Author David Murrow writes in page 47 of his book, Why Men Hate Going to Church: When a mother comes to faith in Christ, the rest of the family follows 17% of time. But when a father comes to faith in Christ, the rest of the family follows 93% of the time. The implications for family relations and member retention are astounding. He goes on to explain that most men feel that churches are geared to using men and not meetings their social needs. For most men, church is another job, not a place where they attend to find camaraderie or a social network of friends and colleagues.
Most churches relegate men to teaching, work bee’s and collecting offerings. Because of this marginalization even more men are leaving, creating a dearth in the churches. According to Focus on the Family and Barna Research Group, most men’s needs fall into the following eleven categories:
1. Men need action
2. Men need safety
3. Men need to be challenged
4. Men need to get to the point
5. Men need to win
6. Men need to dream
7. Men need other men like them
8. Men need help working around work time
9. Men need healing
10. Men need freedom
11. Men need to identify
The Texico Conference recognizes this challenge and has created the Men’s Ministries Department. The task is two-fold; create awareness within the local churches of the unmet needs of men in their communities and help them create a viable Men’s Ministries Department by training their local leaders. Secondly to create an opportunity where men from within our conference can gather together and receive encouragement and support to grow and make a difference in their local communities.
The men of the Texico Conference are aware of God’s admonition recorded in Malachi 4:5-6, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” This challenge is to create a unified body within the church and family. Together we seek to reverse this trend and strengthen our families and churches by meeting the needs of all our members.
Men's Ministries Director
Rodel Liwanag is forever grateful to God for leading him into ministry and allowing him to migrate to the U.S. from the Philippines. Pastor Liwanag and his family came to serve in the Texico Conference in 1993 and were excited to start a new journey in the Southwest. Unfortunately, on November 11, 1998, Pastor Liwanag’s wife, two children and a niece were involved in a tragic accident and were killed by a drunk driver. Several years later, Pastor Liwanag married his wife Prospil, an Internist/Cardiologist from the Philippines and the Lord blessed them with a son who is the pride and joy of his life. Pastor Liwanag is currently serving as the senior pastor of the El Paso Central and the El Paso Northeast Seventh-day Adventist Churches. He is also the Men’s Ministries Director of the Texico Conference. Pastor Liwanag’s goal is to prepare his family, and the flock the Lord has entrusted to his care, to meet our Savior Jesus Christ in His soon return.