Calling Men to Courageous Manhood

Today, more than ever, the world needs godly men. Men who will step up and courageously lead at home, at church, at work, and in their communities. That’s the message of Stepping Up. In a world where too many men are shrinking back, Stepping Up gives men vision and tools to live godly, courageous lives.

What is Stepping Up?

Men today are in a battle. It’s a battle without bullets or bombs, but a battle all the same. It’s a fight for our families and our future. Facing the battles of life demands courage, and courage is the ability to do the hard thing in every circumstance, despite the cost.

Winston Churchill said, “There comes into the life of every man a task for which he and he alone is uniquely suited. What a shame if that moment finds him either unwilling or unprepared for that which would become his finest hour.”

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In Stepping Up Dennis Rainey, cofounder of FamilyLife®, calls men to courageous manhood, offering a powerful vision for what it means to be a man today who truly conquers and wins in life. He defines courage throughout the five stages of manhood and commissions men to honestly evaluate where they stand. Then, he prepares men to bravely master their life purpose by developing a strategic plan and establishing a winning vision.

Stepping Up is available in a one-day video event format and a ten-week, small-group video series format. Both feature over twenty renowned ministry leaders who challenge men to dig deep into what it means to live godly and courageous lives and present transferable concepts for applying the teachings to life. The video sessions also feature man-on-the-street interviews, humorous vignettes, and engaging personal stories that bring home the truths in memorable ways.

Testimonies of men attest Stepping Up can have life-changing impact. Since Stepping Up released in 2012, more than 200,000 have participated in the event or series, with 98 percent saying they would recommend it to other men.*


*Based on a 2014 online survey of men who hosted or led a Stepping Up video event or video series.

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"The Stepping Up series was amazing. Nine men met each week and our attendance held strong the entire session. On night one, I was fielding questions about start and end times but by week three that was replaced with guys visiting for 30 minutes or longer after we wrapped up."

Series Leader

"In one way or another, the men attending shared the revelation that in order for them to step up and step out in courageous manhood they need Christ and His power to be their fuel—their wisdom and strength."

Event Host

"The retreat was a huge success! We had 23 men attend the event. Many if not all of the men left with a fire burning inside calling them to step up and be the men God has called them to be. What an encouraging weekend!"

Event Host