A Nashotah House Conference
MEN AND THE CHURCH: IS THERE A FUTURE? November 2 – 3, 2012
A conference for clergy, pastors, emerging denominational leaders and individuals who are passionate about men’s ministry in their local church
This dynamic conference will explore in depth the critical church issue widely referred to as the “missing man” and the impact this decades-long crisis is having on the life of the local church.
- Gain an understanding of the impact of the “missing man” and the challenge it poses.
- Receive clear insight into masculine spirituality.
- Learn how to lead the Christian spiritual formation process for men.
- Come away with a model and strategy for ministry to men that will work in your church.
- Take away practical insights, examples, and implementable programming for your church.
Nashotah House is pleased to welcome presenters: From the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida
After working in the private sector for twenty-five years and in men’s ministry in his own parish, Church of the Redeemer, Sarasota since 1988, Mr. Jay Crouse accepted a call by the Bishop to a full-time men’s ministry position with the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida in September 1999. The vision for this intentional ministry, Episcopal Men’s Ministries (EMM), has been to
reach and draw men back into the life of the seventy-eight Episcopal Churches in the diocese. This is the first such initiative in any Episcopal diocese in the country.
In 2004, through the leadership of the Bishop, EMM reached beyond the Episcopal denomination and developed and led Equipping The 70 (Luke 10:1). Through the leadership of an ecumenical team over 125 men were graduated from this program and are discipling new men of faith in the region.
Since stepping down as EMM Director in May 2011, Mr. Crouse continues to serve in ministry as a Men’s Ministry Specialist focusing on several strategic projects. He has authored a book to be published in the fall of 2012 entitled, Men and the Church: Is there a Future?
The Rev. Gary Wilde, ’06, has been involved in starting men’s small groups and leading teams for retreat planning for many years. Before entering the Episcopal priesthood in 2006, he was a Methodist minister, a part-time philosophy teacher and served as a staff editor at Cook Communications during the 1980s. For several decades he continued as editor of David C. Cook’s devotional magazine, The Quiet Hour and Standard Publishing’s devotional magazine, Devotions. As a freelancer, Fr. Wilde spent fifteen years writing, collaborating, and editing books and articles on contract for Christian publishers. Along with serving as senior copy editor for Christianity Today’s Leadership Handbooks of Practical Theology, he is the creator of Chariot-Victor’s Encouragers series for men and author-compiler of the Promises to Treasure series for Broadman & Holman.