Equip 4 Life: Bringing Young Men Closer to Each Other and God
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another,” Proverbs 27:17
On Sept. 13, twelve Corban men started a 10-week journey through the book, “Disciplines of a Godly Man,” by R. Kent Hughes, as part of the Equip 4 Life program. For 10 weeks, these men will meet with their peers and group leaders to discover what it means to build foundational relationships with other men and discover who God wants them to be.
Groups meet once per week for an hour and a half to encourage each other and discuss book chapters and life application. Two staff members work with each of the three groups. The men use a workbook and are expected to spend about an hour each week in study and reflection and working with key scripture and verses.
“They are challenged to set a goal each week and say I want to work on this and this and this,” said Director of Resident Life Jimmy D’Agosta. “My hope is that something during the 10-week period resonates with you, and when it does we jump on board with you. This is what a group of guys can do to support each other.”
Students also get a Spiritual Growth Church and Community Service (CCS) credit once they complete the 10-week session.
The Equip 4 Life program, originally called Men Mentoring Men, was developed by retired pastor Mel Wiggers and was a 27-week study following “Disciplines of a Godly Man.”
“I had been looking for something for about a year or so that would be a good fit for our students,” D’Agosta said. “Mel had approached several people on campus and introduced his program. There were so many programs that didn’t hit what we were looking for. I saw this as something that could be adapted for men on our campus.
“The book really offers many things that you can cover,” D’Agosta said. “I liked the idea that the topics would generate conversation.” Topics in the book include disciplines of purity, friendship, mind, prayer, integrity, giving, ministry and more.
One of the biggest obstacles D’Agosta faced as he reworked the program was a time constraint. He wanted to fit it into a 20-week semester and still be relevant to the men’s lives. He also wanted to leave room at the beginning and end of a semester for class schedule adjustments and finals.
“I didn’t want to focus on just one topic, but hit a variety of topics they could relate to,” D’Agosta said. During the summer he tested the program on six men using eight topics over eight weeks.
“I got to walk through this with them,” he said. “That experience helped me decide what we wanted to keep vs. what we wanted to change.”
Students have the option to meet for the second 10 weeks of the program if they choose to, and D’Agosta hopes they will.
“My hope is that we recognize that God works on us in different ways,” D’Agosta said. “These guys are hungry for something and when you’re hungry, the passion comes out. We’re in this together.”