|Influencer’s West has two Southern California men’s meetings we call our Band of Brothersone in Irvine, and one in Fullerton. We believe every Christian man has a desire to be in a group of men that share their values, goals and vision for what a man who has given his heart to Christ can and should be. Guys want and need relationships with other men, and we believe that a man cannot fully become the man God created him to be in a vacuum.The Scriptures teach us that there are no Lone Rangers in the body of Christ. We were created for fellowship and relationship, and we are the most healthy and balanced when we are around healthy, balanced men who are closely following Jesus Christ.
We gather each week to be inspired, encouraged, taught, and to worship. We also gather to be with the guys. Our Friday group, which has been meeting every week for the last 16 years, has an average attendance of about 140-150 men from over 60 different churches. Our Wednesday group, which has been meeting for over two years, has 30-40 men each week from over 15 different churches.
David Murrow in his insightful book, Why Men Hate Going To Church, calls these kinds of groups "Men’s Church." This means we strategically, intentionally and unapologetically fashion our worship and messages to directly minister to men and their needs in our culture and world today. Our theme for last year and this year is: “The men of Issachar understood the times and knew what Israel should do, for such a time as this.” (I Chronicles 12:32, Esther 4:14)
Our focus is on helping men understand what it means to be a Man of God in this generation, for such a time as this.
We believe these things about men:
We see men not as they are, but as they will be when Jesus Christ is truly Lord of their life.
We see men who have the mind of Christ, who know their purpose in life, and who make all of their decisions with the gospel of Jesus Christ in full view.
We see spiritually hungry men who are eager to grow to become the Men of God they know God created them to be.
We see men who understand what it means to be a Man of God, and who are secure in that identity, knowing their adequacy comes from Him.
We see men who are not insecure or fearful to embrace their role as spiritual leaders with their wives, children and in their church.
We see men banding together to finish strong by helping each other reach the “well done good and faithful servant” finish line.
We see men who understand what it means to be free in the grace of Christ who are helping other men become free as well.
We see men who are focused, prepared, on their guard, and standing firm in the faith.
We see men who spend much time in the presence of Jesus Christ, and out of their intimate relationship Him, exercise their God-given gifts and passions in the service of their local church.
We see men influencing their world for Christ because they have spent time with Him and have become like Him.
Jesus started the first ministry to men. He stepped into a world that was in as much chaos as ours is today. Everyone had a cause or a plan to make things right. The politicians tried to get him to join their party. He declined, making the obvious unspoken statement that while politics has its place, for what he came to do, politics was not the answer. The Zealots sought to get him to join their band and run the Romans out of Israel. That wasn’t his purpose for coming. They tried to persuade him to be their king. He told them that his kingdom was not of this world. He didn’t come to be their earthly king.
What was his plan? A band of brothers! He called a ragtag group of twelve men to follow him with the offer to make them fishers of men. He recruited them not based on their gifts or appearance; not based on their financial or social status; not even based on their religious training or position. He recruited them not based on their abilities, but on their availability to leave everything and follow him. They came from varied and different walks of life, and they came because they had gotten a taste of his love, grace, power and authority and they wanted more.
We invite and include men whether they are affiliated with a church or not, regardless of their ethnicity, age or any other factor. We are committed to meeting as men in the Spirit of Christ to build up and encourage each other as men born in this generation for such a time as this.
Band of Brothers: Irvine
Band of Brothers Fullerton
Band of Brothers