1. Do you like salty Dutch licorice?
Yes. Yes we do.
2. Is it easy to run Malachi Man?
Yes! It just takes 3 simple steps:
- Order the videos
- Gather a group of guys
- Push play!
3. Can you tell me more about these Malachi Man Video Modules?
Who is it for?
All fathers of any aged children, sons aged 10+ (with their father or father figure) and younger men aged 18-50ish (single or married)
Who runs a Malachi Man Module?
Any man can facilitate a module (e.g., father, young man, grandfather, plumber, pastor, pirate etc.).
How long is the Module?
How often do we meet?
Every other week for a total of five sessions.
How long are the meetings?
About two hours. Each video is about 45 minutes long with breaks for discussion and fun activities.
What else is involved?
30 minutes of home study time per week with your son or on your own if your son is not attending.
What does it cost?
$90 for either a set of 6 DVD’s or $70 for a subscription to stream the videos from our website. You might want to charge the participants a small admission fee to recover this purchase price. However, we never want the cost to be a barrier. If the price is cost prohibitive, and you want to run a group, then simply contact us and ask for a reduced amount. I’m sure we can arrange something that is suitable.
What does the facilitator do?
The videos are designed to self-lead. The facilitator only needs to: choose a location, book the dates, invite participants (ask friends or run church announcements etc., promotional materials provided), and photocopying talksheets for each session. At the sessions, just press “Play.” Optional: there are simple, fun and interactive games provided for each session. These may require some simple preparation.
How big are the groups?
Small groups ranging from 5-30 participants is recommended.
What else do I need to run a Module?
A room (e.g., living room, Sunday school room, classroom, pirate ship etc.)
What can I expect?
Gaining a vision to have a father’s heart that resembles God’s heart for us. Men encouraged and equipped to make disciples, first in their own homes, then outside their homes. Boys maturing and embracing wisdom. The hearts of fathers and sons turned toward each other and all toward the father heart of God.
4. What is Malachi Man all about?
Our Mission Statement is:
Malachi Man exists to encourage, equip and empower fathers in identifying and fulfilling their biblical role of raising courageous, Christlike youth, while simultaneously helping youth honour parents and embrace wisdom.
Our vision comes from Malachi 4:6 “…turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers…”
5. Why should I learn about fatherhood if I don’t have any kids?
That’s a great question! Here are two answers:
1. Preparation: Most guys get married and have children at some point in their lives. When you do, you want to be prepared! Men spend years preparing for their career long before they work their first day. Athletes spend years preparing for significant competitions. In the same way, wise young men prepare for fatherhood BEFORE they have kids. Being successful in fatherhood is more important than career or sport (3 John 4).
2. Men are to be Fathers, regardless if they have children or not.
There is a biological fatherhood and a spiritual fatherhood, both are equally important.
All men have the same primary purpose in life: to love God and love others (Matthew 22:36-40). Intrinsic to this is making disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). God’s primary means of transforming families and nations is one-on-one discipleship. This is what Malachi Man is about. Any man who is discipling someone else toward Jesus is a spiritual FATHER (1 Corinthians 4:14-16).
“I am writing this not to shame you but to warn you as my dear children. Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. Therefore I urge you to imitate me.” 1 Corinthians 4:14-16
Here the apostle Paul is referring to himself as a father to his children; Timothy and the men at Corinth. However, Paul did not have any biological children (that we know of).
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 4
Here the apostle John describes how his greatest accomplishment and joy comes from his children walking in the truth. I would encourage any parent to use this verse as their vision statement for their homes; put it up on the wall! But did you know that the apostle John did not have any biological children (that we know of)? John is actually talking about those he discipled; his spiritual children. The Bible is clear, ALL men must actively be growing as a disciple of Jesus and making disciples. Such men are considered “fathers.”
6. What if I have biological children?
If a man has biological children, then his first priority is to disciple those inside his home before those outside the home. I know many pastors who have discipled many outside their homes but neglected their own children. This is a grievous mistake. Just as a father has “no greater joy than to know his children walk in the truth” so a parent has no greater sorrow if they don’t.
Therefore, when we teach on how to be a good father, it has application for every man, regardless if he has children or not. In our teaching we typically don’t distinguish between biological and spiritual fatherhood because the principles are the same; but perhaps more potent for biological fathers.
7. I’m just a boy, why should I be concerned about fatherhood?
Our culture says the way to have the most fun is to be self-indulgent and irresponsible for as long as possible. But this is a lie from Satan. God designed boys to man up much earlier than we typically think. Jewish boys had their bar mitzvah at age 13 and were then considered men, fully responsible for their actions, legally accountable and able to marry. Even in our Western culture, we read stories of young, mature teenagers, working hard and accomplishing heroic feats. (We don’t read about boys who squander their youth playing video games). Truth: The earlier a boy steps up to maturity and responsibility, the richer his life will be! I highly recommend the book, “Do Hard Things” (2008) written by two teenagers, Alex and Brett Harris and forwarded by none other than Chuck Norris.
8. What is the S.O.A.P. method?
1) Scripture: Start at the beginning of a Bible book and read a few verses or a section (e.g. Mark 1:1-8). It’s better to read less scripture and apply it than more scripture without application. Tomorrow, carry on with the next section until the book is completed. Write down the reference of the scripture you read. You can start at the beginning of any book but I would recommend starting with Mark 1:1-8.
2) Observations: Write down any observations in your journal. Consider Who, What, Where, When, and Why of the passage. (E.g. Who is John? What is baptism? Do I repent? What was John’s lifestyle? What is my lifestyle? Why was John telling everyone about Jesus? Do I tell others about Jesus? etc.) There are also great Bible study tools like Bible dictionaries and commentaries available online for free! Check out: www.biblegateway.com, www.e-sword.net and www.studylight.org
3) Application: Write down how this passage should affect or change your life (James 1:22-25). The more practical and specific the better. For example, writing: “I will tell the world about Jesus” likely won’t result in any change! However, “I’m going to visit my neighbour Joe this weekend and pray for an opportunity to find out what he believes about Jesus.” is a great application.
4) Prayer: Spend some time in prayer, asking God to change your life. Our part is to daily study His word and wholeheartedly try to apply it, but only God can change your heart.
Malachi Man is calling boys up to be men, to love God and serve others and experience life to the full.