Mississippi delegation attends ManPower Men’s Conference

Members of Men of Valor, a ministry of New Beginnings Christian Fellowship Church in Pearl, Miss., journeyed to Dallas, Texas, to participate in ManPower 2012, one of the largest men conferences in the world.

By Alice Thomas-Tisdale

Jackson Advocate Publisher

The ManPower Men’s Conference, “Where Men Talk,” was held August 9-12, 2012 at the Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas. Several members of various congregations throughout Mississippi “got on the bus” to join men from all around the world — black, white, red, brown — to have an encounter with God and their identity. Mission possible, mission achieved. Those who journeyed from Mississippi to Dallas say they had an experience with God to face reality, and to be empowered by God to change their environment. Attendees were ministered the word of God by some of nation’s leading authorities in the gospel, including Bishop T. D. Jakes, Pastor Marvin

Sapp, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez and Bishop Michael Pitts. Musicians, including Pastor Donnie McClurkin, The Katinas, Isaac Carree, Charles Jenkins and Byron Cage, inspired the men through song and testimony. Mississippi church leaders attending the conference included Bishop J. Edward Griffin of Pearl, Pastor Tommie Wheeler from Crystal Springs, Pastor Charles Freeman from Brandon, and Bishop Shawn Anderson from Hattiesburg. Also participating were several members of New Beginnings Christian Fellowship Church Men of Valor ministry, under the leadership of Bishop J. Edward Griffin. “We gathered together to worship God in the beauty of his holiness,” commented Bishop Griffin.

“ManPower was what it was, real men talking about real issues and problems men deal with in everyday life. Bishop Jakes reminded us that before we begin talking about our issues, “What goes on in the house stays in the house.” According to Jackson attorney Kenya Martin, a member of New Beginnings Christian Fellowship Church Men of Valor, the 2012 ManPower Conference, “was simply life changing and awesome! I had never been in an environment where at least 20,000 men were all worshipping and praising God! To me, it gave life to the scripture, “Oh, that men would praise His name.” Personally, I got several life changing messages (which I will use in ministry) in order to help someone along life’s way.

I would encourage every man who’s interested in making positive changes for the Kingdom of God to register now for next year’s conference! If you don’t have transportation, starting walk or running that way!!!” Several sessions were held during the conference. Bishop Griffin gave pause to one of the sessions that impacts his duties within the church. “Man Talk was about men being committed to having ‘faith’ regardless of the titles we hold in life. Whether we are bishops, pastors, deacons, teachers, professional athletes, lawyers, doctors, recording artists, etc. Whatever we use to identify who we are in the our communities, God has chosen us to be faithful men, men of integrity and character.

And we realize that we all have our struggles of different issues in life but remaining silent and not willing to talk about it or them only leads to stress and more frustration.” Bishop Griffin said the ManPower conference is not about Bishop Jakes. “It’s about men coming together to identify who they are and to rebuild where they are in life to take their rightful place as men of God in our homes, in our churches, and in our communities. It’s real men being fathers to our sons and daughters, even to those who don’t have or know their fathers. Bishop Griffin summed up the success of ManPower 2012 this way: “Men who were in bondage, left the conference having been set free. They left having freedom. They left having been liberated. They left being revived, renewed, and restored. We look forward to attending next and to take as many men as we can so they can experience and be empowered like we were.”