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The purpose of this paper and the attached training manual is to provide a transformational men’s ministry experience at Community Covenant Church in Eagle River, Alaska. A two-year journey through the Sermon on the Mount is used as the vehicle for this transformation. The thesis is that the cultural confusion regarding what it means to be male needs to be addressed in the discipleship of men. It is further argued that a lack of clear emphasis on discipleship in churches can be overcome by employing the Sermon on the Mount as a curriculum for making male disciples.
This discussion is presented in three sections. Part One explores the historical context of male discipleship in churches in North America and pays particular attention to the confusion of male identity and roles in both church and home. The cultural context of men at Community Covenant Church then is examined in light of this and how they are similar to men in North America in general. Five struggles for these men are identified which are similar to the struggles of most men in North American culture.
The discussion then transitions into theology. It is argued that “essential masculinity” is beyond social construction and is modeled in the person of Jesus Christ. Four callings of manhood are identified, and a three-part model for transformation is presented. Finally, the Sermon on the Mount is examined as a vehicle for male discipleship and transformation.
Part Two is concerned with transformational goals, learning environments for men, an effective learning template, pedagogy, and assessment. This is followed by a sample of the Mountain Men material in the appendix. It is hoped that this guide will be transferrable to the broader North American Church.
Content Reader: John Hull, DMin
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Meredith, Mark, "A Transformational Journey for Men Through the Sermon on the Mount at Community Covenant Church" (2012). Doctor of Ministry Projects. 86.