Why I Love Man Up Conference

Today is the day – our annual Man Up Conference! In fact, this is our 5th year of hosting this unique event. It was a little more than five years ago when God challenged me through 1 Corinthians 16:13 – “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.” Our purpose is to (1) challenge men to a passionate walk with God, (2) caution men of Satan’s devices in spiritual warfare, (3) compel men to faithfulness in their life roles, and (4) cultivate men as leaders in their local church.

Here’s why I love Man Up Conference:


Each year we have two pastors who come and preach God’s Word to us, and this year is no different. I’m thrilled that two of my favorite preachers are coming – Johnny Pope & Scott Tewell. Pastor Pope is just a tremendous preacher. His preparation, commitment to the text, and ability to illustrate make him one of the most engaging speakers we’ve had for our men’s conference. Pastor Tewell is a helpful mentor to me. I’m thankful for the spirit of his ministry, his passion for expository preaching, and his humility in the work of God. I’m really glad Pastor Tewell agreed to come. At Man Up, we don’t give “little talks,” we have biblical preaching! You’re going to LOVE these two men.


The fellowship is awesome! We have 350 men registered from up and down the east coast. Some are coming from as far north as New York and as far south as Georgia. It’s helpful for men to be around each other in an environment like this for encouragement, godly fellowship, and spiritual enrichment.


Imagine 350 men, who are packed in an auditorium singing together…praying together…growing together. The worship is special! My personal favorite? The all-men’s choir!


If you’re looking for a men’s conference that has salads, hotdogs, or hot tea…then this is not the one for you! But if you’re looking for a BIG ribeye followed by a pork BBQ lunch, then Man Up is definitely your meeting.


Whether it be a tornado coming through the property (our 1st year)…watching the manliest man in your church “turn in his man card” in front of everyone… seeing men pig-out in the food eating contest…or, simply watching God work in our hearts, man up conference is sure to bring unforgettable memories.

I can’t wait for tonight! It’s going to be another epic Man Up Conference. In case you missed this year’s registration, mark your calendar and plan to register for March 10-11, 2017 with special speakers: Bryan Samms & Shane Lewis.

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