Holy Trinity Men’s Ministry Recap
Here’s my notes on next steps from the Sat. ____ meeting.
Holy Trinity Men’s Ministry
Open to all men of Holy Trinity or other Eastern Orthodox churches in the DFW area.
Open to Orthodox members or those on journey to Orthodoxy.
Schedule is currently set for the next six month.
Meets the 1st Saturday of each month for approximately 1.5 hours. Usually starts at 9am unless there is a church service that morning, in which case it starts after the service ends.
Current structure is to have a main meeting once a month oriented around equipping men spiritually. Initially, we will use a four-week curriculum entitled ‘Lionheart Sessions: The Pursuit’ from Faithtree, a ministry of St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Van Nuys, CA.
Men’s Ministry meetings should respect the privacy of issues that we share since we want to be open and transparent but also considerate of confidentiality.
In addition to the monthly main meeting (which has a seminar and educational focus, with potentially dozens of men in attendance) we will also have (1) occasional special events (such as a sporting event, gun range shooting, or a BBQ cookout), and (2) small groups that meet on a recurring basis organized around the interests of the subgroup.
Examples of subgroups include a bi-weekly breakfast group, a military history and wargaming group, and ‘text buddy’ groups. A common focus of the small groups is that they meet on a recurring basis, discuss men’s issues, and pray for and support each other in our quest to be holy men.
We need help setting up special events and small groups, so float your ideas for approval by the clergy and help us get folks meeting with each other and building friendships!
Infrastructure Next Steps
Name — We need to decide on a name (Holy Trinity Men’s Ministry, Holy Trinity Men’s Fellowship, Ss. Peter & Paul Men’s Ministry, DFW Orthodox Men, etc.). Holy Trinity Men’s Ministry is usually what we’ve called it in the past, but if we are touting it as being open to all area men regardless of home parish, having a more generic name might help thwart the misperception of proselytizing (which isn’t what we intend to do!).
Website — Stan can work with Fr. Mark to craft updated text for this page which we can then get updated:
Social Media — We discussed setting up a PRIVATE Facebook group. This would require moderator approval (Stan can moderate the group), and would allow members to discuss, share pictures, setup events for the small groups, organize a calendar, etc.
Contacts and Email List — Stan will create an email list using Google Groups which you can use to email everyone in the men’s ministry. Stan will also maintain a master list of phone numbers of members. Although much activity might be on the private Facebook group, we will also email out key information via email such as the dates and times of upcoming events.
Pictures Policy — If we setup a Facebook group, we’ll want a picture policy. In a private group, pictures shared within that group are only visible to members of that group. If we want even more protection we can have a policy of not taking pictures that show faces in photos.
Ultimate Warfare Small Group
Here’s my proposal for the men’s ministry small group focused on military history and wargaming.
The Ultimate Warfare is for our souls. Our men’s ministry small group focuses on fellowship and friendly games which tie in discussions of military history and warfare as a metaphor for spiritual warfare.
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Saint Paul the Apostle).
“Everyone who would follow our Lord Jesus Christ is engaged in spiritual warfare.” (Saint Silouan the Athonite)
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of stronghold, casting down imaginations (λογισμούς) and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God.” (Saint Paul the Apostle).
“The spiritual struggle has much in common with ordinary warfare, and in this battle we must likewise be brave. The courageous soul thereby vanquishes her enemies, whereas the cowardly soul despairs and thus perishes.” (Saint Silouan the Athonite)
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Saint Paul the Apostle).
Tentatively we would call the small group ‘Ultimate Warfare’ but we can consider other names.
Interested men would meet on a recurring basis in a private home. Based on earlier polling, Monday nights seem like the best option. Meetings would start on Jan. 14 and run the second Monday of each month (exceptions being Mar. 4 (we’d meet 1 week earlier due to Lent) and April (No meeting due to Lent). I suggest we re-evaluate after three months if we need to change schedule or format.
Stan’s house (801 Appalachian Drive, Wylie, TX 75098) to start.
Meetings will be military history themed. Initially, we’ll focus on World War II.
5:30-6:30pm — Food and Fellowship (Men gather, either eating before or bringing fast-food and eating at Stan’s house)
6:30-6:45pm — Military History Themed Devotional (to start, we’d use “Stories of Faith and Courage from World War II” by Larkin Spivey
6:45-7:45pm — Military Wargame Session 1 (we’ll use “One-hour Wargames” by Neil Thomas
7:45-8:00pm — Dessert Break
8:00-9:00pm — Military Wargame Session 2
If there is sustained interest in this format, we could break the meetings into ‘seasons’. A season would be several months long and focus on one period of military history. Season One would be World War II. Season Two could be focused on Greek Warfare, Napoleonic Warfare, American Civil War, or whatever periods were of most interest to the group for gaming but that would also allow for related discussions on spiritual warfare.
Registration and Group Size
This small group is open to all, but due to the logistics of gaming tables and supplies, it would be great to get a head count in advance for planning purposes. For logistical reason, we would need to cap attendance after a certain point (I’ll think over what that size cap is) and consider splitting into multiple groups or changing venues if size grows over time.
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Proposed Schedule: 2nd Mondays of the month
Mar. 4 (1 week earlier due to Lent)
April (No meeting due to Lent)
Steve Zabak into board games
HTMen Wargame Pics https://balagan.info/ww2-using-one-hour-wargames
HTMen recap to Fr. Mark
Add Ted to wargames plan
Add John Sallas and Ted to wargame Re club
John Sallas <email@example.com>
Post site to here:
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