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.

How to Host a Video Event

Whether you’re a pastor with years of experience, a men’s ministry leader, or just a regular guy who wants to grow spiritually and help others do the same, Stepping Up® was designed for you. Each leader kit comes with everything you need to lead a men’s study group or men’s event: DVDs with the teaching content, a leader’s guide or host guide, and a copy of the participant workbook. In addition, you will find helpful information on how to host the event or series and promotional tips and tools on this website.

Stepping Up Video Event Kit provides the basic materials you need to host an event.

  • Included are:
  • DVD Sessions
  • Event Manual
  • Host Guide
  • Stepping Up Hardback Book
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Hosting the Stepping Up Video Event Step by Step

1. BEGIN WITH PRAYER.
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed” (Proverbs 16:3, NIV). Before you begin preparations for a Stepping Up® video event, commit your plans to the Lord. Unless the Holy Spirit is at work, the hearts of men will not be changed no matter how perfectly the day is planned. Include prayer for the men who will attend.

2. MEET WITH YOUR PASTOR.
If you haven’t already, share with your pastor or another staff member about the Stepping Up video event, and secure his support for your church to host it.

3. CHOOSE A LOCATION.
Will your event be for the men of your church? Or will you invite men from other churches and the community at large? The number of participants will help you determine whether to reserve a church sanctuary or fellowship hall, community center, hotel banquet room, or other large venue. Since content is delivered by DVD, please make sure the location has sufficient video and audio capabilities. Also, choose a location where lunch can be served.

4. SET THE SCHEDULE.
With four video-led sessions, the Stepping Up video event is designed to be flexible to fit several different scheduling options. Decide whether you will host an all-day event or break up the sessions over the weekend. For a one-day event, we suggest you begin no later than 9 a.m. if you want to finish by 5 p.m. Some other options are to have two sessions on Friday and two on Saturday. Or you could hold one session on Friday, two sessions on Saturday, and one on Sunday.

5. ORDER MATERIALS.
Order the Stepping Up video event kit which includes the DVDs and other materials you will need to host the event. Once you know how many men will be attending, order an event manual for each guest.

6. PREVIEW THE KIT AND MANUAL.
While the content for the day will be presented on DVD, you will want to be familiar with it beforehand.

7. DETERMINE IF YOU WILL CHARGE A FEE.
Costs you can expect to incur are event manuals, lunch (for a one-day event), and a facility fee (depending on where you host your event). Decide whether your church or organization will cover these costs or if you will charge attendees a fee.

8. PLAN FOR FOOD.
If you are going with a one-day event, we recommend a noon meal along with morning and afternoon snacks. Even if your event schedule does not overlap a meal time, allow for breaks and provide snacks during those times.

9. PROMOTE THE EVENT.
Promotional materials are available here.

10. PLAN FOR AFTER THE EVENT.
Provide an opportunity for men to dig deeper into the topic of godly, courageous manhood by hosting the Stepping Up small group video series.

Invite Others to Your Video Event

Your church and community will have many channels for promotion of The Art of Marriage video event. However, the best promotion is a personal invitation. Nothing beats a one-on-one conversation. Encourage your team to draw up a list of personal contacts and begin reaching out.

Work with your church office to set the event date and determine channels for promotion. Below is a list of possible ways you can promote the event through your church:

  • Distribute flyers in Sunday school classes or small groups.
  • Put up posters in well-traveled areas, such as hallways, classrooms, and restrooms.
  • Request an announcement on the church’s website, in newsletters, and in the worship service; send an email to men.
  • Place a banner ad on your church website.
  • Ask your pastor to endorse the event and encourage men to attend. A personal word from your pastor will be a powerful incentive.
  • Show a promotional video in a worship service and in men’s Sunday school classes.
  • Set up an information table before and after services in the church lobby. Show a promotional video, distribute information, and register men.

If you are opening up your event to other churches or the larger community:

  • Promote your event on Eventbrite. You’ll be able to invite guests and/or collect event fees through the system (for a nominal fee).
  • Place posters in other churches and in community businesses (ask permission first).
  • Create an event on Facebook, share with your Facebook friends, and ask them to forward it to their friends as well.
  • Send a Twitter message to your followers or ask your church leaders to tweet about it.
  • Request a public service announcement on your community’s radio station and/or cable provider’s community channel.
  • If feasible, place an ad on local websites and in local newspapers.
  • Contact local media.

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"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."

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"I visualize us making this an ongoing men's study for some time to come—absolutely the best I've seen. Thank you for 'stepping up' to help us"

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"Today I want to cut the cycle, to be a better dad for my children so they don't have to go through the same thing."

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