Most people know that a huddle is when a football team rallies around each other to get the next play call.
Many don’t realize it was invented in the 1890s by a deaf quarterback from Gallaudet University, the nation’s first college for the deaf, as a way to keep other players from seeing what they signed.
Southeast Christian Church’s Blankenbaker Campus Men’s Ministry recently held a Men’s Huddle to rally as one so that men might be reminded and released to advance God’s Kingdom.
“This is an all-in season,” said Blankenbaker Men’s Ministry Leader Ronnie Cordrey. “We don’t want any man on the sidelines watching or simply attending, whether you’re in middle school or retired from your job.”
The goal was to go over the ministry’s vision, which is that every man would be a disciple, and the values of what it means to be a man.
“Exodus 23:17 talks about men gathering a few times a year to worship God,” Cordrey added. “There appears to be Biblical significance to men gathering for unity and to be reminded of why we’re here.”
Cordrey shared the purpose of Men’s Ministry.
“It’s to be an engine to raise up and equip men to both initiate and lead the way with what God is calling our church to be,” he said. “If we are going to experience being part of the full force of the church, then linking arms on this mission is what we must do, because we are stronger together.”
Since joining the Southeast staff seven years ago, Cordrey has focused on Proverbs 29:18, which says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (KJV).
“When there is not a clear vision and one person or team driving that vision, then men are left to see whatever they are engaged in to be the vision,” he added. “Whenever this happens, men’s environments can become sacred, competitive or seen as the solution instead of realizing any environment is simply a tool to serve a greater vision.”
Men’s Ministry values men taking a next step in their faith, having a competent and confident understanding of who Jesus is, creating authentic and intentional relationships and having a heart that invests in others.
Cordrey said men should prioritize three things in particular:
1. Be the branch. Knowing God above all else is a foundational relationship that overflows into every other facet of your life.
“It means that you personally pursue knowing God and refuse to settle for simply knowing about Him through other dudes,” Cordrey said.
2. Evangelize and make disciples. Sharing your faith with others wasn’t a suggestion, but a commandment that sees the Kingdom multiplied (Matthew 28:19-20).
This happens “one at a time” or “life on life.” Cordrey referenced author Howard Hendricks, who said, “You can impress men from a distance, but you can only influence them from up close.”
3. Serve the body. Ephesians 4:12 says, “To equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”
Specifically, men should engage in one area of Men’s Ministry and volunteer to serve in another area outside of Men’s Ministry.
“It’s essential that boys see men serving in other ministries and don’t accidentally associate serving Jesus with it being ‘what women do,’” Cordrey said.
Cordrey highlighted a few different areas to engage in Men’s Ministry, including Man Challenge, Saturday Morning Men’s Bible Study, Disciple Development Groups, Discipleship Curriculum, Manhood Journey and Men’s Mentoring among others.