I’ve had a heart for teaching boys how to be men for a long time. The past couple of years I’ve had the privilege of fleshing out that heart by leading a Bible study for guys in our church. It’s simple. Girls typically need only to sit down and talk in order to connect. You put them in a room that is nicely decorated, some nice snacks in the middle, a few candles and you can typically have a Bible study with deep discussion (I know I’m oversimplifying, ladies, but it’s just to prove a point). It’s not that way with guys. We need something to do, some common experience or task to bond us. A couple years ago I took some guys to the Alps for a hiking trip. Our struggle up the mountains bonded us and led into meaningful discussion. For my guys group I fire up the grill and tell them all to bring some meat to cook. When there is fire the men will congregate. As we sit down in my living room with a plate full of meat there is lively conversation and bonding over our creation. Then we drift into the topic of the day. We’ve talked about anger, sex, marriage, being a gentleman, and what does it mean to be a man. It has been so cool to see these boys and men ask questions and struggle with the topics.
Filip has been coming for the past two years. He always brings a new marinade for the meat each week. He first started talking to me about being a man when he started dating a rather attractive girl from the youth group who was 2 years his senior. Jirka is my neighbor. He’s been bringing his 12-year-old son Tomáš to the studies. Kryštof is growing up in a very godly home and is at the point of deciding to make his faith his own. Štěpán has been coming to church his whole life and is discovering what it means to have his own faith in Christ. Pray for each of these guys as they seek to become men of God.