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2012 Northland Sharpening Iron Men's Ministry Workshop

The 2012 "Leading Men into Leadership" workshop was held on April 14 at Clyde Iron.  About 40 men from six or seven area churches were there.  The response to the messages and format were very positive.  I will post audios of all the messages within the next few days.  I invite your comments from those that attended.

And many thanks to the guys at Clyde Iron that were so hospitable to us.  A great venue!!


2012 Northland Sharpening Iron

Men's Ministry Workshop

Proverbs 27:17

"Leading Men into Leadership"

The Northland Sharpening Iron Men's Ministry Planning Committee invites laymen and clergy from all Northland Area churches to this Men's Ministry Workshop. The workshop is designed for men interested in learning new ideas about starting, strengthening and increasing the Men's Ministry options and effectiveness in their own local church. If you have been actively involved or would like to become involved in leading or organizing a new men's ministry in your church, this workshop is for you. We are praying that current men's ministry leaders and those wanting to become part of this type of ministry will commit to attending this event, which is intended to connect, empower, encourage and edify current and newly started Men's Ministries in the churches of the Northland Area (Twin Ports). 

Invite your friends from other churches to attend this workshop!!

The workshop will be held at

Clyde Iron (Iron Clyde Restaurant) in Duluth

from 9:00 am to Noon on April 14, 2012

Come early for coffee and fellowship at about 8:30 am. The conference room is provided to us free if we buy lunch. The standard lunch menu is about $9 to $10 + Tax and Gratuity. The workshop fee is $5.00 to cover mid morning coffee break and other workshop costs.

To determine conference room size we need to know how many are coming !! Register by calling Ted at 218-269-7809, or email sharpeningiron@gmail.com.

It is still possible to attend if you get your name to me as late as
Friday Morning, April 13th, 2012.



"Leading Men into Leadership" 

Workshop Agenda

Welcome, Vision and Mission

by Ted Sexton, Cloquet Gospel Tab

Impact of Men's Ministry on My Life

by Lee Harris, Cloquet Gospel Tab

Lessons from the Trenches: The Value, the Triumphs and Challenges of Men's Ministry

by Paul Harkness, Teen Challenge, Duluth

Coffee Break

Commissioned to Lead

by Mike Odberg, Mighty Oaks Academy for Men

A Case Study of the “Featured Speaker Format”   Some ideas on getting started, and making it work. (Using featured speaker format along with fellowship, service and adventure opportunities as a draw.)

by Ted Sexton, CGT

Book or Bible Study, Getting Started, Making it Flourish!

by Pastor Brett Schmidt, Lakeview Covenant

Group Discussion, share ideas, successes and failed attempts, ask questions. Discuss how you may launch a new men's ministry in your church. Discuss possible future conferences and workshops with other themes.

Lunch (order from the menu)

Website Demonstration after lunch for those interested

Demonstration of an existing men's group website and how to go about setting one up, and managing it.  It's fairly easy to set up and update with Google sites.  If you don't buy a domain name, it's free.  A domain name costs about $10 per year.   Discussion the effectiveness of a website as part of your ministry.    Discuss if is worth the effort or not?

Workshop Planning Team.

  • Paul Harkness Teen Challenge

  • Eric Hofstad, Bayside Baptist in Superior

  • Dave Larson, Duluth Gospel Tabernacle

  • Scott Michaels, KDNW

  • Mike Odberg, Mighty Oaks Academy for Men

  • Pastor Brett Schmidt, Lakeview Covenant

  • Ted Sexton, Cloquet Gospel Tabernacle

  • Dan Raymond, KDNW

  • Chuck Vanderscheuren, New Life Covenant in Twig