What distinguishes a man of significance from the rest of us?
Over the last six months, I’ve interviewed 25 men about how their faith informs all aspects of their lives. These are men with warts and warbles, but men who follow Jesus and want to be more like him.
Looking back over these episodes, I see ten themes that I find distinguish men who make a significant impact on their worlds–at work, at home, at church, and at play. These are principles that are tested in the lives of other men and all men can learn from these.
ABOUT THIS SHOW:
- 10 lessons learned from the first 25 episodes of Man in the Pew
- Phil prays for you
10 Tested Ways to Become a Man of Significance
#1: Be intentional – things don’t just happen. Spend time planning and thinking ahead.
- John McKenzie talked about this in episode 020 as it relates to involvement with youth athletics.
- Owen Hemsath talked about intentionality in episode 018 in the context of marriage.
#2: Small actions add up to massive change.
- Dan Miller spoke of the importance of starting our days on purpose.
- Aaron Walker also emphasized the importance of the first hour of the day.
#3: Power of Presence – you really can’t be two places at once.
- Joel Comm learned this lesson the hard way in the context of marriage.
- Leslie Samuel talked about what happens to our brains when we multi-task.
#4: Community – we weren’t made to do this alone.
- Nate Larkin emphasized that private sins cannot be dealt with privately. We need others to make changes.
- Steve Brown discussed ways to remove masks in our relationships with other men.
- Don Hudson addressed some of the unique challenges men face in building community.
#5: What we think about each day directly impacts our lives.
- Jamie Swalm spoke about the importance of what we read, listen to, and think about changes us.
- Joel Boggess discussed his near-death experience and how having a persevering mindset has enabled him to create massive change.
- Paul Colligan unveiled some tips for making technology your friend in the faith.
- Daniel J. Lewis discussed practical tips on speaking the truth in love, even when its painful.
#6: Visualize a future reality and start living in light of it.
- Episode 15 with Natchi Lazarus reveals a dramatic story of God setting someone free in a mere seven years.
- Bernie Borges discuss ways to stay grounded in your faith
- Cary Humphries shares practically how he walked through a layoff and a devastating wildfire.
#7: Health matters –
- George Thomas talked about wanting to be present for his daughter’s wedding
- Ray Edwards talked honestly about his struggle with Parkinsons disease.
- Bill Hendricks spoke directly to grief.
- Dan Allender gave insights on how to help people wounded by sexual abuse.
#8: Stop saying I’m a former pastor. Jesus instituted the priesthood of all believers. I just have a different flock now –
- Ray Edwards talked about hearing God’s call to be a marketplace minister.
- Jason Romano, formerly of ESPN, called us to bloom where we’re planted.
- Mike Gingerich discussed ways for business men to view their work as mission.
#9: Ministry plan for my family.
- “Do you have a discipleship plan for your family?” asks Tim Schmoyer.
- Phil discussed how Josh McDowell created a disciplineship plan with his kids even as he traveled the world.
- John McKenzie revealed how he sees sports as part of his discipleship plan for his children.
- Andy Traub discussed how he keeps work in balance with his family.
Time Stamp Show Notes
1:14 – First lesson learned: Be intentional
2:22 – Second lesson learned: Small actions add up to massive changes, Proverbs 21:5
4:50 – Third lesson learned: The power of presence
7:15 – Fourth lesson learned: The importance of community
12:09 – Fifth lesson learned: Mental food that changes us
13:18 – Sixth lesson learned: Visualize the day you are debt free
14:22 – Seventh lesson learned: Health matters
17:14 – Eighth lesson learned: Ministry can be anywhere not just in the church
19:50 – Ninth lesson learned: Do you have a discipleship plan for your family?
23:06 – Tenth lesson learned: Praying before podcasts and praying for the listeners
25:11 – Praying for this podcast