Sunday, August 26, 2012
‘Meet Me at the Jetty’
Global Leaders Celebrate 35th Anniversary of Christian Men’s Network, Honor Founder Dr. Edwin Louis Cole remembered as ‘Father of the Christian Men’s Movement’ 10 years after his death
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
NEWPORT BEACH, CA (ANS) -- The Christian Men's Network (CMN), a global men's movement which has trained over 1 million men in more than 100 nations, this weekend celebrated 35 years of ministry, while commemorating the 10-year mark since the passing of its founder and father of the Christian Men's Movement, Dr. Edwin Louis Cole, and the 30th anniversary of his landmark book, “Maximized Manhood,” considered a Christian classic among many.
The event included messages by Christian statesmen such as James O. Davis, founder of the Billion Soul Network with more than 400,000 churches worldwide; Robert Barriger of Camino de Vida in Lima, Peru; and Doug Stringer, founder of Somebody Cares International.
“The principles of Ed Cole are not just defined by the length of his life, but they continue to impact the world today,” said Dr. Glenn Burris, president of the Foursquare Church International, who joined other Christian leaders in Newport Beach. “He was an effective influencer and his teaching spoke to every area of life.”
“Dr. Cole brought people out of the darkness and into the light because of what he said,” Bishop Dale Bronner, pastor of Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral in Atlanta, GA, said at the gathering. “The greatest gift a father can give his children is not his own wealth, but to help them recognize the wealth that resides in the child.”
“Christian Men's Network is not a ministry, it's a discipling movement,” said Eddy Leo, pastor of the 250,000-member Abbalove Church in Jakarta, who brought his leaders from Indonesia to the commemoration. “When we mentor the next generation as fathers, we will see major change happen.”
“No person is dead as long as their name is mentioned and their story is being told,” Dr. Jim Garlow, senior pastor of Skyline Church in La Mesa, Calif., said of Dr. Cole's legacy at the anniversary banquet. “Dr. Cole has been and is still far ahead of our time.”
The Christian Men's Network is a thriving global men's ministry that has trained over 1 million leaders in more than 100 nations. The world-renowned “Majoring in Men” curriculum stems from the ministry and has become the most successful men's mentoring material of its kind, adopted by two major denominations for their international men's ministry, and endorsed by over 8 million men. For more information on Christian Men's Network, visit http://www.christianmensnetwork.com.
NOTE TO EDITORS: For an interview with Paul Cole, president of Christian Men's Network, and more information on Christian Men's Network, please visit www.alrcnewskitchen.com/cmn or contact Kristin Cole at Kristin@alarryross.com or 972.267.1111.
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