“Men Alive” is a ministry to men, which includes every man that is a member of Keystone or is in some way connected to Keystone. More than ever, men are struggling to understand their roles and to live up to expectations. For every ten men in the church:
- Nine will have children who leave the church.
- Eight will not find their jobs satisfying.
- Six will pay the monthly minimum on their credit card bills.
- Five will have a major problem with pornography.
- Four will get divorced – affecting one million children each year.
- Only one will have a biblical world view.
- All ten will struggle to balance work and family.
The system of this world is almost perfectly designed to encourage men to rely on their own strength. It is easy for our projects and pressures to become more real to us than Jesus. Instead of walking by faith, we let our strength be our god. We then become controlling, angry, panicked, bitter, defensive, proud, and withdrawn.
Often we take a man from one performance-oriented culture (the world) and move him right into another one (the church). In both of these scenarios a man is basically relying on his own strength to be his god. We end up with men who are focused on whether their external behavior matches some ideal, but who are disconnected from a heart of faith. Every man wants:
- Something to which they can give their lives
- Someone with whom they can share their lives
- A personal system that offers a reasonable explanation for why the first two are so difficult
Men Alive can help men understand and apply the only “system” that really works. With Men Alive you will find encouragement, instruction, and support from other men who know what you’re going through.
There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. “For whom am I toiling,” he asked, “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?” This too is meaningless– a miserable business! Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! (Ecclesiastes 4:8-10, NIV)