Posted date: 19 Jan 2012
New Wine Partnership
TWO NATIONAL charities based in the UK are partnering together in a groundbreaking initiative to reach men with the Christian message. New Wine and CVM are hosting bespoke men’s events across the UK to buck the current spiritual trend amongst guys. The partnership was struck on the back of alarming statistics showing the vast exodus of men who have left the British Church in the last 15 years. Events are being held under the title ‘Iron Sharpens Iron’ where experts in the field of evangelism and male spirituality will head up seminars and talks.
Rev Carl Beech, CVM Director, said: “Our movement exists to see millions of men in this country encounter the message of Jesus. Over the last 20 years 38% of believing men left the church. The decline is pretty terminal and in 30 years time there could be zero men left in church communities in the UK.
“We are hugely excited to be in partnership with New Wine to reach men. We both have the same vision of seeing local churches transform the UK and we both see reaching men as fundamental to seeing that vision fulfilled. By working together we can achieve so much more for the Kingdom. We're full of anticipation for what God is doing!”
The first ‘Iron Sharpens Iron’ event was held at the Soul Survivor Church in Watford before the New Year, which saw over 700 men gather together. Both CVM and New Wine are predicting another great turn out for the upcoming Manchester Day. Manchester Church Leader Anthony Delaney and New Wine Regional Director Mark Melluish will speak alongside Carl Beech at the event.
Mark Melluish said: “New Wine has chosen to partner with CVM because of the heart that we share to reach this nation through the local church. Reaching men is key to that dream and the New Wine/CVM partnership headed up by Carl Beech and Myself, is something we believe could see this dream become reality.”
Tickets are sold out for the Iron Sharpens Iron Day which will be held at The Forum Hall, Wythenshawe in Manchester on Saturday Jan 21. The event will run from 9.30am to 5pm and entry costs £20.
More information available here: new-wine.org/events/mens-days