang
violence, deep anger, addictions, low
self-esteem, unemployment, sexual perversion,
pornography, incarceration, poor health and poor
health habits, early and untimely deaths.
Who's effected by this wreckage? It effects our
families, causes broken homes, high divorce
rate, single parent homes, hopelessness,
homelessness, depression, and most importantly
it effects our children.