God is all about leadership. All throughout the Bible, He calls men to lead and initiate His plans.
Nothing has changed. God continues to call men to the forefront of leadership in their homes, businesses, churches and communities.
For this reason, all men experience leadership. From birth to adolescence and from adolescence to manhood, men are instructed, advised, directed and influenced.
Some men experience healthy, God-honoring leadership – the kind that leads to great decision-making and encourages men to reach their potential. Others experience toxic leadership and are pushed toward poor decision-making. This results in going down paths God never intended men to walk.
Regardless of past experiences, the Bible encourages all men to seek effective leaders.
Proverbs 15:22 – “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed.”
In today’s culture, there are men who are obligated to lead others. In contrast, there are men who need to be led by others before they can successfully lead and influence.
For men or leaders of men to experience true leadership, they must first understand the varying degrees of leadership. This is why Men of Iron provides options for men and men’s ministries to experience the varying degrees of leadership through our tools and training for growth in the areas of faith, family, friends, fitness and finances.
This is defined as the lowest degree of leadership, where a man leads a small group of men (5-12 men) with tools and training to help them grow in their faith, family, friends, fitness and finances. To be successful at this level, a man must be intentional and take initiative by inviting other men into a purposeful mission with clear standards and expectations for the group. Level 1 leadership often results in multiple men growing in their 5F’s, which multiplies new leaders of men. Men of Iron provides this type of leadership opportunity to men through our Men of Iron+ group licensing, Anchoredman Bootcamp series and Equilibrium curriculum.
This is defined as a moderate degree of leadership, where a man acts as a mentor in a 1-to-1 or micro group setting. To be successful at this level, a man must be willing to invite a prospective protégé into a mentorship and in some cases, accept an invitation from an interested protégé. Level 2 leadership requires a mentor to help a protégé experience accountability, balance and spiritual growth. While the protégé is responsible for his goal, the mentor must have a passion to coach another man. Level 2 leaders meet with a protégé a minimum of two times per month. Men of Iron provides this type of leadership opportunity through our Strong27™ Mentorship experience.
This is defined as a high degree of leadership, where a man actively initiates multiple mentorships or small groups in his church or community. Leaders at this level are effective at recruiting other like-minded men into the mission of mentoring a man or leading a small group. Level 3 leaders change the culture around them because they have the ability to get buy-in from other leaders in their network. Together, this group of men rally around the mission of helping men know God and their purpose. Level 3 leaders know how to get other men involved and will do whatever it takes to multiply the kingdom through men. Men of Iron provides this type of leadership opportunity through our Strong27™ church and community partner models.
This is defined as the highest degree of leadership, where a man joins the mission of Men of Iron by becoming a representative of the organization in his city, state or region. Men at this level lead others to implement Men of Iron’s programs and services in churches and communities throughout a region. Level 4 leaders have a passion to represent Men of Iron and desire to change a culture, one man at a time. Representatives can be volunteer, part-time or full-time and are fully equipped by Men of Iron’s headquarters in Manheim, PA. Men of Iron provides this type of leadership opportunity through our regional model and efforts.