The Hall of Men
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. (Hebrews 12:1)
A monthly meeting of men in the church to discuss a hero of the faith and the obligations of Christian manhood. Loosely based on the Eighth Day Institute’s Hall of Men (https://www.eighthdayinstitute.org/hall_of_men)
Our first meeting will be on September 11, and we will meet on the second Tuesday of each month thereafter, from 7:00-9:00 pm
Initially, we will meet in the Fellowship Hall at the Church. We may eventually be hosted in volunteered homes by men in the group.
how to participate:
The Hall of Men exists to promote Godly camaraderie among men and to encourage and equip men to live lives of obedience and faith by imitating godly men of the past. Men are welcome to come to any meeting and see what it's like. If you have questions, please contact Zack Clemmons. You can signup for the group HERE.
Each meeting will loosely follow a basic pattern
7:00-7:30 - Refreshments & general fellowship
7:30-8:00 - Introductory Prayer + Biographical/Theological Lecture on a hero of the faith
8:00-9:00 -- Meeting liturgy + Post-lecture discussion of hero & a particular aspect of manhood
The basic idea of the Hall of Men is to gather men for the purposes of camaraderie, learning, and challenge. Camaraderie, in giving the men of the church a monthly extracurricular "space" in which they can gather to enjoy good food, drink, and conversation. While we can’t program authentic community, the hope is to set up conditions amenable to honesty, easy-going and serious-minded conversation, and lasting good will. Each meeting will feature, after an opening liturgy, a man introducing and discussing one of their heroes of the faith (anyone from Irenaeus to Cranmer to Benedict XVI), providing a biographical sketch and going in depth on some aspect of that hero’s theology or particular faithfulness. With a new or familiar Christian man having captured our imaginations, we will offer a toast in his memory, and then we’ll enter into the second part of each meeting - a liturgy, the center of which is a passage of Scripture and discussion of an aspect of manhood (anything from fatherhood to friendship to mission, or the like). We hope to challenge one another, aspiring to and achieving a level of clarity and honesty and saturation in Scripture and Godly wisdom such that each man present might come away with a personal call to greater fidelity and virtue.