Annual Ministry Update and Christmas Greeting 2023
Our team at Men’s Ministry Catalyst wishes you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year that is filled with God’s blessings, grace, and mercy. At this time of the year, it is our honor to share with you the praises and efforts that you have supported during this past year through your prayers, gifts, participation, and encouragement. This year was one of the most exciting and spiritually productive years in our ministry’s history. Praise God!
In 2023 we launched many dynamic initiatives that directed our attention to those “without hope.” This next year we underscore this mission with the theme of “Hope Eternal.” Moving forward with the power of the Holy Spirit, we will initiate a series of opportunities that allow our ministry partners to participate in a greater way by investing in the Mission of Hope Eternal for struggling pastors and churches who wish to reach men with more effective tools and resources.
For over 43 years Men’s Ministry Catalyst (a.k.a. Let’s Go Fishing Ministries, Inc.) has helped equip pastors, lay leaders, and churches around the world with biblically based resources, messages, conferences, and electronic platforms. These efforts urge men to reconnect with their faith, become better husbands and fathers, and most of all guys who make biblical disciples in relational environments. Thanks to people like you we assisted more pastors and churches in 2023 than ever before.
A Culture in Chaos
The most important item on most believers’ minds as we contemplate 2024 isn’t the elections, the immigration crisis, the war in Ukraine, the concern about the Israel and Hamas War, or the next pandemic. It is returning the hearts of people back to the Lord. This is a more important item and has tremendous, shorter- and longer-term consequences than any of the other items listed above – as important as those are. When God gets the heart of the man, He gets everything else. That is our urgent and solemn prayer as we seek the face of God in 2024.
Society has so distorted a godly view of manhood that many men are lost in the maze of twisted roles and expectations. Too many men are struggling to find their identity in Christ while being beaten up by newly established cultural norms. Too many guys are wrestling with anger, frustration, and loneliness.
For the most part, contemporary society and its brokenness can be directly linked to the “woke movement.” The downstream issues that are impacting our cities and families that spread its blight of hopelessness come from fatherless families or families where the dad is not emotionally involved in leading his tribe. Consequently, there is a direct link to a myriad of social ills such as homelessness, juvenile delinquency, pornography, poverty, crime, orphans, homosexuality, and a host of other social and emotional disorders. Too many men also grapple with their roles as leaders, shepherds, protectors, encouragers, and providers for their families.
In Jim’s newly released book, The Watchman, he describes how America is much like the nation of Israel during the time of Jeremiah, Nehemiah, and Ezekiel. God stated then what we believe to be true today in America, “Their course also is evil, and their might is not right.” (Jeremiah 23:10)
In the sixth century B.C., the nation of Judah (the southern two tribes of Israel) had become so wicked for so long that God finally had enough. They had abandoned justice and truth. They had forsaken the One True God and chased after a myriad of false gods. They sacrificed their children to these gods. They cheated and took advantage of the poor, and they practiced all kinds of sexual sins and perversions. To top it off, they had groomed their own “woke” prophets to promote their evil ways and silence anyone who disagreed with them. Does this sound familiar?
While he was among the exiles in Babylonia, God appointed Ezekiel to be a prophet and a watchman. The Lord said to him:
Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me to this very day. The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn… And whether they listen or fail to listen – for they are a rebellious people – they will know that a prophet has been among them. And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid of what they say or be terrified by them. – Ezekiel 2:3-6 NIV
Then, in Ezekiel 3:17, the Lord spoke to Ezekiel these important words, “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so, hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.” Ezekiel was to warn the people of Israel about their sin and its consequences. The Lord’s desire was for them to repent, turn to Him, and put their faith in Him. Similarly, the Lord has called us men as watchmen. He has tasked us with making disciples of all nations. As men who know and follow Jesus, we have a responsibility and calling to represent Christ well to those around us. We are to warn them of the consequences of their sins and God’s judgment to come. We are to share the Good News of forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ and urge them to forsake their sins and follow the Lord. But this holy calling to be a watchman and to make disciples must begin in our homes and pulpits.
The Good News
Because of the support from people like you, MMC has taken the message of “hope and inspiration” around this nation and to thousands of people in Tanzania, Mexico, and New Zealand. Just in the past month, Pastor Ariel Romero, the Hispanic leader of over 130 Latin American Churches, came to our office for training and equipping on how to better engage with the men in his churches and communities.
The Archbishop of the Anglican Church in New Zealand brought a delegation to meet with us for training on discipleship and ministry to men. They are hoping that our resources, training, and messages will help save the Anglican Church from the current pathway of extinction. They strongly believe that if they can reach Kiwi men in a new and fresh way, they can save their denomination.
We are humbled and grateful to the Lord for the global presence He trusts us with. Recently, Wendell and a board member traveled to Tanzania to provide biblical alternatives to churches that are trying to reach men with God’s Word and challenge them to take spiritual leadership at home and in their churches.
2023 Financial Matching Challenge – $150,000
We need God’s blessing and your financial support and prayers to accomplish the 2024 initiatives listed below. Please pray for the Men’s Movement we are called to lead and how you can invest in this eternal work. A few faith partners have generously offered to match the total gifts of this year’s fund-raising drive. Your gift will be doubled and allow us to double our efforts. Thank you for your prayers and support for a global revival of men returning to the Lord. Click here to give on-line through our secure website or for instructions on how to donate by mail. Visit our store to order The Watchman or other MMC resources for yourself or gifts for others.
In His Service,
Rev. Wendell A. Morton | Executive Director / Dr. Jim Grassi | Founder/President
P.S. “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:3-6)
2024 Strategic Initiatives
- Assist, guide, inspire, and equip our Fatih partners with resources and support that will guide them and their families to become influencers for Christ.
- Provide resources for pastors and leaders: Weekly Devotional, Weekly Tip of the Week, and Bi-Monthly Podcast, as well as books and training.
- Develop a strategic marketing strategy to include expanding social media visibility, insight into our training of pastors and leaders of men and providing more exposure to MMC’s vast resources for developing ministry to men in the local church.
- Create and continue with Quarterly Outreach Training for Pastors and Leaders of Men.
- Engage with denominations and associations to impact pastors, leaders of men, and men on a larger scale. Embrace the opportunities for more international outreach and training programs.
- Continue to address the dangers to men, in the church, as also in the world. The dangers include pornography, artificial intelligence, passivity, and unwillingness to engage as the spiritual leader for which God created men, as well as others.