What we believe
Jesus Christ is the foundation of our lives.
We desire to help men foster a personal relationship with God, His Son, and the Holy Spirit. We encourage men to develop positive relationships and spiritual leadership in their homes, workplaces, churches, and communities that reflect Christ’s leadership and priorities.
That’s why our ministry of introducing Jesus Christ into the lives and men—and their priorities—is built upon the following seven central tenets of the Christian faith. We believe:
– The Bible is the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
– There is only one God. He exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
– In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return to power and glory.
– That for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential
– In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
– In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life, and the lost unto the resurrection of eternal damnation.
– In the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
We work with men right where they are
Personal involvement. From the start, we are a relational ministry. Often, men with whom we meet are at a serious crossroads in life: marriage problems, divorce, financial problems, job loss, family struggles, personal failings, addictions, or many other problems. At other times, they reach out to us out of a desire to grow stronger and deeper in Christ.
Individual meetings involve Christ in the process. For many men, quiet meetings over breakfast or lunch help them identify issues which need work and prayer. Through focused discussions, prayer, Scripture, and encouragement, often a path toward new priorities and growth becomes clear.
Discipleship and relationship-building. We spend time with individual men discipling, teaching, and encouraging them to develop a solid spiritual foundation. Over time, these relationships build trust and mutual concern.
Small group involvement. As a man begins to grow spiritually, one excellent path is belonging to a small group of men who are committed to Jesus Christ and to one another. Often these groups focus on Scripture, prayer, sharing, and accountability.
Men’s retreats. Each year, Priority One Greensboro is involved in the planning and leadership of many retreats and training sessions. We have partnered with Marked Men for Christ ministry to hold retreats and training sessions throughout North Carolina. The focus is helping men understand how operating out of their woundedness has impacted their lives and that Jesus offers a cup of healing. These experiential weekends get men “out of their heads” and into their hearts in a safe environment. Additional training sessions and soul groups (small groups) are designed to help men further what they learned on these Phase One weekends.
Helping churches develop men’s ministry. From meeting individually with pastors to encourage them, to speaking to men’s groups, to providing consulting services to local churches and regional workshops focused on outreach to men, Priority One seeks every opportunity to encourage men’s ministry.
Priority One has clear priorities of its own.
First, to introduce men to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and over time, to encourage a deepening commitment to Christ as Lord of home, work, church, and relationships.
Second, to involve men in small groups where personal spiritual growth, accountability, and vulnerability help men to develop sound Christ-centered priorities and relationships.
Third, to encourage mentoring or discipling relationships with men who are newer in the faith. This encourages further growth through teaching, example, and positive interaction.
Fourth, to challenge men on serious issues. Our teaching times, small groups, and retreats usually focus on areas with which men struggle at different times in their lives, such as marriage, money, work, selfishness, desires, relationships, and leadership. We believe that retreats are valuable to men as a time to rethink, reflect, and to make new choices for their future.
Fifth, to help men assume positive leadership at home and at work. Growing financial and social pressure and obligations have diminished the role of father and husband. As a man’s priorities change over time, he will become better equipped to provide good leadership.
Sixth, to help churches develop a meaningful and productive men’s ministry. We support them through consulting with church leadership and sponsoring training workshops throughout the Mid-Atlantic States.
Why a men’s ministry?
If you reach men for Jesus Christ, the influence upon others can be far-reaching. Here’s why:
Families. The most dramatic impact in a family usually happens when a man begins to live a Christ-centered life. Our desire is to influence change in the character of men to reflect that of Jesus Christ and God’s word.
Wives. Nothing benefits a woman’s life more than if her husband loves her as Christ loved the Church—sacrificially and unconditionally.
Children. The enormous and life-changing effect a father can have on his children for good or bad is without question. We believe that if a father reaches out to his children (and their mother) with the heart of Christ, all of their lives will surely be affected forever. Men are encouraged to take an active role in this spiritual training of their children.
Business. When a man’s values and priorities become Christ-centered, the way he conducts his business, treats his employees and co-workers, and makes decisions all have the potential for real change.
Church and Community. As a man’s life begins to reflect Christ, he is frequently better equipped to contribute leadership and involvement in a local church and the community at large.
Priority One Foundation is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) organization which is supported by the voluntary gifts of individuals, organizations, and local churches. We exist only out of the generosity of individual donors like yourself. Would you consider a one time gift in support of our mission to encourage and mentor men? Or, if you are able, please consider becoming a monthly donor by clicking here to contribute securely.