The General Assembly Mission Council, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the National Council of Presbyterian Men have formed a Covenant of Agreement. The National Council of Presbyterian Men was officially established in 1948 but can trace its beginnings to 1906-1907. The mission of Presbyterian Men is to lead men into a vital relationship with Christ and to assist them in their spiritual, personal and community development.
Work of Men of the Church in the PC(USA) is currently carried out through their covenant partnership with Presbyterian Men.
Men of the Church Sunday – June 16, 2013
Throughout the liturgical year, the General Assembly has chosen special Sunday observances. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has designated certain Sundays to recognize the Gifts of Women, Older Adults, Families, Young People, and Men of the Church. Men of the Church Sunday is one of these special observances, It is a day for recognizing the gifts and contributions to ministry that men have made in every congregation, and to give thanks for the witness that they make in the home, the workplace, community, and church.
Men of the Church Sunday is designated as the Sunday usually recognized as Father’s Day. It was an intentional act of the General Assembly to recognize the contributions of men, but not limit it to those men who have children, and to be inclusive of single men, step-parents, and men who are unable to be with their children on this day. Regardless of their family situation, all men of the church have been called by God to share their time, talents, spirit, and energies fulfilling their call to be disciples of Jesus Christ.
On June 16, 2013, congregations are invited to celebrate “Men of the Church Sunday.” This can be a day of thanksgiving and new beginnings, as all congregations recognize, rejoice, and renew their commitment to providing vital ministries with men, that men might perform their unique ministries in the home, church, and community. Use this to design your Order of Worship.
Men's Bible Studies
Men of the Church in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) provides 13 Old Testament and 11 New Testament Bible studies to aid congregations in this area of ministry. Each study is inspired by a book of the Bible and includes seven sessions for open discussion. You can download these Bible studies. Here are some passages from the bible study inspired by First Samuel.
Fathers, Brothers, Friends, and Others: A Study of Male Relationships
A Seven-Session Bible Study for Men
by H. Michael Brewer
The Reason for This Study
We trust in God the Holy Spirit,
everywhere the giver and renewer of life . . .
The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles
rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture.
These words from "A Brief Statement of Faith," adopted officially by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 1991, state a primary conviction of Presbyterians. Presbyterians believe that God's Spirit actually speaks to us through the inspired books of the Bible, "the unique and authoritative witness to Jesus Christ in the church universal, and God's Word" (Book of Order, PC(USA), G 14.0516) to each of us.
Recent studies, however, have shown that many men know very little of what the Bible says; yet many do express a desire to learn. To help meet that need, this Bible study guide has been prepared at the request and with the cooperation of the National Council of Presbyterian Men of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and its president, Youngil Cho.
Session One: Men as Fathers and Sons
Fatherhood? Sonship? Why begin our discussion there? After all, not all men are fathers. True. Although most adult men may be fathers in our culture, by no means is every male called to fatherhood. However, every male begins his life as a son, and our relationship (or lack of relationship) with our fathers has a lifelong impact on our personalities, our possibilities, our outlook on the world and our self-image. We can hardly begin a discussion of male relationships without considering what is ideally our first relationship with another man.